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Matthew 21C

Questioning Authority

May 20, 2018 • Andy Falleur

- In our text, Jesus’s authority is challenged by the chief priests and the elders of the people. His response is revealing, in that no one is able to “outsmart” the Lord. In addition, we see a marvellous example of our servant-leader, and the truth shared in love. What’s incredible to consider is how the Holy Spirit is shaping and forming and making us more like Jesus. Speaker: Andy Falleur Keywords: Shrewd, Devious, Mature, Conflict

Matthew 26:57-68

Jesus is God! • September 23, 2018 • Andy Falleur

- Jesus is brought before Caiaphas in a hearing to find a charge against him. The only charge that sticks is that He is the Messiah. But, when asked the question, Jesus answers it in a way that can only be understood in his relation to being God. Keywords: Trinity, Messiah, Divinity, Brownies

1 Peter 2:19-25

Unjust Suffering • September 16, 2018 • Andy Falleur

- We took a diversion from Matthew this weekend and took a look at Peter’s reflection from the Garden of Gethsemane in 1 Peter 2:19-25. Peter talks about unjust suffering, and how we are all as Christians called to unjust suffering, because Jesus suffered for us and gave us an example to follow. It’s an intense study, but an important study. In it we referenced Jin Migra, “Pastor Ezra” and the news articles (https://nationalpost.com/news/world/group-officials-destroying-crosses-burning-bibles-in-china) that he was in last week. Keywords: Abuse, Suffering, Persecution, Injustices

Matthew 26:52-54

Swords & Legions • September 9, 2018 • Andy Falleur

- These three statements by Jesus here at his arrest have been used throughout the centuries as the reason why Christians would embrace the ideas of nonviolence and pacifism. This goes all the way back to the church fathers and continues today in the Eastern Orthodox side of the church and the Anabaptist strain of our Western churches. In this study, we looked at those three statements, an explanation of nonviolent ideas, and then more Scripture from both the Old and New Testament to hopefully arrive at a more informed understanding. Keywords: Pacifism, Non-violence, Unjust Suffering, Sword