The Beatitudes – Our Attitudes for Life Matthew 5:13 – You are the Salt of the Earth The Sermon on the Mount continues with Matthew 5:13 – You are the Salt of the Earth (Note – We had technical problems so the video feed cuts out at 33 minutes in. The audio continues until the…
The Beatitudes – God gives us a new heart when we are saved by Jesus, one that is not of stone but of flesh. He then gives us the desire to follow Him. He gives us the ability and desire to live a holy life. This is awesome, but it is not the end of it. He allows us in our free will to make the decision to choose to love Him. When we do this, our lives necessarily change – we see God…in our life, in our relationships, in our families
The Beatitudes – Peace is only really possible in this world when we make peace with God. Man declared himself in rebellion against God in the Garden of Eden. The effects of this fall have been polluting the world since that time making life hard, painful and filled with sin
The Beatitudes – A heart that understands God’s mercy for us will give mercy for others. Jesus heart in us will always show mercy.
The Beatitudes – What does it mean to be meek and why will we be blessed by it? Meek does not mean weak. Rather, it deals with our submission and humility before God.
The Beatitudes – What does it mean to mourn and why will we be blessed by it? Where does the comfort come from?
The Beatitudes – What does it mean to be poor in spirit? When we see how much we owe God and how impossible it is for us to pay Him. Then Jesus can use us.
Matthew 4: 1-25 – Follow Jesus Alone. The four disciples of Jesus were already familiar with Him the day that they were called. They believed that He was the Messiah and were His followers to some extent. It was here, though, they totally left their nets and boats. They left their old lives completely trusting…
Jesus shows us as a man that resisting the worst temptations is possible. Even while weak physically, when armed with the Word of God we can be successful against the tempter. He also shows us that He, the last Adam according to Corinthians, though in much worse circumstances than the first Adam would never fail us.
John the Baptist can seem like a severe figure in the Bible. With his strange clothes, his locust diet and his confrontational manner, it can be hard to understand where he fits as the one who came to announce the arrival of Jesus. It seems strange until we realize his mission. He is charged with making sure that all was ready for the arrival of the King, Jesus. It clearly was not. The Nation that was supposed to rejoice in Jesus was lost in false religion, arrogant nationalism and just plain rebellion against God.
John’s urgent message to the people makes sense in this light.
Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!