What is your purpose in this life? If you're a Christian, why have you been saved? Jesus answers this question as He gathers His first disciples. He gives His call for radical self-denial. True disciples are to pick up the mantle of Jesus' mission and follow Him. Jesus is unbelievably clear that true disciples cannot still be defined by the former life, but must be defined by the holy mission of building the kingdom.
December 15, 2019 • Matt Miller • Luke 5:1-11
October 18, 2020 • Matt Miller
Jesus endures a string of three assaults by the Pharisees. Yet, here, He intentionally heightens the tension. He wants to make a very strong contrast between His way of salvation, and the way of self-righteous religion. What Jesus reveals is that a person is either with Him or against Him. There is no neutrality. For the lowly sinner, He offers grace. But for the self-righteous, He offers judgment. Which are you?
Jesus, Lord of the Sabbath
October 11, 2020 • Matt Miller
Jesus is assaulted by false accusations on a point of Law, specifically, regarding Sabbath observance. Jesus, once again, uses the confrontation to expose the false religion of the Pharisees, but also reveal Who He is. Jesus masterfully traps the Pharisees, who are seeking to trap Him. It's a wonderful account that gives the sinner much hope in Jesus Christ. Salvation does not come through religious Law-keeping, but by embracing the One Who is Lord of the Sabbath. For He is our rest.
The Incompatibility of the Gospel
October 4, 2020 • Matt Miller
This is a poignant passage revealing the uniqueness of the Gospel. It shows how Jesus' message is utterly new, and therefore, incompatible with any form of religion, or self-righteous effort. It is a passage revealing the purity of the Gospel, and that anything false corrupts its efficacy to save sinners. It is a timely message in light of a pluralistic, syncretistic culture, which says that there are many paths to salvation. Jesus says there is only one path, and it is His path alone.