The Gospel of the Kingdom

Text: Matthew 4:23 The Announcement Jesus came preaching the gospel of the kingdom (Matthew 4:23) This had been planned for a long time (Daniel 2:44; Isaiah 2:2-4) The Kingdom at Hand The establishment of the kingdom was close (Matthew 3:2; 4:17) If we are still waiting for the kingdom, as some claim, then was Jesus […]

Three Branches of Government

Text: Isaiah 33:22 Judicial Branch — “The Lord is our judge” Christ will judge each of us (2 Corinthians 5:10) He is fit to be our judge — unbiased (Acts 10:34-35), knows & understands the law (John 1:14) He has the exclusive right to judge us (Colossians 2:16-17,20-22) Legislative Branch — “The Lord is our […]

A New Covenant

Text: Jeremiah 31:31-34 “Days Are Coming” Recurring phrase in book of Jeremiah — clearly indicates divine prophecy Divine foreknowledge/foreordination “A New Covenant” The old law was nailed to the cross (Colossians 2:14) The new law would be for both Jews & Gentiles (Isaiah 2:2-4; Romans 1:16) Not Like When He “Took Them by the Hand” […]

What Judas Brought to the Garden

Text: John 18:1-3 What Judas Brought to the Garden Roman cohort — the military of the world empire of the day; would later be overthrown (Daniel 2:44) Officers from the chief priests — those who should have been the spiritual leaders of the people; but they were not helping them (Matthew 9:35-36) Some of the […]

The Deceitfulness of Sin

Text: Hebrews 3:12-13 We can be deceived into thinking sin is… Not Sin – change the definition of what sin is Right in Certain Situations – situation ethics Not a Problem – God’s grace covers us Excusable – “we’re only human” or “others are doing it” Without Consequences – pleasure is temporary, consequences are eternal

What is the Gospel?

Text: 2 Corinthians 2:14-3:17 Aroma of Life or Death – 2 Corinthians 2:14-16 Different than the Old Covenant – 2 Corinthians 3:6-11 Law of Liberty – 2 Corinthians 3:17

What is the New Testament?

Different views: The Product of Men – John 16:13; 1 Corinthians 2:10ff A Product of the Church – Catholic idea; church can therefore alter/amend it A Series of “Love Letters” – merely an expression of God’s love A General Guide – openness to different ideas/interpretations; mindset behind “unity in diversity” Our Law Today – Hebrews […]