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Disciples in Danger! Matthew 10:16-22

Disciples in Danger!

Text. Matthew 10:16-22

I’m not a great fan of ‘rap music’ but I came across a ‘rap’ called ‘Exile Dial Tone.’ Here’s just some of the words:-

We’re part of a culture, that really loves to hate us, Every chance they get, they attempt to isolate and debate us. It’s not that they don’t like us. It’s just they don’t like God in us, It’s common knowledge and oddly enough, it makes a lot of sense to a lot of us. We completely understand because we use to occupy the same space. And lived in a similar type state until we tasted of God’s grace. So we continue loving this world that so easily rejects us … What always makes for a better presentation than bark and bite Is a proper understanding of living life filled with salt and light. So we walk this fine line of walking in light of God’s kindness And live with a sense of worldliness without the fear of compromising Loving God and neighbour until Christ comes to split the sky. Or die in this society hailing Jesus as Messiah. Yup! (https://humblebeast.com/artists/beautiful-eulogy/)

How true is all of that? It’s NEVER been any different, and it never will, until Jesus returns. Let’s see how Jesus prepares his disciples for the hostile environment that they will be living and working in… Read more…

Peter’s Perplexing Passage – Part 2

Peter’s Perplexing Passage.  Part Two.

Baptism, Cleansing and the Resurrection of Christ.

Text: 1 Peter 3:18-21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.

Peter makes a definitive statement – he says, ‘Baptism… saves us!’ Now, let’s ask a perfectly legitimate question. HOW does baptism save us? Peter’s next phrases give us a clue… Read more…

Peter’s Perplexing Passage – Part 1.

Peter’s Perplexing Passage – Part One.

Text: 1 Peter 3:18-22

1 Peter 3:18-22 are one single body of teaching, staring in 18 with Peter returning once again to the suffering of Christ on the cross, and ending in verse 22 with his glorification. In between these two positions comes two major teaching points; Christ’s death preaching the greatest sermon ever, and illustrated for us in the sacraments, in particular baptism. Let’s see what we can learn from it…

PART ONE: The Ungrateful Dead!

Peter’s readers must prepare to suffer persecution, and the way to face persecution is to be living in humble obedience to the Lord, to continually have in our minds the extent of his suffering for us. It is with this fact that Peter begins this difficult passage… Read more…

The Disciples of Jesus #2

The Ethics of Evangelism

Text. Matthew 10:8b-15

Jesus has called his disciples, and now they get some really practical good advice for ministry, part of their ‘Seminary Evangelism Module’ – and its not just good advice for them, but for us also as we seek to represent the Saviour in this godless world. Read more…

The Disciples of Jesus #1

Calling, College, Credentials.

Text. Matthew 10:1-4

Matthew is very methodical. In chapter nine, where we have spent a couple of weeks, we have seen his ministry beginning to attract the attention of the enemies of the gospel, and we have read about the first stirrings of the Pharisees against him, united in a plot with some of the disciples of John to question the religious actions of his disciples, accusing them of not being good enough Jews, trying through that accusation to undermine the teaching ministry of Jesus, – implying that he’s not teaching his disciples well enough, not properly disciplining them. In chapter 10, Jesus begins to prepare his disciples for ministry. Before we see his special instructions, his teaching on their ministry, lets see how he chooses and calls them…

1. Calling. And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples.
He called his disciples. What kind of call? Did he shout for them, ‘Hey, Peter, James and John, – come on over here, I’ve something I need to tell you…’. I think this ‘calling of the disciples’ is much more significant and meaningful than that. προσκαλεσαμενος. It’s the suffix, the ending of that complicated word that intrigues me. It’s an imperative. It’s more than a request or even a command, its a summons. When he called them, they were compelled to come, it was non negotiable. They came, because God’s sovereign will dictated that they would come to Jesus and serve him. Read more…

The Great Wineskin Fallacy

The Wineskin Fallacy

Text. Matthew 9:14-17
Have you ever heard a sermon on the subject of putting new wine into old wineskins? Have you heard the preacher saying something like, “The Lord is doing a new thing. But  our old worship practices are hindering the move of God, – you can’t put new wine into old wineskins, and you can’t confine this new thing to the old restrictions of worship. So, we need new worship, new ways to praise God that will allow Him to move in power in our gatherings.
I’ve heard that many times. It’s not true, and to base such a fallacy on one single verse, taken alone, out of its context, and make it mean that is to do great injustice to the integrity of the text.
So, let’s read the text and see what it really means… Read more…

Perceptions of Jesus & The True Person of Christ.

Perceptions of Jesus and The True Person of Christ.
Text. Matthew 8:1-4

Some critics of the Gospels, (from within so called Christendom) would like you to think that the Sermon on the Mount is not a unitary block of teaching, but Matthew’s attempt to summarise the teaching ministry of Jesus into a single block. I don’t buy it. I don’t know how long the sermon lasted, hours, or days, or what breaks were taken between aspects of it, or the number of people who were listening, but I do know that it has a geo-historical beginning and end.

Matthew 5:1. And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him.

This is exactly what you would expect from a Jewish teacher. He would teach seated, and when he was ready to teach, his disciples would sit around him to listen and learn. There is a distinct historical factuality surrounding this. Now read…

Matthew 8:1. When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.

The sermon has ended, and he has risen and walked down a mountain, and a large number of people are following him, so the ‘disciples’ who were listening to the lecture on the mountain we now learn, are not just the twelve apostles, they are an enormous crowd of people. Again the sermon has a merged historical conclusion. There is a beginning and an end, and I’m inclined to speculate that this major teaching conventicle lasted for quite a few days, and that as the Master taught, the word spread, and more and more people came to listen. Read more…