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Preaching, Power, and Popularity

November 8, 2020 • Matt Miller • Luke 6:17-19

Luke gives us a summary statement of Jesus' immense popularity. Many are coming to Him for various reasons; hoping to hear Him, be healed, and be amazed. It's a passage that reflects on the people's perspective toward Jesus up to this point in His ministry. Yet, Luke masterfully places this before Jesus' Sermon on the Plain. Jesus will end that sermon by saying true disciples are not one's who merely here and consume, but obey. It is a powerful reminder that we must examine ourselves to see if our life truly bears the marks of a faithful disciple.

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Illustrations of Love

January 17, 2021 • Matt Miller

Jesus gives four illustrations of what true love looks like. In all four of them we see the characteristic of true love, which is grace. For love to be effective, it cannot demand justice. Rather, true love must give grace, and at great cost to self. For when we do this, the Christian displays love, making the Gospel believable.

Love Commanded

January 3, 2021 • Matt Miller

Jesus enters into the main substance of the Sermon on the Mount. He gives the first recorded command in the Gospel, and it's the command to love. This passage reveals the preeminent mark of any true disciple, namely, love. It is not enough to withhold vengeance from our enemies, rather, we must also seek their good in practical ways. Jesus begins His great teaching with four commands to love, summarizing the essence of all He is about to teach.

Four Signs You're Unredeemed

December 13, 2020 • Matt Miller

In the second half of Jesus' introduction to the Sermon on the Mount, He gives four "woes." These are four curses over those who will not repent. Attached to these declarations of judgment are four characteristics (or signs) of the unredeemed heart. These marks correspond to the four beatitudes He just gave. It's a helpful passage, causing us to reflect on what it truly means to be a converted sinner. It's a sobering message, declaring the realities of hell; yet a hopeful passage, for we still live in the time of grace.