Teachings of Jesus

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  1. A Sobering Conclusion to the Sermon on the Mount - {PDF Copy} - (Disciples who refuse to follow the teachings of Jesus may be excluded at the time of his judgment)
  2. Then they will fast - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 2:18-22The old rules on fasting are no longer appropriate with the arrival of Yahweh's Messiah)
  3. Jesus, Lord of the Sabbath - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 2:23-28 - The Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath Day)
  4. Jesus and Jewish Traditions - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 2:1-3:6 - Jesus confronts several Jewish traditions and their proponents)
  5. The Parable of the Sower - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 4:1-20The parable of the sower pictures the Son of Man sowing the “seed” of the gospel in the world where it grows largely unseen and in unexpected ways until the final harvest at the end of the age)
  6. Kingdom Parables - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 4:21-34After giving his parable of the Sower, Jesus taught several more parables about the kingdom of God, its unexpected methods of expansion, and its status in the world up to the End of the Age)
  7. Perfect as the Heavenly Father - {PDF Copy} - (Mercy and love are the defining characteristics of the disciple of Jesus and the nature of God)
  8. Jesus Confronts Added Human Traditions - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus undermines the religious rationale for dietary restrictions. With the arrival of the Son of Man, old regulations and rituals begin to lose their relevance)
  9. Jesus has Authority over Ritual Purity Issues  - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 1:40-45 - The touch of Jesus cleanses a leper from ritual uncleanness apart from the required Levitical rites)
  10. Jesus and Food Purity Laws - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 7:1-23 - Christ's statement about eating food with unwashed hands anticipated the end of religious-based dietary restrictions)
  11. Confrontation in the Temple - the Olivet Discourse - {PDF Copy} - (The teachings of Jesus on the Mount of Olives followed his confrontations with the Jewish religious authorities and his departure from the Temple for the last time, leaving it “desolate")
  12. Deceivers and Tumults - {PDF Copy} - (Matthew 24:4-14The Olivet Discourse opens with warnings about coming deceivers who will deceive many with false expectations about the end of the age)
  13. Wars and Rumors of Wars - Signs of the End? - {PDF Copy} - (Matthew 24:4-8 - Jesus warned his disciples not to heed claims by deceivers who pointed to manmade and natural catastrophes as “signs” of the end)
  14. Three Repeated Warnings of Jesus - {PDF Copy} - (Three specific warnings to disciples are repeated by Jesus in his Olivet Discourse to help them avoid deception)
  15. The Abomination of Desolation - {PDF Copy} - (When disciples see the “abomination of desolation standing where it ought not,” they are to flee the vicinity of Jerusalem)
  16. "This Generation" in the Olivet Discourse - {PDF Copy} - (Biblical usage of “this generation” consistently applies the phrase to the generation that was alive at the time it was uttered)
  17. "As in the Days of Noah" - Normalcy or Chaos? - {PDF Copy} - (An analogy from the ancient past to illustrate the need to remain ever ready for the sudden return of Jesus)
  18. The Key Sign of the End of the Age - {PDF Copy} - (Matthew 24:14 - The "End" will not come until the Gospel of Jesus Christ is proclaimed to all nations)
  19. Is the Parable of a Budding Fig Tree a Sign of Israel Flourishing in the Land? - {PDF Copy} - (The parable of the budding fig tree meant that the fulfillment of the things predicted by Jesus on the Mount of Olives signaled the imminent destruction of the Temple)
  20. Know the "Times and Seasons" - {PDF Copy} - (Did Jesus command us to know the signs and seasons that will precede his return in glory?)
Photo by Luis Fernando Felipe Alves on Unsplash
Ituporanga, SC, Brasil, by Luis Fernando Felipe Alves on Unsplash

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