How can we be certain that what we believe as Christians is correct? How can we know that we have interpreted the Scriptures in a way that will lead to salvation? What assurance do we have that we possess the truth? The answer according to the author of Hebrews is consistency. That the ministry of […]
(Heb 13:8-9a) (8) “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (9a) Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings…” How can we be certain that what we believe as Christians is correct? How can we know that we have interpreted the Scriptures in a way that will lead to salvation? […]
Critique of John MacArthur’s recent sermon, “The Damning Deception of Empty Words and Empty Hearts” – https://youtu.be/D1VQLTCEbN4, preached on March 23, 2020. This teaching will critique the the middle part of the aforementioned sermon (10:00 minute mark through 43:20), specifically addressing Matthew 7:13-15, 21-23.
WHO is God? WHAT was God’s purpose in creating us? WHY is there suffering in the world? HOW do we determine truth? When are we most happy? EndgameWHERE is the endgame of life? The endgame for every person is standing before god in judgment of all our deeds to determine whether we were faithful or […]
The following represents the unexpected spiritual lessons, principles or truths I (pastor Scott) have learned over the course of 18 years (or 150,000 plus hours) of deep study and reflection on God’s Word and the shepherding of His people. They – according to my repeated and effective use of them in counseling over the years, […]
On judgement day, we will be judged according to our deeds, not what we think about ourselves. Who/what is determining whether we pass or fail, is NOT ourselves. There are four categories, that will be used to determine our eternal destinies (heaven or hell). Jesus says that many people will be in hell, because they […]
1. Hurricanes and Other Tragedy and What That Tells Us About Finding Biblical or True Churches 1.1. God brings calamity as a means of judgment against wicked people. (Amo 3:6) 1.2. God brings blessing (and shows mercy) where there are at least ten Christian people (i.e. a covenant community). (Gen 18:22-33) 1.3. Unless we are […]
Matthew chapter 7 is a continuation of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount address. It would be more accurate to refer to this address as “Sermons (pl.) on the Mount since it consists of several subjects, teachings or themes. It took place at the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry on a hillside near the sea of […]
1. Leading the Jewish crowds to a mountainside sb viewed as a clear sign that Jesus has become Israel’s new Moses since: 1.1. Like Moses, Jesus chooses elders to carry the ministry burden prior to going up the mountain (Luk 6:12-16 w/Exo 18:18-27) 1.2. Like Moses, Jesus goes to the mountain for the purpose of […]
Refute this statement with biblical support: “God’s law is too hard for anyone who is not perfect or sinless to keep faithfully. Two Truths regarding God’s Sovereignty and Human Responsibility: 1) Our status before God can change. 2) God’s decrees cannot change.
“Oh Lord, according to your justice, give me life” (Psa 119:149b) jurisprudence = theory or philosophy of law; a legal system One of the first things Jesus makes clear during His earthly ministry is that the entire content of the Law (the legal system established by God under the OC) remains intact for the New […]
Chapter 20 reveals the reign of Christ and His Church (the NC nation of Israel) over Satan and this world before the final war and judgement. It therefore represents what is typically known as the “Church (or New) Age” in contrast to the “Old Age” (Luk 1:70; Heb 9:9) or “The Age to Come” (Heb […]