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Sermon on the Mount: The Sermon’s Ideals

Living out the ethos of Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount is a matter of a changed heart, not just behavior or rules, whether from a mountain in the Sinai or one in Galilee. The only way we can live out the counter-cultural ethic of the kingdom of God is by the power of the indwelling Spirit.

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“Salt” & “Light”

I’m reading Stott’s commentary on the Sermon on the Mount and loving this classic. Such a combination of solid reflection, rhetorical excellence, and spiritual fervor….

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Fasting on Zion and throughout Nineveh

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Charismata: Summary & Conclusion

Peter’s twofold summary of the twenty various gifts of the Spirit is comprehensive but not detailed; he lists the gifts of speaking and of helping…

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A Canonical Rule

Ignore Anyone Who Ignores These Directions (1 Cor 14:36–38) Paul forbids the Corinthians to start originating novel practices without conforming them to Scripture, which must…

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Women & the orderly exercise of spiritual gifts (1 Cor 14:33b–35).

This text is one of the most controversial in the New Testament, along with other Pauline texts that regulate the church role of women in…

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Gifts: Regulated for Order

The gifts should be regulated so that the congregation can maintain order (1 Cor 14:26–33a). This means that a congregation should regulate the frequency of…

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Sign of Judgment or Salvific Sign (1 Cor 14:21–25)

Uninterpreted tongues are a sign of judgment for unbelievers, interpreted tongues or prophecy can serve as a sign that might lead to repentance (1 Cor…

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Interpreting messages in tongues

Unedifying Uninterpreted Tongues (1 Cor 14:6–12) Uninterpreted tongues have no power to convey meaning, and thus no power to edify others (1 Cor 14:6–12). Paul…

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Rules about Messages in Tongues (1 Cor 14:1–25)

Before Paul leaves behind his discussion on how the church should regulate the gifts, he turns from the general exercise of all the gifts to…

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