Character … Retaliation (Doctrine of a Disciple)

Honestly, I don’t like this next subject we’ll be looking at. It’s anti-intuitive. It goes against my natural desires. And it isn’t fun, isn’t fair, and isn’t easy. But it is part of the Christian Doctrine if we truly are a follower of Christ. 38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an…

Character … Promises Promises (Doctrine of a Disciple)

In Matthew 5:33-37 we find Jesus speaking about swearing and oaths. 33 “Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made.’ 34 But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35 or…

The Laws … Lust (Doctrine of a Disciple)

Is it just coincidence this particular topic is coming up now with all the headlines over the last few weeks? I highly doubt it. Let’s dive right in. Jesus continues to speak about what religious leaders of that day believed were laws/commandments and what He believed they were. This next part is talking about the…

The Laws … Murder (Doctrine of a Disciple)

Previous to this we learned that in Jesus’s mind, the law of Moses and the writings of the Prophets are still in effect today. But now He begins to expand a little on a few topics. 21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder,[a] and anyone who murders…

The Laws (Doctrine of a Disciple)

The next thing Jesus said is a whopper, and it’s one of disagreements and controversy. So we’ll see what we can glean from it and understand. Let’s take this a little chunk at a time shall we? “Do not think that I came to do away with or undo the [f]Law [of Moses] or the [writings of the] Prophets; I did not…

Character … Salt (Doctrine of a Disciple)

Matthew 5 is rich with instruction from Jesus. In this next section, He talks about Christians as the salt and light of the world. If you’ve been a Christian for any length of time, you’ve heard this saying a time or two, I’m sure. But what did He say exactly, and what does it mean?…

Character … Makarios 3 (Doctrine of a Disciple)

Makarios – know what that is? We typically read this in our Bible translated as Blessed  or Happy. We’ve come to one of those passage quoted by many types of people. Even non-Christians know some of these. We are walking through this passage and breaking them down a few at a time. We have three…