What Judas Brought to the Garden

Text: John 18:1-3 Judas is one of the most well-known villains in the Bible. Most people recognize him as the one who betrayed Jesus. Judas betrayed Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. What Judas brought to the Garden says a lot about him. It is also interesting to see the contrast between this and what […]

Nicodemus

Text: John 3:1 The gospel of John tells us about a man named Nicodemus. He is not named in the other gospels, and is only mentioned on three occasions in John’s gospel. He is certainly not one of the primary characters in the Bible, but there are some important lessons we can learn from him. This lesson will […]

More Righteous than the Religious

Text: Matthew 5:20 The scribes and Pharisees were the religious leaders of the day. Yet Jesus said our righteousness must surpass theirs to enter heaven. We must do more than fit in with those that the world recognizes as religious. We follow a higher standard. Murder (Matthew 5:21-24) Generally understood: Murder is wrong, those who […]

Beware the Leaven of the Pharisees

Text: Matthew 16:6 Their Teaching – Matthew 16:12 Their Hypocrisy – Matthew 23:3 They Loved the Praise of Men – Matthew 23:5-7 They Neglected the “Weightier Matters” – Matthew 23:23 Danger in Overextending the Application – Often someone is labeled as a “Pharisee” if they oppose departures from Scripture and will refute false teaching. The […]