Teaching of Christ
Jesus’s teachings were striking and memorable, not only because he used a variety of teachings methods but more so because of what he taught, that he was the incarnate, divine Lord who had brought his heavenly kingdom to earth and that the rules of this kingdom were much different from the rules of the kingdoms of earth.
Jesus was known for his teachings because of the methods that he used and the message that he preached. Throughout his teaching ministry, Jesus used a variety of methods that made his teachings both striking and memorable, understandable and provoking. These methods included many well-known methods of his day, as well as qualities that we are still familiar with—poetry, proverbs, exaggeration, parables, similes, riddles, and paradoxes. However, what set his teachings apart from others was the message that they contained. Jesus taught that the kingdom of God had come, and that he, as the incarnate and divine Lord, was its ruler. This kingdom challenged the standards of the kingdoms of men and called its citizens to live in radically different ways.
Kingdom of Heaven 101: Jen Wilkin on the Sermon on the Mount
Watch Jen Wilkin preview her new small group Bible study curriculum on the Sermon on the Mount.
Did Jesus Preach the Gospel?
We may believe in our hearts that Jesus preached the gospel, but sometimes Christians confess with our mouths a message of the good news of Jesus that never actually draws on his teaching.
2 Reasons Jesus Died on the Cross
The death of Jesus is for life, not just for Easter.
What Does ‘This Rock’ Refer to in Matthew 16:18?
Just because he’s not the first pope doesn’t mean Protestants should demote Peter in this passage.
Stop That Steamroller! A Practical Application of Matthew 7:6
Not everyone deserves an answer. Strange thought, I know, coming from a lifelong apologist.
What Does It Mean to Worship God in Spirit and Truth?
Any affection or feeling or emotion stirred up by error or false doctrine is worthless.
What Does ‘Born of Water and the Spirit’ Mean in John 3:5?
Where do ‘water’ and ‘the Spirit’ come together in the Old Testament in a context that promises a new beginning?
Hell Is More Than a Choice
Jesus spoke boldly about hell. Are you more tender and loving than him?
‘Judge Not’ Isn’t the Ultimate Mic Drop
Jesus said, ‘Judge not!’ (Yes, but I don’t think that verse means what you think it means . . .)
Life Is Hard. Jesus Doesn’t Make It Easier.
I’ve never found that life gets easier. Or better. But I have found that God is with me.