Jesus now gathers His twelve disciples for ministry. Among the crowd of followers, Jesus chooses twelve, very common, very ordinary men. They are imperfect and weak, yet the Lord will use them to accomplish mighty things. God is not looking for super saints to accomplish His purposes. He uses the weakness of common, ordinary men to fulfill the extraordinary. And the weaker we are, the more useful we'll be. And it all began with these twelve men who will become the foundation of His Church.
The Master's Men
November 1, 2020 • Matt Miller • Luke 6:12-16
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.
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.