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Blessed Are Those Who Hunger and Thirst For Righteousness

Matthew 5:6

by Alan Sherban

The heart of the kingdom citizen longs for righteousness. Not as a requirement for entrance into the kingdom, but as a necessary evidence of the fact that they have been given a new heart by God.

Blessed Are the Meek

Matthew 5:5

by Alan Sherban

What is meekness? And how is it that we can be meek?

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

Matthew 5:4

by Alan Sherban

Those in the kingdom have come to rightly perceive their spiritual brokenness (Blessed are the poor in spirit), and consequently find themselves responding to such a condition in true spiritual mourning.

Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit

Matthew 5:3

by Alan Sherban

Who is Jesus referring to when he speaks of the poor in spirit? How do we know if we are the blessed ones who have the kingdom of heaven?

Kingdom Lessons From the Good Samaritan

Luke 10:25-37

by Glenn Webster

The context of the parable of the Good Samaritan provides the framework that helps us know why Jesus told the parable. The context and the parable give understanding of God's righteous requirement for entry to His kingdom, and man's need for Christ.

Kingdom Blessedness

Matthew 5:3-12

by Alan Sherban

Jesus issues 8 pronouncements of blessing upon those who manifest the character attributes of those in his kingdom. But what exactly does he mean when he calls such persons blessed? Happy? Fortunate? No, it's something far more glorious.

Jesus - Prophet, Priest, and King

Hebrews 10:19-25

by Nathan Machel

Jesus is God's ultimate revelation, the supreme king, and the only priest who can save. How are we to respond to him?

One Perfect Sacrifice

Hebrews 10:1-18

by Nathan Machel

The Day of Atonement was the highest, holiest day for Israel. Jesus fulfilled it, surpassed it, and brought it to an end.

A Precise Kind of Road Part 3

Matthew 5:1-7:29

by Alan Sherban

The precise kind of road that the King calls for his disciples to walk upon in life is not only marked by repentance, by righteousness and by ridicule, but it is also characterized by radical living, by recognizing reality rightly, and by reflecting upon truth so that we treat others righteously. And, lastly, the King's road is one of restriction - there is only one way to God.

A Precise Kind of Road Part 2

Matthew 5:1-7:29

by Alan Sherban

The precise road that Christ calls his disciples to follow is one marked by repentance, righteousness, and ridicule. We are to be a Christian counter-culture.

A Precise Kind of Road Part 1

Matthew 5:1-7:29

by Alan Sherban

How it is that our righteousness and assurance fit together, and the beginning of 7 facets of the precise kind of road that Jesus calls us to follow.

A Perfect Kind of Righteousness

Matthew 5:1-7:29

by Alan Sherban

The second necessary reality that the Sermon on the Mount calls us to accept is the need for a perfect kind of righteousness. As opposed to our natural self-righteousness, the perfect righteousness of those in the Kingdom demonstrates that they are like the Father.

A Paramount Kind of Revelation

Matthew 5:1-2

by Alan Sherban

One of the most obvious and compelling threads to the Sermon on the Mount is the emphasis on Jesus as the authoritative giver of divine revelation. We either become his citizen by accepting his words as being the very Word of God or we reject his revelation to our everlasting peril.

The Sermon on the Mount

Matthew 5:1-7:29

by Alan Sherban

What makes the Sermon on the Mount unique? What exactly is the Sermon on the Mount? Find the answers to these questions and hear it read in entirety in our introduction to this great text.

The Glory of the Resurrection of Christ

Philippians 2:9-11

by Alan Sherban

Although the resurrection of Christ impacts the lives of every Christian intimately, it is first and foremost the supreme manifestation of his personal glory. May we never fail to regard his glory as our chief pursuit.

A Refresher on Baptism - Part 1

by Alan Sherban

Part 1 of 2 on the topic of believer's baptism as taught in the New Testament.

Love God

Deuteronomy 6:4-6

by Alan Sherban

The Shema holds three critical elements: the context, call (or content), and the consequence of the command to love Yahweh our God.

Don't Take the Bait

Matthew 4:8-11

by Alan Sherban

Satan offers a deceptive bait to Christ to try to entice him to a suffering-less route to having his kingdom. But, as will always prove true, supreme love for the Father conquers all temptation.

Do Not Put the Lord to the Test

Matthew 4:5-7

by Alan Sherban

The second of the three temptations of Christ in the wilderness had to do with whether or not he would test the Father by not waiting upon his divine ways and timing.

Man Shall Not Live by Bread Alone

Matthew 4:1-4

by Alan Sherban

A look at the first of three temptations that assailed Christ, in which the tempter asks Jesus the question, "Did God really say that you must obey him?"

The Temptation of Jesus

Matthew 4:1-11

by Alan Sherban

4 Questions:

Why did Jesus need to be tempted?

How could the Spirit lead Jesus to be tempted?

Could Jesus have fallen to temptation and actually sin?

How was Christ's temptation a real temptation?

The Perfect Righteousness of Christ

Matthew 3:13-17

by Alan Sherban

The foundation of our salvation is the doctrine of justification. And the foundation of the essence of justification is the righteousness of Jesus. God's declaration of his pleasure in Christ following his baptism demonstrates that Jesus alone possesses obedience of divine quality sufficient to justify and assure his people.

The Incomparable Righteousness of Christ

Matthew 3:13-17

by Alan Sherban

Jesus is righteous to a degree that none else can ever compare. He is righteous to the extent that God the Father is pleased with him. As such, he then verifies his claim to be Messiah and to be the only Savior of the world.

Fire - The Test of the Way of the Lord

Matthew 3:10-12

by Alan Sherban

There is coming a day when all ways to the Kingdom will be tested. Those which were taken apart from the direction of the King will be destroyed, but the travelers of the narrow way of repentance will be preserved.

The Way of the Lord Narrowed Part 2

Matthew 3:9

by Alan Sherban

John the Baptist tells the religious leaders of Israel that inheriting of the promises of the Kingdom of Heaven has to do not with their physical connection to Abraham, but rather with a person's spiritual connection to Abraham in faith.

The Way of The Lord Narrowed Part 1

Matthew 3:7-8

by Alan Sherban

The Pharisees and Sadducees come to John the Baptist only to find out that their own thoughts about entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven do not fit within the actual way of repentance that John proclaimed.

The Way of the Lord is Prepared

Matthew 3:1-6

by Alan Sherban

There is a connection between the overall message of John the Baptist ("Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand") and the fact that his ministry served to prepare the way of the Lord, as prophesied in Isaiah 40 and other OT texts.

Fullness of Joy in Christ

Psalm 16

by Robert Troutman

Embracing God's Word for the New Year

Nehemiah 8:1-12

by Alan Sherban

As we enter a new year filled with uncertainty of events but yet with certainty of trial and temptation, we look to God's Word for equipping so that we might find our way in joy and success.

The King Embraces Obscurity

Matthew 2:19-23

by Alan Sherban

The last of Matthew's 5 stories which present Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah. This time we see how his identification with the obscurity of the village of Nazareth fulfills what was foretold about the suffering and rejected anointed one.