Qualified?

Dean Elliott explains that this part is an end of two different sections – The Sermon on the Mount, and then a field trip to see what Jesus was talking about in the sermon.  In this text, Matthew 9:27-10:1, we will see the important qualifications that Jesus places on His people before He gives them power. […]

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The Doctor Is In

David denHartog teaches from Matthew 9:9-17.  We are quick to recognize sin in the lives of others, but we are slow to see it in our own lives.  We often think “we’re okay.”  But all of us need a spiritual doctor – the Great Physician.  Last week, the section answered the question: who can forgive […]

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Second Thoughts

David denhartog teaches from Matthew 8:23-9:8.  The subject that weaves itself through Matthew 8 is the power of the Lord Jesus Christ to work in you and through you to reach others.  Jesus is preparing a group of men to go forth into the world as his apostles and disciples to preach the Gospel.  God […]

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The Great Inhibition

Dean Elliott teaches from Matthew 8:18-22.  Jesus is showing his disciples what it means to follow him and shows them demonstrations of his power.  Jesus gives a command, then a warning, and then a rebuke.  Its all about following him.  He is always going to the other side and doesn’t allow any excuses from doing […]

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Blank Canvases?

Dean Elliott begins the section of Matthew after the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 8:1-17.  These three miracles are to be considered together and they tend to be blank canvases, in which people impose their own theology on the miracles and make them say whatever they want them to say.  The key is to consider […]

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Prepare

David denHartog teaches the end of the Sermon on the Mount, found in Matthew 7:21-29.  How do you prepare for difficult days, hard trials, and circumstances beyond our control?  How do you do those days well?  How do you become strong enough to endure the difficult circumstances of life? Additional Scripture references: Proverbs 4:8; Psalm […]

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Choices

David denHartog continues the Sermon on the Mount, with Matthew 7:13-20.  Every day we are faced with choices.  In reality, there are two major choices that we have in life.  Jesus describes these choices and then he gives us a warning about those that might lead us into the wrong choice.  This is the Epilogue […]

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Praying, Eyes Wide Open

Dean Elliott teaches on Matthew 7:7-12, an oft quoted scripture section for praying for what you want.  But, in context, these verses actually convey the tactical approach for reaching people for the kingdom of God.  In verses 3-6, we learn that our story is a big tool for investing in people.  Specific prayer is your […]

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Will It Work?

Dean Elliott teaches from Matthew 7:1-6, which begins the application portion of the Sermon on the Mount, after Jesus has finished expanding on the Beatitudes.  In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus is speaking to the disciples about how to fish for other people.  Prayer that works is an important necessity to fishing for people.  Your prayer works […]

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Did It Work?

Dean Elliott continues the Behold the King series with Matthew 6:25-34.  Fear will keep us from being generous and better stewards.  Jesus says three times in this passage, “Therefore do not worry.”   Our quiet time and our prayer time should connect us to the goodness of God, set our focus on the kingdom of God, and help […]

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