Losing and Finding Life in Christ

Read Matthew 16:21-28 with Psalm 49

The way to find your life in Christ is through the active acts of self-denial and taking up your cross to follow him. The world offers many pleasures, which are often steeped in sinful ideals and conduct, but Christ came and offered his life to redeem us from the enslavement of the world, and power of sin.

The Keys of the Kingdom

Read Matthew 16:13-23 with Zechariah 6:9-15

Ordinarily, is there the potential for salvation outside the visible church? Here Jesus answers that question by pointing us to where the keys of his kingdom [preaching of the doctrines of the gospel and exercise of discipline] lay - with the visible church.

Wives Be Submissive to Your Own Husbands

Read 1Peter 3:1-7

Peter continues on in expressing how submission in an ungodly relationship is the way of holiness and endurance of trials to the glory of God. Cgristian wives have a great ability through a quiet and gentle spirit, to be used to bring their unbelieving husbands to faith in JEsus Christ. As well, husbands through holy love, become a blessing to their wives.

Commendable Submission

Read 1Peter 2:13-25

One of the most difficult marks of holiness to pursue is submission, particularly before an ungodly authority. Peter writes to believrs, to exhort them in that which is comenndable before God, and after the example of Christ - submission with a clear conscience before God. In this we are following Christ's steps.

Little Faith and Hypocrisy

Read Matthew 16:1-12 with Jonah 4

Jesus spoke against the hypocrisy of the Pharisees and Sadducees, calling it "leaven". Hypocrisy is insidious, like cancer, infecting immature faith with either its legalistic tendencies, or liberal leanings. Its most significant impact is moving our faith from the resting place of God's mercies in jesus Christ.

True Faith Versus Partiality

Read Matthew 15:29-39

Jesus, still ministering in the predominantly Gentile territory of Galilee, performs the miracle of feeding a multitude of four thousand people. Here he challenges his disciples' understanding of the make-up of the kingdom of God, which will include the Gentiles, while confronting the challenges of partiality = prejudices and bias that affect Gospel ministry.