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There is a lot of confusion concerning Christ and the Law, yet He clearly lays out for us in Matthew 5:17-20 his relationship to the Law. Christ came not to abolish or to destroy the law, but rather to fulfill it. In so doing, he met the righteous demands of God and made a way for reconciliation of sinners. Come join us as we discuss Christ and the…
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Some of the most powerful pictures in all of the Sermon on the Mount are found in Matthew 5:13-16—salt and light! Jesus communicated so much in such a succinct way as he called his disciples to be both salt and light in the world. The implications for us today as Christ followers is equally important. Join us as we discuss how we can be salt and li…
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Pastor Mark looks at the second duplet of the beatitudes and delves into the truth about meekness and hungering after righteousness. Each of the beatitudes helps us get a more nuanced and better picture of what a follower of Jesus ought to look like as these principles of living are layered one upon the other. Might we continue to strive to make th…
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Pastor Mark starts with the first two beatitudes in today's episode. The spiritual truths that are contained in these simple phrases, which many of us are familiar with, are profound to the Christian life: the poor in spirit shall receive the kingdom of heaven and those who mourn will be comforted. What do these truths mean? Join us to learn this a…
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Join Pastor Mark as he looks at the first couple verse of Matthew 5 and lays the foundation and introduction for Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. Without a doubt, Matthew 5-7 is one of the most truth-packed sections of Scripture as we have recorded for us one of Jesus' most famous sermons. It's an awe-inducing reminder that God, who had once spoken by t…
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In this episode, Pastor Mark wraps us Matthew 4 as he looks to see Jesus calling his disciples to become fishers of men. The point is made that we all must leave things behind, in order to follow after Christ. Are you a follower who immediately responds to the Master's call? This calling of the disciples marked the beginning of Jesus' ministry as i…
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Pastor Mark looks at the next section of Matthew 4 and discusses the beginning of Jesus' ministry in Galilee as He returns to the area following John the Baptist's arrest. Additionally, the emphasis is made on the fulfilled prophecy found in Isaiah and the message of Christ as being a continuation of John's message: Repent for the kingdom of heaven…
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Pastor Mark discusses the last two temptations of Christ in the wilderness and emphasizes again that the Word of God is the promised solution to overcome temptation in our own lives. Be encouraged to know that God has equipped you in His Word with all that you need to live a life pleasing to Him.Gospel Explorations tarafından oluşturuldu
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We find the temptation of Jesus immediately on the heels of His baptism. This is an important reminder to us that spiritual highs do not insulate us from future spiritual struggles. Yet, as Pastor Mark points out, the beauty of this passage is that Christ sets a pattern that we can follow to help us deal with the temptation we all face. The victory…
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Grab your Bible and join Pastor Mark as he takes a look at the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist. This is one of the few places in Scripture where all three persons of the Godhead are concurrently expressed and manifest. Jesus was baptized, not because He had been forgiven of sins, but because He was identifying with sinful man so that He could …
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Join Pastor Mark as we meet John the Baptist. He's eccentric, different, and the exact person that God knew was needed to make preparations for Jesus as the Messiah. Come along for this quick introduction to John's ministry and learn how God used Him to call the nation of Israel to repentance.Gospel Explorations tarafından oluşturuldu
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Join Pastor Mark as he continues to work through Matthew's gospel. In this episode, he takes time to consider Herod's attempt to convince the magi to return to inform him of the Christ child and how the Lord directed them to keep moving in order to ensure the safety of Joseph, Mary, and baby Jesus. Additionally, Pastor Mark considers some applicati…
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Pastor Mark wraps up the last few verses of Matthew 1 and recaps what has been uncovered already. In addition, we are reminded as this first chapter comes to a close, that Jesus' arrival was the fulfillment of Isaiah's prophecy and pointed directly to the promise of a coming Messiah. This Jesus, who had come to save His people from their sins!…
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Pastor Mark walks through Matthew's record concerning Joseph's turmoil and decision as to how to handle the situation of his betrothed wife, Mary, being pregnant in first century Jewish culture. We wrap up our conversation at verse 21, where the promise is given that this baby JESUS had come to save His people from their sins. What a great hope, pi…
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Pastor Mark takes an in-depth look at the genealogical record given in Matthew 1 and discusses the implications of the names there and how it relates to Christ's claims as the Messiah and King. Additionally, some encouraging truths are revealed concerning the women found in Christ's genealogy.Gospel Explorations tarafından oluşturuldu
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