Fasting for the Glory of God (Matthew 6:16-18 Teaching Outline)

Introduction: As we approach this text, it is good to remember the preceding context. Earlier in this passage, our Lord Jesus warned us against hypocrisy in giving and called upon us to be concerned about giving for the glory of God rather than men (6:1-4). Then He warned us against hypocrisy in praying and called … Continue reading Fasting for the Glory of God (Matthew 6:16-18 Teaching Outline)

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)