His Teachings

"And with many such parables as these, he was speaking to them the word as they were able to hear. But without a parable was he not speaking to them."

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{SERMON ON THE MOUNT}
  1. The Greater Lawgiver - {PDF Copy} - (Matthew portrays Jesus as the Greater Moses, the True Lawgiver who brings the “Law and the Prophets” to their intended fulfillment)
  2. Law and Prophets - Fulfillment - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus came to fulfill the “Law and Prophets,” the entire Old Testament revelation)
  3. Mercy is not Optional - {PDF Copy} - (Mercy and love are the defining characteristics of the disciple of Jesus and the nature of God)
  4. Disciples and Persecution - {PDF Copy} - (To follow Jesus means self-denial and a willingness to suffer, and for disciples, persecution is the highest honor)
  5. His Absolute Authority - {PDF Copy} - (Matthew 7:21-28 - At the conclusion of his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus vested his words with ABSOLUTE AUTHORITY)
{ALONG THE WAY}
  1. The Way of the Cross - {PDF Copy} - (To follow Jesus means a life of self-denial and sacrificial service for others – Matthew 20:20-28)
  2. Greatness in His Kingdom - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 10:34-45 - To be a true member of the kingdom necessitates a life of self-sacrificial service to others)
  3. Parable of the Sower - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 4:1-20 - The Kingdom grows largely unseen after the Son of Man sows its "seeds")
  4. Kingdom Parables - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 4:21-34 - Jesus gave several parables about the Kingdom of God and its unexpected ways)
  5. Jesus Confronts Traditions - {PDF Copy} - (Christ's statement about eating food with unwashed hands anticipated the end of religious-based dietary restrictions)
  6. Spiritual Violence? - {PDF Copy} - (Matthew 11:12 - Violent men attempted to seize the Kingdom of God, beginning with John the Baptist)
{OLIVET DISCOURSE}
  1. Fruitless Temple - {PDF Copy} - (The cursing of the budding fig tree pointed to the destruction of the Temple predicted by Jesus)
  2. Pronouncement on the Temple {PDF Copy} - (When he left the Temple for the last time, Jesus pronounced its coming desolation to his opponents)
  3. The Temple Setting - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus gave his final discourse following his final departure from the Temple – Mark 12:41-13:4)
  4. Geographic Range of the Discourse - {PDF Copy} - (The ‘discourse presents two key events that are linked to different geographic contexts - one regional and one global)
  5.  Days of Noah - {PDF Copy} - (An analogy from the ancient past to illustrate the need to remain ever ready for the sudden return of Jesus)
  6. Deceivers and Tumults - {PDF Copy} - (The Discourse opens with warnings about coming deceivers who propagate false expectations about the end)
  7. Repeated Warnings - {PDF Copy} - (On Olivet, Jesus reiterated key information that is necessary for his followers to avoid being misled by deceivers)
  8. Sign of the End - {PDF Copy} - (Matthew 24:14 - The End will not come until the Gospel of Jesus Christ is proclaimed to all nations)
  9. Abomination of Desolation - {PDF Copy} - (When disciples see the abomination of desolation standing where it ought not, they must flee Jerusalem ASAP)
  10. "This Generation" - {PDF Copy} - (Biblical usage of this generation consistently applies the phrase to the generation that was alive at the time it was uttered)
  11. The Budding Fig Tree - {PDF Copy} - (The parable of the budding fig tree pointed to the imminent destruction of the Temple that Jesus had predicted)
  12. Coming on the Clouds - {PDF Copy} - (The whole earth will witness the Son of Man arriving on the clouds to gather his elect to himself – Mark 13:21-27)
  13. Knowing Times and Seasons - {PDF Copy} - (Did Jesus command us to know the signs and seasons that will precede his return in glory?)

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