What is Truth? – Sharonda Medina

“Then Pilate went back into his headquarters and called for Jesus to be brought to him. “Are you the king of the Jews?” he asked him.

Jesus replied, “Is this your own question, or did others tell you about me?”

“Am I a Jew?” Pilate retorted. “Your own people and their leading priests brought you to me for trial. Why? What have you done?”

Jesus answered, “My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. But my Kingdom is not of this world.”

Pilate said, “So you are a king?”

Jesus responded, “You say I am a king. Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.”

 

“What is truth?” Pilate asked. Then he went out again to the people and told them, “He is not guilty of any crime.” John 18:33-38 NLT

What Is Truth? – Charles Pope

Pilot asked him, “What is truth?” (John 18:38a)

  1. Pilot confronts Jesus with a question.

“Are you the King of the Jews?” (John 18:33b)

  1. Jesus offers Pilot a great truth.

“You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. (John  18:37a)

  1. Jesus tells Pilot that He is “Truth.”

“Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to My voice.” (John 18:37b)

You Are To Be Perfect – Sharonda Medina



“But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.” Matthew 5:48 NLT

“You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.” Matthew 5:43-48 NLT

You Are to Be Perfect – Tommy Artmann

  1. Context is Everything – Matthew 5-7; especially 5:43-48

You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy.  But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! (5:43-44)

  1. Not “perfectionism,” but fulfilling our purpose

 In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. (5:45)

  1. The High Calling of Christ

You are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect. (5:48)

I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. (Philippians 3:13,14)

The Unforgivable Sin – Charles Pope

Unforgivable Sin

  1. Jesus’ popularity is growing.

…and a great multitude from Galilee followed him; …they came to him in great numbers from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, beyond the Jordan and the region around Tyre and Sidon (Mark 3:7b-8)

  1. Jesus’ family came to separate Him from the crowds.

When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for the people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind.”

(Mark 3:21)

  1. The scribes from Jerusalem separate themselves from Jesus and His work.

And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebul. And by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.” (Mark 3:22)

  1. Jesus informs the scribes that there is a sin that cannot be forgiven.

“But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin” – for   

 they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”  (Mark 3:29-30)

  1. When we acknowledge and rejoice in God’s acts of healing and forgiveness through Jesus Christ, we are

no longer separated from God.

“Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter.” (Mark 3:28)

The Unforgivable Sin – Tommy Artmann

Mark 3:20-30

I tell you the truth, all sin and blasphemy can be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. This is a sin with eternal consequences. He told them this because they were saying, “He is possessed by an evil spirit.” (Mark 3:28-30)

1. Context Is Everything!

One time Jesus entered a house, and the crowds began to gather again. Soon he and his disciples couldn’t even find time to eat. Mark 3:20

2. What Does It Mean to Blaspheme the Holy Spirit?

Anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. This is a sin with eternal consequences. Mark 3:29

a. Persistent, willful, and deliberate refusal to acknowledge the works of God through Jesus and believe.

b. “If you are concerned that you have blasphemed the Holy Spirit, then you have not.” (Robert Traina)

3. The Forgiveness Offered to All by Jesus

“I tell you the truth, all sin and blasphemy can be forgiven.”  Mark 3:28

Unless You Eat The Flesh of the Son of Man – Sharonda Medina

“So Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you. But anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise that person at the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. I live because of the living Father who sent me; in the same way, anyone who feeds on me will live because of me. I am the true bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will not die as your ancestors did (even though they ate the manna) but will live forever.” John 6:53-58 NLT

Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man – Josh Gray

When the Bible Doesn’t Make Sense

“Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man”

So Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you cannot have eternal life within you.  (John 6:53)

  1. Context is everything.
  2. Metaphor
  3. Manna from Heaven

.  “Your ancestors ate Manna in the wilderness…” (John 6:47)

  1. Jesus is God incarnate.

“The Word became flesh and dwelt among them…” (John 1:14)

  1. What does it mean for us to eat of Jesus’ flesh and drink of HIs blood today?

Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to Me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in Me will never be thirsty.”

  1. Communion is an act of worship in which we partake of bread and wine, body and blood.

Gates of Hades – Sharonda Medina

“And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. Matthew 16:18 NIV

“When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.  And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”  Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.” Matthew 16:13-20 NIV

The Gates of Hades – Tommy Artmann

   The Gates of Hades

I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not

overcome it. (Matthew 16:18)

  1. Context Is Everything.

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples,

“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” (Matthew 16:13)

  1. Jesus Is the Messiah.

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:16)

  1. The Good News of Jesus Will Prevail Over All.

On this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. (Matthew 16:18)