Chapter 1

The Fathers' Perspectives

December 23, 2012  |  Scott Masson

God's character is publicly slandered because of man's choices: “If God is good, why is the world so bad?”

Topic: History
Scripture: Matthew 1

The Return of the King

December 28, 2008  |  Scott Masson
The entire Bible centers around the plot line of the 'return of the King' in fulfillment of the words spoken by the Lord to the serpent after the fall of mankind in Genesis 3:15.
Topic: Theology
Scripture: Matthew 1

The Fathers' Perspectives

December 23, 2012  |  Scott Masson
God's character is publicly slandered because of man's choices: “If God is good, why is the world so bad?”
Topic: History
Scripture: Matthew 1
The Gospel Net in a Sea of Faiths (A)

The Gospel Net in a Sea of Faiths (A)

April 30, 2008  |  Joe Boot

There is no neutrality in how one responds to the claims of Christ. Because the world rejects God's word in scripture, it rejects The Word made flesh. Only if we ourselves are captivated by Christ and his glorious gospel, will we cling to him and faithfully call others to do the same.

It's About Time (A)

It's About Time (A)

May 23, 2008  |  Joe Boot

This segment discusses the origins and science of the space-time continuum. How is time defined and what is its meaning? What are we to do with our time?

Chapter 2

The Light of the Nations

January 2, 2011  |  David Robinson
The stars are not gods, but they are creatures of God which do His bidding.

Guide Us to Thy Perfect Light

January 4, 2015  |  David Robinson

The Magi received the Word of God in Jerusalem, and the illumination of the star (the work of the Holy Spirit) led them to Christ.

Guide Us to Thy Perfect Light

January 4, 2015  |  David Robinson
The Magi received the Word of God in Jerusalem, and the illumination of the star (the work of the Holy Spirit) led them to Christ.

The King of the Jews

December 9, 2012  |  Joe Boot

Jesus is the King of the nations who brings peace and salvation and demands our allegiance.

January Blues & Holographic Girlfriends
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January Blues & Holographic Girlfriends

January 8, 2017  |  Joe Boot

As we enter a New Year, let us decide whether we will be led by the Word of God revealed in Christ Jesus, or by a substitute word of man's own design.

Scripture: Matthew 2:5-6
Do the Gospels Disagree?

Do the Gospels Disagree?

November 23, 2016  |  David Robinson

Matthew and Luke give differing accounts of some of the details of Jesus' birth. Is this a reason to cast doubt on the truth of Scripture?

Chapter 5

Riches in Poverty

October 3, 2010  |  Scott Masson

Sin is deceitful, offering us many ways to make us happy, but ultimately all but Christ's offer of blessed life leads to misery and death.

Topic: Law
Scripture: Matthew 5:1-12

The Mountain of Covenant Blessing

September 19, 2010  |  Joe Boot
Jesus applies the meaning of the law to His kingdom people. He tells us of the blessed life which puts God before all things.

The Character of the Blessed

September 26, 2010  |  Joe Boot

To be blessed is to be satisfied as God is satisfied.

Blessed are Those Who Mourn

October 10, 2010  |  Joe Boot
A truly repentant man will not only mourn for his own sin, but also the condition of the world around him.

Blessed are the Merciful

November 7, 2010  |  Joe Boot
Mercy is based on our obligation to God and others; mercy is not humanistic in its orientation, it's not man-centred.

Blessed are the Pure in Heart

November 21, 2010  |  Joe Boot
Purity in any form apart from the blood of Christ is a myth.
Topic: Salvation
Scripture: Matthew 5:8

Blessed are the Peacemakers

November 28, 2010  |  Scott Masson
The atonement of Christ has power to bring peace to every aspect of God's world.

Blessed are the Persecuted

December 5, 2010  |  Joe Boot
The world seeks to hunt down those who stand up for righteousness and justice for the sake of Jesus.

Salt and Light

January 9, 2011  |  Joe Boot

If Christians do not live out the Beatitudes, the world becomes putrid and infected. Christians are called to be antiseptic.

