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Apostles As Sheep Among Wolves

Matthew 10:16-23

by Alan Sherban

Persecution is a significant theme in the book of Matthew, and in his sermon to the Apostles Jesus explicitly says that he was sending his Apostles to be persecuted by the wolves. Yet this in no way brings into question the fact that Christ is the Good Shepherd of his sheep, for even in the midst of persecution he accomplishes good purposes for his people.

Finding Christ's People in the Cities of Israel

Matthew 10:11-15

by Alan Sherban

The mission of the Apostles as given in Matthew 10 was one of seeking and finding the sheep in Israel who belonged to Jesus.

Mission Basics

Matthew 10:5-10

by Alan Sherban

Before explaining the detail of Jesus' sermon to the Apostles, Matthew recorded the Lord's overview of the basics of the mission in verses 5-10. In this overview Jesus told the Apostles where they were to go, what they were to say, and what they were to give as they fulfilled this mission which was ripe with redemptive purpose.

Gospel-Driven Unity

Romans 12:1-2

by Alan Sherban

Unity in the local church comes only because of the ministry of the Gospel to the people of God. The Gospel unifies God's people because it transforms them, because it consecrates them, and because it demands it of them.

The Apostles' Sermon

Matthew 10:5-42

by Alan Sherban

Matthew 10 contains a sermon by Jesus that is often overlooked (possibly because it is overshadowed by the greatness of the Sermon on the Mount a few chapters earlier). But this sermon to the Apostles is rich in truth and is practically helpful for us even today.

The King and All of His Men, Part 2

Matthew 10:1-4

by Alan Sherban

Much can be learned from observing the Lord's deliberate grouping of the Apostles. In this lesson we take note of the fact that they are always grouped in Scripture into 3 different groups of 4 men, and that each group reveals something important about how Christ uses his servants in his ministry.

The King and All of His Men, Part 1

Matthew 10:1-4

by Alan Sherban

The Lord of the harvest has authority and power to bring in his harvest by whatever means he wills, and so Jesus calls to himself the Twelve apostles whom he will send out into the world.

The Sovereign Ministry of Jesus

Matthew 9:35-38

by Alan Sherban

The ministry of Jesus was (and is still) unlike any other human ministry to the world. This is because his ministry was one of greatest power, of deepest passion, and of sovereign planning.

How Not to Respond to Jesus

Matthew 9:32-34

by Alan Sherban

Captive to darkness, the Pharisees came to the wrong conclusion about Jesus. But worse than that, they sought to spread their destructive error to the crowds gathered to be healed by Jesus.

Jesus Is Our Only Hope

Matthew 9:18-31

by Alan Sherban

Towards the end of Matthew 9 we find a final set of three miracles which portray Jesus as the only hope for sinners.

Christian Fasting

by Alan Sherban

What does the Bible prescribe concerning a Christian's practice of fasting? In this sermon we unpack a Biblical theology of fasting to help us understand why and how we ought to fast today.

The Nature of the Call of Christ, Part 3

Matthew 9:9-17

by Alan Sherban

Christ calls his disciples to joy and to newness. Apart from these and the other marks of his call that we find in Matthew 9:9-17, we cannot be certain that it is truly the commanding call of Jesus that we have followed.

Jesus Came to Call Sinners

Matthew 9:13

by Alan Sherban

Jesus stated that his purpose for coming to earth was to call sinners. If we ask the question, "Why did Jesus come to call sinners?" then we can look to the whole of Matthew's gospel for the answer, in which he gives us 5 reasons why it is only sinners whom Jesus came to call to be his disciples.

The Nature of the Call of Christ, Part 2

Matthew 9:9-17

by Alan Sherban

Not only is the call of Christ to discipleship a call to conversion, it is also a call to obedience, to evangelize, and to be healed.

The Nature of the Call of Christ, Part 1

Matthew 9:9-17

by Alan Sherban

Jesus calls all his disciples to follow him, and his disciples will follow. But his call is not an undefined and open-ended call; Matthew 9:9-17 indicates that it is a call marked by 6 specific characteristics.

Jesus, Strong in Power, Part 3

Matthew 9:1-8

by Alan Sherban

The healing of the lame man as recorded in Matthew 9:1-8 evidences the fact that the saving power of Jesus is stronger than any sin that might tempt us to doubt his ability to save.

Why We Love

1 John 4:7-12

by Danny Gumprecht

Love for one another is a distinguishing and defining mark of true Christians, and in this text the apostle John provides for us all 3 reasons why it is that we ought to love.

Jesus Strong in Power, Part 2

Matthew 8:23-9:8

by Alan Sherban

Jesus is not only stronger than any natural force or circumstance, but he also demonstrates the fact that he has unassailable power over the supernatural realm.

Jesus Strong in Power, Part 1

Matthew 8:23-9:8

by Alan Sherban

The second set of three miracles in Matthew 8-9 reveals to us that Jesus is more powerful than any potential threat to our souls.

What Jesus Demands of His Disciples

Matthew 8:18-22

by Alan Sherban

Knowing more facts about Jesus isn't the chief goal of Matthew's Gospel. He rather would have his readers realize that the truth about who Jesus is means that he must be followed on his terms.

Local Church Leadership

John 21:15-19

by Alan Sherban

Leadership in the church is an important facet of New Testament ministry, as Christ himself gave instruction for his sheep to be fed.

Jesus the Healer, Part 2

Matthew 8:1-17

by Alan Sherban

The most important instructions gleaned from reading the three healing accounts in Matthew 8 are the manifestation of his inherent power and his uncompromised identity.

Jesus the Healer, Part 1

Matthew 8:1-17

by Alan Sherban

Out of the thousands of healings that Jesus performed, Matthew recorded just three particular instances in order to portray Jesus as the Christ, the Son of David, and the Son of Abraham. In this first part of consideration of these verses we consider the fact that these three miraculous events all give evidence to what true saving faith actually is.

The Sovereignty and Mercy of God

Jonah

by Nathan Machel

The story of the prophet Jonah gives us a just a glimpse into the character of God - that he is sovereign over all things and that he is incomparably merciful. We also learn from this book that the mercy of God compels us all to repent and turn to him.

The Great Necessity of Corporate Worship

Hebrews 10:19-27

by Alan Sherban

Worshipping God as a congregation is not only the wonderful and delightful practice of the local church, it is the vital and necessary practice of the local church.

Worship the Redeeming and Gathering God

Psalm 107

by Alan Sherban

The congregation is to come together for worship together, and as we do so we are to focus on the fact that God has redeemed us and has gathered us to himself from every corner of the Earth.

Acceptable Worship Unto God

Genesis 4:1-7

by Alan Sherban

The story of the worship of Cain and Abel in Genesis 4 teaches us principles concerning the kind of worship which God accepts, regardless of when or where it is offered.

The Holiness of God, Part 2

Leviticus 1-16

by Alan Sherban

God's holiness is revealed to us in the book of Leviticus, culminating in the Day of Atonement which is the shadow of the once-for-all atonement by our holy Savior.

The Holiness of God, Part 1

Leviticus 1:1

by Alan Sherban

The foundation of all worship is an understanding of the holiness of God. This truth is observed even in how God reveals to Moses his prescriptions for how his people are to worship him.

Judging the Sermon

Matthew 7:24-29

by Alan Sherban

The conclusion to the Sermon on the Mount is a clear and helpful illustration that distills the entirety of the Gospel of the Kingdom down to its essential truth. We must know the preacher for who he is. We must comprehend the sermon for what it says. We must understand the choice which lay before us.