Posts from October 2018

Posts from October 2018

Matthew 7:24-27

Sermon on the Mount:  Building upon Jesus’ Teaching Jesus provided general rules for discipleship and issued a challenge to build our lives on his teachings. “Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn’t collapse, because its foundation was on the rock. But everyone who hears these…

Matthew 6:25-34

Sermon on the Mount: Seeking the Kingdom Jesus teaches us to seek first the spiritual kingdom of God and God will take care of our material needs. “Therefore I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing? Consider the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet…

Matthew 6:1-8

Sermon on the Mount: Authentic Religion Jesus gave instructions on how to practice religion authentically and contrasted his teachings with the hypocrisy of the religious leaders in Jerusalem. “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. Otherwise, you have no reward with your Father in heaven. So whenever you give to the poor, don’t sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be…

Matthew 5:17-20 and 27-30

This week we will study the theme of righteousness. Human righteousness is a reflection of God’s character and manifests itself in personal virtue and social justice. We begin with excerpts from the “Sermon on the Mount,” the manifesto of Jesus Christ, in which he taught his disciples the way of righteousness. Sermon on the Mount: Righteousness is Necessary Jesus quoted the Old Testament laws and explained how God’s law can only be genuinely kept by the pursuit of internal righteousness.…

Matthew 21:18-22

Jesus and the Fig Tree After cursing an unproductive tree, which is commonly interpreted as symbolizing Jerusalem, Jesus spoke about the potency of faith. Early in the morning, as he was returning to the city, he was hungry. Seeing a lone fig tree by the road, he went up to it and found nothing on it except leaves. And he said to it, “May no fruit ever come from you again!” At once the fig tree withered. When the disciples…

Matthew 17:14-20

Jesus and a Boy with a Demon In light of his disciples’ lack of faith, Jesus explained that if we have faith the size of a mustard seed, nothing will be impossible for us. When they reached the crowd, a man approached and knelt down before him. “Lord,” he said, “have mercy on my son, because he has seizures and suffers terribly. He often falls into the fire and often into the water. I brought him to your disciples, but…

Luke 18:1-8

The Persistent Widow Jesus spoke of the need for persistence but then wondered if he would find faith on earth when he returned. Now he told them a parable on the need for them to pray always and not give up. “There was a judge in a certain town who didn’t fear God or respect people. And a widow in that town kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ “For a while he was unwilling, but…

Luke 11:5-13

Faith in the Goodness of God Jesus talked about our belief in the benevolence of God as the foundation of our faith. He also said to them: “Suppose one of you has a friend and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I don’t have anything to offer him.’ Then he will answer from inside and say, ‘Don’t…

Luke 8:40-56

A Girl Raised and a Woman Healed A woman is healed and parents received their daughter alive again because of their faith. When Jesus returned, the crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him. Just then, a man named Jairus came. He was a leader of the synagogue. He fell down at Jesus’s feet and pleaded with him to come to his house, because he had an only daughter about twelve years old, and she was dying. While he…

Mark 9:14-29

Healing of a Demon-Possessed Boy A father with little faith asked Jesus to help him have more so that his son might be healed. When they came to the disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and scribes disputing with them. When the whole crowd saw him, they were amazed and ran to greet him. He asked them, “What are you arguing with them about?” Someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you. He…