WEEK 20 : "The Time of the Beginning"


Mk. 1:1 The beginning of the Gospel of Yeshua the Messiah, the Son of God.
Lk. 3:1 Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene,
Lk. 3:2 Annas and Caiphas being High Priests, the word of God came to Yochanan the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.

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WEEK 22 : “Yochanan Preaches to the People”


Matt. 3:7-10; Luke 3:7-14

Mt. 3:7 But when he say many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “Brood of vipers! Who has warned you to flee from the wrath that is to come?” (Lk. 3:7)
Mt. 3:8 “Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance.” (Lk. 3:8a)
Mt. 3:9 “And do not say to yourselves, ‘we have Abraham as our father;’ for I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.” (Lk. 3:8b)
Mt. 3:10 “And even now the ax is laid to the root of the tree. Therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

WEEK 23 : “Yochanan’s Prophecy of the Coming Messiah”


Matt. 3:11,12; Mark 1:7,8; Luke 3:15-18

Lk. 3:15 Now as the people were in expectation, and all reasoned in their hearts about Yochanan, whether he was the Messiah or not.
Lk. 3:16a Yochanan answered, saying, “I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose.” (Mt. 3:11a; Mk. 1:7)
Lk. 3:16b “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” (Mt. 3:11b; Mk. 1:8)
Lk. 3:17 “His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly purge His threshing floor, and gather the wheat into His barn; but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire.” (Mt. 3:12)
Lk. 3:18 And with exhortations he preached to the people.

WEEK 24 : The Baptism of Yeshua


Matt. 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-23

Mt. 3:13 Then Yeshua came from Galilee to Yochanan at the Jordan to be baptized by him. (Mk. 1:9; Lk. 3:21a)
Mt. 3:14 And Yochanan tried to prevent Him, saying, “I have need to be baptized by You, and You are coming to me?”
Mt. 3:15 Then Yeshua answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.”
Mt. 3:16a Then Yeshua, when He had been baptized, came up immediately from the water; (Mk. 1:10a; Lk. 3:21b)
Mt. 3:16b And behold, the heavens opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on Him. (Mk. 1:10b; Lk. 3:22a)
Mt. 3:17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Mk. 1:11; Lk. 3:22b)

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WEEK 25 : The Three Temptations of Yeshua


Matt. 4:1-11; Mark 1:12,13; Luke 4:1-13

Lk. 4:1 Then Yeshua, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. (Mt. 4:1; Mk. 1:12)
Lk. 4:2 Being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry.
(Mt. 4:2; Mk. 1:13a)
Lk. 4:3 And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” (Mt. 4:3)
Lk. 4:4 But Yeshua answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.” (Mt. 4:4)
Lk. 4:5 Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. (Mt. 4:8)
Lk. 4:6 And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.”
Lk. 4:7 “Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.”
(Mt. 4:9)
Lk. 4:8 And Yeshua answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘you shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve.’” (Mt. 4:10)
Lk. 4:9 Then he brought Him to Jerusalem, set Him on the pinnacle of the Temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here.” (Mt. 4:5,6a)
Lk. 4:10 “For it is written, ‘He shall give His angels charge over You, to keep You.’” (Mt. 4:6b)
Lk. 4:11 “And, ‘In their hands, they shall bear You up, lest You dash Your foot against a stone.’” (Mt. 4:6c)
Lk. 4:12 And Yeshua answered and said to him, “It has been said, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’” (Mt. 4:7)
Lk. 4:13 Now when the devil had ended eery temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time. (Mt. 4:11; Mk. 1:13b)

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Malcolm Baker ponders the journey from darkness to light and reminds us that Light triumphs… “The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it”  John 1:5

Preachers need grace, not ‘groupies’ . Chris Hill takes another look at the preacher who was not for sale…

John the Baptist was an extraordinary man. It seems likely that he was prepared at two levels to be the voice that would declare the glories of Jesus as the Lamb of God who would take away the sin of the world.

At the divine level he was prepared through the operations of the Holy Spirit within him. Those operations had commenced at his conception when the Holy Spirit filled him in his mother's womb (Luke 1:15). Throughout his years of growing into manhood the Lord fed John by the Spirit with a profound level of understanding as to who Jesus really was. It passed natural understanding. This is made clear by John 1:33 which records the exact words of the Baptist: “I would not have known Him, except that the one who sent me to baptise in water told me, 'The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptise in the Holy Spirit. '” Divine revelation had prepared John for the moment when Jesus approached him at the Jordan. John was divinely prepared to be “The Voice” . 

We are continuing today with, "Foundations of the Christian Faith," and the title for today is going to be about as foundational as anything could be.  That title is going to be. "The Meaning of Christianity." Turn to Colossians 1:27.  Colossians 1:27 makes the following statement: Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Now I think that in this one sentence -- better than perhaps any other place in the Bible -- is a definition of Christianity.  It tells us the meaning of Christianity:  "Christ in you, the hope of glory."  There is a lot that goes into that, and there's a lot that emerges from it, but in the final analysis, a Christian is one in whom Christ dwells.  Thus, Christianity is, "Christ in you, the hope of glory."

Christ In You Fulfills the Word of God

Now just for a few moments, I want to look at this passage in a little more detail.  I want to back up a bit to verse 25 where Paul begins to talk about his ministry.  He says that he... ...was made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which was given to him.

That word, "dispensation," means, "distribution of property."  That's what the word comes from in the New Testament Greek.  And so, Paul is talking about a ministry wherein he is assigned by God the task of receiving the Truth, and then distributing it to other people, through Jesus Christ.  And he says, I was made a minister in this way... ...according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you TO FULFILL THE WORD OF GOD.

There’s a reason that God commands all men everywhere to repent. It’s “…because He has appointed a Day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man Whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:31, italics added). We can have assurance that the Day of Judgment will take place and that Jesus will judge the earth—because of the resurrection. So should we then try and convince an unbelieving world of the resurrection? Many do, by pointing to the 500 witnesses who saw Him after He was raised, to the disciple who actually touched His side, to those who were willing to be martyrs for Christ, etc. But is Islam true because of its martyrs who give up their lives for their faith? What if someone doesn’t believe the Bible when it speaks of the 500 witnesses, etc. 

by Melanie Phillips

It has become the orthodoxy in the West that freedom, human rights and reason all derive from secularism and that the greatest threat to all these good things is religion.

I want to suggest that the opposite is true. In the service of this orthodoxy, the West is undermining and destroying the very values which it holds most dear as the defining characteristics of a civilised society. 

War is being waged against Western culture from within which is in essence a war against Christianity and its moral origins in the Hebrew Bible. By attacking these Biblical foundations in the name of reason and human rights, the culture warriors of secularism are sawing off the branch on which they sit. The only way to defend Western civilisation is to reaffirm and restore its Biblical foundations. My argument is a development of ideas I first explored in my 2012 book The World Turned Upside Down: The Global Battle over God, Truth and Power.

We are living in an era which extols reason, science and human rights. These are said to be essential for progress, a civilised society and the betterment of humanity. Religion is said to be their antithesis, the source instead of superstitious mumbo-jumbo, oppression and backward-thinking.

Some of this hostility is being driven by the perceived threat from Islamic terrorism and the Islamisation of Western culture. However, this animus against religion has far deeper roots and can be traced back to what is considered the birthplace of Western reason, the 18th-century Enlightenment.

Actually, it goes back specifically to the French Enlightenment. In England and Scotland, the Enlightenment developed reason and political liberty within the framework of Biblical belief. In France, by contrast, anti-clericalism morphed into fundamental hostility to Christianity and to religion itself.