A Refresher on Marriage

A Refresher on Biblical Marriage 1. All sexual activity is reserved for marriage. (1Co 7:1-2) 2. Marriage is a covenant (or contract) before God that must be approved by those in authority over the Christian man and woman. (Gen 14 w/ Exo 22) 3. God recognizes as legitimate those marriages approved by the state that don’t […]

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2 Peter Abstract – Part 2: Remember the Gospel!

Theme: REMEMBER THE GOSPEL! 2nd Peter represents the Apostle Peter’s 2nd epistle. Written shortly after the first, the distinguishing mark of this letter is not only its focus on the gospel, but its efficient and effective presentation. In this respect, Peter does two things. First, he reminds us of what the (true) gospel teaches (1:1-5), […]

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Matthew 5 – Part 8: Old Testament Authoritative for New Covenant

8. There are many today who think that the obligation to obey the Old Testament Scriptures has been removed (in part or whole) as essential to salvation for the New Covenant Christian[1]. What they fail to consider is not only the content, clarity, and consequences of Jesus’ teaching in Mat 5:17-20, but also that: 8.1. […]

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Matthew 5.2 – Conditional Identity

6. Jesus asserts that the identity we have gained as God’s people must be maintained through productivity and public witness (again Exo 19:4-6 = Israel’s identity also needed to be maintained – i.e. it was conditional): 6.1. (13) In the ancient world, salt was used as fertilizer for the soil/earth (“earth” = th/j gh/j = […]

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Matthew Introduction – Part 14: The Saving Gospel is a Marriage Covenant

6.4.3. What it is: A marriage covenant The plan of salvation communicated throughout the Bible’s redemptive history is always the same (e.g. Heb 8:5-6 = the “DNA” of God’s redemptive plan remains the same). It involves people entering into a marriage covenant with God[1]. 6.4.3.1. Consider: 6.4.3.1.1. God’s salvation always includes a covenant (Adamic = […]

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Matthew Introduction – Part 13: The saving Gospel is a Marriage Covenant

6.4.3. What it is: A marriage covenant. The plan of salvation communicated throughout the Bible’s redemptive history is always the same (e.g. Heb 8:5-6 = the “DNA” of God’s redemptive plan remains the same). It involves people entering into a marriage covenant with God[1]. 6.4.3.1. Consider: 6.4.3.1.1. God’s salvation always includes a covenant (Adamic = […]

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Matthew Introduction – Part 4: Why did Matthew NOT write his gospel?

5. (Why?) did Matthew NOT write his gospel? Traditionally, inquiry into the author’s purpose is stated in the positive versus the negative as it is here. However, this particular dialectic approach to Matthew’s gospel has enormous value – especially when attempting to “root out” modern misconceptions about Jesus, His ministry or the Christian Faith in […]

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