The Charter: Matthew’s Literary Structure, Part 1 – On the King’s Errand

Matthew structures Jesus’ actions and teaching in a pattern of five, in a structural allusion to the Torah (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy), the original constitution-like document of Mosaic Israel.  ‘Torah’ means ‘teaching.’  It’s not that each ‘section’ of Matthew’ matches each ‘book’ of Moses; the structural allusion doesn’t work quite that way. The first …

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What Did Jesus Teach (about hell)?

The traditional view of hell rests on four pillars: that the OT says nothing; that the Jewish view at the time of Jesus was one of eternal conscious punishment; that Jesus’ view was thoroughly Jewish; and that the NT authors follow Jesus. The first pillar is wobbly; the OT does speak about the “end” of …

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The Sermon on the Mount was Not Originally for the Church

Against popular modern-day misconception, the Sermon on the Mount was NOT originally delivered to the New Testament Church. It does not directly apply to us, though we can draw from its principles. Yet, we must be sure we correctly interpret the Sermon before we can be assured the principles drawn are sound. To put it …

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Christians are NOT to Rebuke Culture

Are Christians supposed to rebuke evil in the public forum? What about Matthew 7:6? Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you. —Jesus The biblical command to “expose the unfruitful works of darkness” is within the context of …

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Q&A: “How Good Must I be In Order to be Called a Christian?”

A Facebook friend-of-friend recently posted the following:To be saved a person must stop smoking, drinking, drugs, and cussing. Attend church on a regular basis, and become a born again Christian. Now are you ready to commit to being a Christian? If not then Hell is your destiny.....If you don't believe me, read your Bible. So …

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Mark 2:13-3:12 | WHAT TRUE MINISTRY LOOKS LIKE

Series Continued from Mark 1:14 — 3:12 | The Authority of Jesus as Messiah, the Son of God Click HERE for MP3 Audio Sermon Recording (27:56) VIII. Jesus has the authority to forgive sins. (2:1-13) A Jesus calls & spends time with cheats, poor, outcasts, low-lifes, and sinners because He came to call sinners to repentance. (2:14-22) …

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In Defense of the Spirit

Have you ever been blamed for something you didn't do? You might remember the horrible feeling of injustice, embarrassment, and perhaps the irrevocable loss of your reputation. So many things in history have been done in the name of God, which were never his doing or the result of Christ's teaching. Likewise, there is another …

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Abuse and Authority

Trusting clergy is perhaps the number one detraction for people about church. Unfortunately, no one can account for all the of the varied ways church organizations and clergy abuse their positions. With sexual scandals and cover-ups hitting the news these past few years, one can almost hear the wind streaming by from a global spiritual …

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Faith

What is it? Biblically speaking, it is both a verb and a noun. The Noun: Ok, ok... so there are 2 types of nouns. First, if one speaks of "the Christian faith," then they are remarking on beliefs that belong solely to Christians. Belief in Christ as the Son of God (meaning also the Savior) …

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The Bible on Wine, Drink and Strong Drink

The study provided below is meant to present the biblical data on the subject of alcohol. While I've provided some commentary with each passage, which is meant to guide the reader to notice context and the according proper interpretation, everyone should be convinced in his own mind by the Scriptures about how to live these …

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