The Context of the Sermon on the Mount – Part 1

The Sermon on the Mount is considered to be one of Jesus' most important discourses and one of His most foundational teachings, considered to hold the essence of Jesus' teaching. Even many who are not Christians believe this sermon is one of the most important messages ever taught. There is perhaps no passage in the Bible that is quoted more and un…read more

The Birth of Mankind

Genesis teaches that man was created in the image and likeness of God: spiritual, creative, thinking, feeling, and able to communicate. The image was marred when Adam and Eve sinned. The rest of Scripture deals with how to restore sinful man with a Holy God. God created first Adam and then Eve, the woman, to be a “completer” for man. Marriage, man and woman united exclusively, is God’s perfect plan. As they grow closer to God, they grow closer to each other.

Arresting Allegories

Numbers is filled with powerful metaphors and allegories. We see how man’s freedom of choice can limit God’s power. If we have the faith to believe and claim all the blessings God has for us and accept His good and perfect will for our lives, then He can lead us into our spiritual Promised Land. There is a difference between God’s permissive will … and God’s directive will. The abundant life is only found in God’s directive will.

More Great Sermons of Moses

The sermons of Moses teach about our response to God’s grace and about apostasy, about those who no longer respond to God’s grace. Moses preached on tithing, showing God is first in our life and of giving to the poor. He preached a very strong message on how God forbids the occult, fortunetelling, communicating with the dead, and using black magic. He also told them about the Prophet Priest, and King who would one day come and save them.

How to Fail Successfully

Through the life of King David we can learn to succeed through failure. For much of his life, David was a shining example. But in one season of David’s life, he committed the sins of adultery and murder; for a whole year, he tried to cover up his sin. His sins show us even godly people may give in to temptation if they are not careful. David’s life teaches us the important thing is how we respond when we fail.

The Blessedness of Forgiveness

In Psalms 32 and 51, among others, David speaks of emotions we can all relate to: the feelings associated with guilt. Psalms of confession and forgiveness show us the relief and joy found in God’s forgiveness of our sin and the blessings of God’s grace and restoration. Psalm 139 describes the God to whom we pray. God knows and understands everything about us, so He is the perfect counselor in times of difficulty.

Three Facts of Sin and Three Facts of Salvation

We learn much from the power of sin in King David’s life. Like black velvet against which a jeweler displays his diamonds, sin’s dark penalty, power, and price make the three facts of salvation shine brighter. First, Jesus Christ has removed the penalty of sin. Second, the Holy Spirit is more powerful than the power of sin. The third fact of salvation is that in the sight of God the stains of sin are washed away by forgiveness.

The Rise and Fall of the Kingdom

We will learn valuable lessons from Israel’s history that will give hope and encourage endurance, especially when encountering spiritual failures. In spite of the nation’s idolatry, God was very patient with His people. Every time the work of God ran into an obstacle, God raised up a prophet. Being God’s instrument to remove obstacles that blocked the work of God was a chief role or function of the prophets.

The Outward Man and the Inward Man

God’s Word includes five poetry books, also known as “wisdom books” or “the writings”: Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon. In these books, God speaks to the hearts of His people when they are suffering (Job), worshipping (Psalms), coping with the decisions of daily life (Proverbs), doubting (Ecclesiastes), and expressing the intimacies of marriage (Song of Solomon). God’s desire is for us to be changed from the inside out.

He Maketh Me Lie Down

The book of Psalms is biblical poetry of worship, praise and prayers. The Psalms have four major themes: psalm telling us about those who are blessed, psalms expressing the emotions we feel, psalms of worship, and psalms of prophecy of the coming Messiah. The best-known psalm, and most beautiful description of the relationship between God and man, is Psalm 23. This “blessed man” psalm portrays God as a wise and gentle shepherd.

Profiles of a Blessed Man

The Psalms are God’s hymnbook of praise! Psalm 1, like many “blessed man” psalms, presents both positive and negative truths. We learn what blessed people do not do, and then what they do. Our convictions and our choices in life have a lot to do with how God blesses us. We learn how the godly are blessed and the ungodly are not. As we read the Psalms it is important to ask ourselves: Which one am I?

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