Topic: Justice
Scripture: Matthew 5:13-16

Christ and the Law

January 16, 2011  |  Joe Boot
The Scripture says that both the legalist and antinomian are coming to God in their own self-righteousness. They are not coming in the righteousness of Christ.
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Christ the Law-Giver & Law-Keeper

September 7, 2017  |  Joe Boot

As we reflect on the significance of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation - which helped recover the importance of revealed law for both the church and culture - the church in our time needs to return to a robust gospel vision that embraces the law of God as Christ and the apostles themselves embraced and applied it.

Topic: Law
Scripture: Matthew 5:17-19

Murder and the Heart

January 23, 2011  |  Joe Boot
We live in a murderous culture where violence and suicide are leading causes of death.
Topic: Law
Scripture: Matthew 5:21-26

The Desire of a Pure Heart

January 30, 2011  |  David Robinson
The church cannot be salt and light if we ourselves are caught up in the sins of lust and adultery.

Marriage and Divorce

February 6, 2011  |  Joe Boot
God's purpose for human relationships is for sexual purity before marriage and fidelity within marriage.

Truth and Oaths

February 13, 2011  |  Joe Boot
Speech is a privilege. All our speech before God must be mindful of God and His holiness. We should never trivialize our vows, oaths, or speech.

Turning the Other Cheek

March 6, 2011  |  Joe Boot
Crime and punishment can be distinguished only by the law of God.
Topic: Justice
Scripture: Matthew 5:38-42

Love Your Enemy

March 13, 2011  |  Joe Boot
We are commanded to respect the life and reputation of our enemy (don't murder, don't slander), respect his property (don't steal, don't covet), etc. Jesus instructs us to pray for and bless our enemy.
Topic: Law
Scripture: Matthew 5:43-48

Chapter 6

The City of God (The End of Apologetics)

The City of God (The End of Apologetics)

May 22, 2008  |  Joe Boot

What does it mean to live now as a citizen of the City of God, as a child of this kingdom that has come and is still coming? Our faith is a comprehensive faith that applies to every aspect of human life. Our call is to work for the redemption and restoration of every sphere of life through Jesus Christ.

Giving to the Needy

March 20, 2011  |  Joe Boot

God demands charity through tithes and personal care for our neighbour; it's not the state's duty.

Simple and Sincere Prayer

March 27, 2011  |  David Robinson

Jesus says we should pray in secret. Private prayer is the key to sincerity before God.

The Lord's Prayer

April 3, 2011  |  Joe Boot
We often see prayer in a self-centered way. The starting point for prayer is submission to God's will.

Thy Kingdom Come

April 10, 2011  |  Joe Boot

Paradoxically, the kingdom of God is here, it is coming, and it will come.

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

April 17, 2011  |  Scott Masson
The first three petitions in the Lord's prayer pertain to eternal life; the last four to the temporal life.

Forgive Us Our Debts

May 1, 2011  |  Joe Boot

This petition is a Jubilee prayer. In the Old Testament, God set aside the seventh year and the fiftieth year for the cancellation or forgiveness of debts, and the release of slaves.

Topic: Salvation
Scripture: Matthew 6:12

Deliver us from Evil

May 8, 2011  |  Joe Boot
Moral evil is defined by modern humanists not as an offense against God's order, but as things which are harmful or unpleasant.
Topic: Humanism
Scripture: Matthew 6:13

Treasure in Heaven

May 15, 2011  |  Joe Boot
Many Christians have a false and misguided vision of escape from the world and its activities. On the other hand, Christians easily become consumed by the concerns and pursuits of the world.
Topic: Worship
Scripture: Matthew 6:16-21

Lamps, Masters and Money

June 5, 2011  |  Joe Boot
A healthy mind and heart is governed by God and His Word. It's full of light, right thinking, and righteousness.

Anxiety

June 12, 2011  |  David Robinson

We're to do what God has called us to do and God will be faithful to provide.

