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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.

What is Sound Doctrine?

Titus 2:1-15

by Alan Sherban

One of Paul's primary instructions to Titus concerns that which he was to teach to the congregations in Crete. His teaching was to always be that which yields spiritual health in those who hear it -- which is what sound doctrine is.

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.

True Elders Guard Against False Teaching

Titus 1:9-16

by Alan Sherban

False teaching not only abounded in the first generation of the church on the island of Crete, but it also can be found in every age of the church until Christ returns. To protect his people from the dangers of false doctrine, the Lord of the Church has provided elders who will be qualified both in character and in doctrine.

Gender Roles in the Church

Titus 1:6

by Alan Sherban

Scripture indicates that men and women are equally effective as servants of Christ within the church, yet the Lord has revealed that the leadership office of elder is one which only men may hold.

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.

Qualified Leadership

Titus 1:5-9

by Alan Sherban

Leaders in the local church must exhibit certain character qualifications both in and out of the home. This is Christ's design for the purpose of effective teaching of his Word.

Authority and Leadership in the Church

Titus 1:6

by Alan Sherban

Where does authority in the local church belong? Do elders have authority over the congregation, or should we think of them in some other way?

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.

Correction for the Local Church

Titus 1:5

by Alan Sherban

Paul gives two reasons why Titus was left on Crete, and the first was so that he could put in order that which remained in the local churches on the island.

Local Church 101, Part 2

Titus 1:1-4

by Alan Sherban

Paul introduces his letter to Titus and wastes no ink in so doing: as he writes his salutation he essentially describes the character of the local church.

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.

Local Church 101, Part 1

Titus 1:1

by Alan Sherban

Paul introduces his letter to Titus and wastes no ink in so doing: as he writes his salutation he essentially describes the character of the local church.

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 False Teachers

Matthew 7:15-20

by Alan Sherban

The second warning of the Sermon on the Mount has to do with a danger which poses a great threat to the souls of mankind. We all must beware of false teachers, for they disguise themselves in order to deceive in order that other might join them in the fire and destruction that awaits 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.