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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.

Judging the Judge

Matthew 7:21-23

by Alan Sherban

Jesus is the judge of all mankind, yet there are those who will appeal his verdict on the last day. His reply will be a final and sobering cry of justice that he never knew them.

Judging the Way to God

Matthew 7:13-14

by Alan Sherban

Only one way leads to life, Jesus says. It's the way that is restricted, exclusive and hard. And after one finds this gate to God, it also must be willingly entered.

Judging God's Word

Matthew 7:12

by Alan Sherban

Continuing in his teaching on good judgment, Jesus uses a well-known principle for righteous living to help us understand the practicality, the principality, and the power of Holy Scripture.

A Good Father

Matthew 7:9-11

by Alan Sherban

We ought to be compelled to pray to our Father in heaven because he is essentially good. That God is good means that he never disappoints, and his goodness is in a category all to its own. Because those things are true, we ought to petition him with confidence.

A Giving Father

Matthew 7:7-8

by Alan Sherban

If we look at all the Christ calls his kingdom people to be and to do, we are left with the realization of our inherent inability. But the Lord also calls us to have right discernment about the character of God that we might ask him for the help we need. We must judge our heavenly Father to be a giving Father.

Dogs and Pigs

Matthew 7:6

by Alan Sherban

Jesus continues in his explanation of how we are to have good judgment; this time by helping us understand how to have discernment in our evangelism.

Good Judgment

Matthew 7:1-5

by Alan Sherban

Having oriented our thinking around the fact that our main pursuit ought to be the God-centeredness of the Kingdom and the all-sovereign justice of God, Jesus turns our attention to right thinking about how we judge others.

Remain Steady, Busy, Confident

1 Corinthians 15:58

by Phil Johnson

The Apostle Paul provides a one-verse practical implication following his doctrinal exposition of the necessity of the resurrection of Christ. He calls us to remain steady, to remain busy, and to remain confident in our labors.

Spiritual Vision Part 3 (10 Principles)

Matthew 5:19-34

by Alan Sherban

10 Principles for Clear Spiritual Vision

Spiritual Vision Part 2

Matthew 6:19-34

by Alan Sherban

If we are to have proper spiritual vision, then we must understand the true nature of what heaven itself is, and what kind of treasure it is that we are to lay up for ourselves there.

Spiritual Vision Part 1

Matthew 6:19-34

This great sermon of the Lord builds in its logic and application throughout the first several sections, and up to this point where Jesus teaches his listeners how they can have proper spiritual vision.

Righteous Fasting

Matthew 6:16-18

by Alan Sherban

The third example of hypocritical righteousness comes to us via a call to not be hypocritical in our fasting. But. What exactly is this kind of fasting that Kingdom citizens are to practice?

Compassion and Confrontation

Luke 15:1-32

by Nathan Machel

Jesus' compassion for sinners is beyond comprehension; it is exactly what those who are lost need. Yet his confrontation of the self-righteous offers a sober warning to those who still would want to assess themselves in comparison to others instead.

Righteous Prayer Part 1

Matthew 6:5-6

by Alan Sherban

Since God sees in secret, and since God evaluates based upon what he sees in secret, whatever it is that we are before him in the secrecy of our hearts is what matters. Prayer from that secret and hidden corner of our hearts is what we must find to be delightfully satisfying and joy-giving.

Righteous Giving

Matthew 6:2-4

by Alan Sherban

True righteousness in giving (or in anything else for that matter) is that which occurs as the natural result of a heart which has been so inclined by God's power and grace. In that way, the left hand doesn't even know what the right hand is doing.

Beware of Hypocritical Righteousness

Matthew 6:1

by Alan Sherban

Jesus issues a compelling warning to those who would consider themselves a part of his Kingdom: A lifestyle of unbroken hypocritical self-righteousness may leave a person deceived as to their true spiritual state.

Declared to be the Son

Romans 1:4

by Alan Sherban

The resurrection of Jesus is the foundation for his presentation to the universe as the Son-of-God-in-power. Most importantly we should regard his resurrection and ascension as the means by which Christ receives his rightful exaltation.

Kingdom Love

Matthew 5:43-48

by Alan Sherban

The last of six examples of kingdom righteousness comes with four empowering reasons as to why we should love even our enemies.

Kingdom Rights

Matthew 5:38-42

by Alan Sherban

Jesus explains how the principle of an "eye for an eye" prompts us to think about our rights as Kingdom citizens in a way that isn't natural to mankind. We are to be those who value what's best for the Kingdom higher than our personal rights.

An Audience of One

Matthew 5:33-37

by Alan Sherban

Jesus uses the example of making oaths to illustrate the fact that true kingdom righteousness recognizes God to be our supreme audience, in whose view we live our lives.