A Principle Concerning When Not to Share the Truth (Matthew 7:6)

Introduction: In this post I am going to attempt to tackle a difficult saying of our Lord Jesus, one that has often been misunderstood but which contains a crucial teaching that we must all learn to heed. This teaching comes in the form of a principle stated by means of metaphor, a principle which offers … Continue reading A Principle Concerning When Not to Share the Truth (Matthew 7:6)

The Importance of Proper Judging (Matthew 7:1-5)

Introduction: In the following illustration Kent Hughes relates the “experience of a certain young bachelor”: Every time he brought a prospective wife home, his mother criticized her unmercifully. The young man was at his wits end when a friend offered this advice: “Find someone like your mother.” So he looked and looked until he found … Continue reading The Importance of Proper Judging (Matthew 7:1-5)

The Narrow Way (Matthew 7:13-14 Teaching Outline)

Introduction: As I studied this passage, I was reminded of a famous poem by Robert Frost: Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took … Continue reading The Narrow Way (Matthew 7:13-14 Teaching Outline)

Mark 10:17-22 – Jesus and the Rich Young Ruler (Teaching Outline)

Introduction: In his commentary on the Gospel of Mark, Kent Hughes relates the following account: Amy Carmichael … described in her famous book Things as They Are sitting with a Hindu queen in her palace as the queen revealed her spiritual hunger. As the conversation developed, she kept pushing Miss Carmichael regarding what was necessary … Continue reading Mark 10:17-22 – Jesus and the Rich Young Ruler (Teaching Outline)

Being Generous and Doing Good (Galatians 6:6-10 Teaching Outline)

Note: Read verses 1-10 in order to get the context in mind. Introduction: Consider the following illustration from a past edition of Today In The Word: Harvesting was a far more difficult task before Cyrus McCormick invented the mechanical reaper. Even laboring long hours, farmhands using sickles could harvest no more than one acre per … Continue reading Being Generous and Doing Good (Galatians 6:6-10 Teaching Outline)

Bearing One’s Own Load (Galatians 6:3-5 Teaching Outline)

Note: As I have pointed out before, I have a habit of including references to Greek terms in my notes, whether I actually refer to them or not, so I have left them in with transliterations. Introduction: Remember that in last week's post we saw that Paul describes the Christian life as a battle between … Continue reading Bearing One’s Own Load (Galatians 6:3-5 Teaching Outline)

Bearing One Another’s Burdens (Galatians 6:1-2 Teaching Outline)

Note: Begin reading the passage at 5:16 and read through 6:5 in order to get the context in mind. Note also that I have a habit of including references to Greek terms in my notes, whether I actually refer to them or not, so I have left them in with transliterations. Introduction: These days it … Continue reading Bearing One Another’s Burdens (Galatians 6:1-2 Teaching Outline)

Psalm 32 – Happiness Through Forgiveness (Teaching Outline)

Introduction: The first word of this psalm is blessed, from the Hebrew word ’esher (אֶ֫שֶׁר), which refers to the true happiness that one can only find through a right relationship with God. The Reformation Study Bible thus correctly asserts in a footnote on the use of ’ešer in Psalm 1:1 that it is “A stronger … Continue reading Psalm 32 – Happiness Through Forgiveness (Teaching Outline)

The Wisdom of Obeying Your Parents (Luke 2:39-52 Teaching Outline)

Introduction: One of the central passages of the New Testament concerning Jesus' obedience is found in Philippians 2. In it the Apostle Paul sets forth Jesus as our example of obedience: NKJ  Philippians 2:5-8 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did … Continue reading The Wisdom of Obeying Your Parents (Luke 2:39-52 Teaching Outline)