Who is Christ’s Family? (Matthew 12:46-13:9)

Christ’s immediate family desires to see him so they come to the house where Christ is teaching.  Christ does not seem all that receptive to their arrival, but rather launches into a teaching about the family of God.  Why does Christ delay in inviting them to come into the house?  Why does Christ then go on to speak about the parable of the sower?

Are All Things Good? (Romans 8:26-30)

The Lord promises that no matter what we face that God works all things for good. Does this mean that everything that we face as Christians is going to be good? Is this a declaration that sin is so eradicated that there will be no lasting consequence of sin? Does this really mean that all things are good or is the Apostle Paul teaching us something else about our Christian sojourn?

Assurance during Christ Absence (2) (Titus 2:11-15)

We continue to consider that if Christ is in heaven away from us then where is our hope? We can think of the ascension as a doctrine that is not that encouraging or beneficial for us today. However Paul writes to Titus about the ascension of Christ implying that this doctrine is something that is significant. Why is this doctrine so important for us today as we journey through this age?

Why A Sign of Jonah? (Matthew 12:22-37)

It seems that the leaders of Israel are coming around to understanding the significance of Christ’s ministry.  They simply want a sign, but Christ is upset with them for requesting a sign.  Jesus gives them a sign, but he gives them a sign of the AWOL prophet in the Old Testament.  Does this mean that Jesus is going to go AWOL or is there something deeper that Christ desires to communicate? 

Demon Lord or Lord over Demons? (Matthew 12:22-37)

Christ warns that there is a sin that we can commit that will not be forgiven.  This is pretty serious because we might live our lives thinking that we are honoring the Lord only to get to glory to find out that we did not live an honorable life at all because of one sin.  How do we know that we did not commit this sin unto death?  

Assurance During Christ’s Absence (Romans 8:34)

We believe that Christ’s entrance into heaven is a good thing. However, how can it be better that Christ is gone rather than Christ is here with us? It would seem better if we could walk into heaven, open the throne room, and look upon Christ. So how can we be assured that Christ’s leaving us is a good thing in the Lord’s redemptive plan?

Lord of the Wounded (Matthew 12:15-21)

Jesus goes away and stops interacting with the leaders of Israel.  He simply leaves.  The implication seems to be that Christ has to wait until the appropriate time to go to the cross so he needs to avoid controversy at this point.  This is true, but Matthew tells us something else about Christ withdrawing and going away.  How does Christ silently removing himself from a scuffle with the pharisees confirm his messianic mission?

Baptism of Resurrection or Death? (Romans 6:3,4)

The apostle Paul tells us that we were baptized into Christ’s death.  This is strange language considering we associate the sacrament of baptism with regeneration or spiritual renewal.  Why would Paul speak of us being baptized into Christ’s death?  What can this teach us about the meaning of baptism?