Chapter 7

Judging Others

Judging Others

June 19, 2011  |  Joe Boot

To judge others by human standards is both hypocritical and self-blinding. Whoever judges by the word of God begins his censure with himself.

Topic: Legalism
Scripture: Matthew 7:1-6

Asking and Receiving

June 26, 2011  |  Joe Boot

Coming under God's fatherhood, we have the right of petition, and all necessary gifts He will grant.

The Golden Rule

July 3, 2011  |  David Robinson

The golden rule is in fact unique to Christianity, given the theological and moral framework of the Bible which defines its parameters.

Fruit Inspectors

July 10, 2011  |  Michael Boot

There is earthly wisdom growing in bitter envy and strife, and there's heavenly wisdom, pure, peace-loving, submissive, full of good fruit, compassionate and sincere.

False Peace

July 17, 2011  |  Scott Masson

It is a false peace when the word of the Lord is not bringing us to a genuine peace with God.

Founded on the Rock

July 24, 2011  |  David Robinson

Obedience doesn't always manifest itself in obvious ways, and so the counterfeit Christian may easily pretend to be real.

Who is this Man?

July 31, 2011  |  David Robinson

We're not strong enough to hold onto the cross in the storms of life; the gospel is that Jesus is holding on to me.

Chapter 10

Wise as Serpents, Gentle as Doves

December 27, 2009  |  Joe Boot

In the context of opposition and threats, Jesus sent out His disciples, men called to confront the darkness in their culture.

Series: Evangelism
Scripture: Matthew 10:16-22

Chapter 20

Ministry, Service, and Power

September 30, 2012  |  Joe Boot
The humanist vision of the future is to bring rebirth by controlling people; the biblical vision is that the powerful work of the Holy Spirit will transform people. When we try to change people by our own power we end up sinfully dominating and controlling others. We are called to serve, not change, others. We cannot make a new creation out of anyone; only God can. In seeking the kingdom and righteousness of God, we seek God's purposes instead of instant personal satisfaction. We exercise a power and authority from beyond history, for the good of future generations.

Ministry, Service, and Power

September 30, 2012  |  Joe Boot

The humanist vision of the future is to bring rebirth by controlling people; the biblical vision is that the powerful work of the Holy Spirit will transform people. When we try to change people by our own power we end up sinfully dominating and controlling others. We are called to serve, not change, others. We cannot make a new creation out of anyone; only God can. In seeking the kingdom and righteousness of God, we seek God's purposes instead of instant personal satisfaction. We exercise a power and authority from beyond history, for the good of future generations.

Chapter 24

It's About Time (B)

It's About Time (B)

May 23, 2008  |  Joe Boot

Much of our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time that we spend much effort trying to save. We never seem satisfied with the present and are always caught up with experiences from the past or expectations for the future. History is working toward an end. If our time is a gift from a God who is there, then our time has real significance and meaning and time has a new destination: eternity.

Goodbye to the Anglican Church of Canada
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Goodbye to the Anglican Church of Canada

July 12, 2016  |  Joe Boot

With the recent vote to officially endorse same-sex marriage, the Anglican Church of Canada has at last demonstrated its faithless and apostate leadership. True Christians must get out.

Topic: The Church
Scripture: Matthew 24:35

Chapter 28

Adoring the Trinity

October 25, 2009  |  Michael Haykin

Each person of the Trinity is equally divine. When we approach one Person of the Trinity, we are offering full worship to the other Persons.

Topic: Theology
Scripture: Matthew 28

The Covenant and the University

February 20, 2011  |  Scott Masson
The character of Christian education is not putting the Bible alongside education. It is rather imparting a thorough biblical worldview into all areas of learning.
What is the Great Commission

What is the Great Commission

October 9, 2016  |  Joe Boot

After Jesus' resurrection, the Great Commission is in fact a reformulation of the cultural mandate.

Topic: Theology
Scripture: Matthew 28:18-20
Article (Jubilee Journal)

Christ and Culture

October 1, 2011  |  Joe Boot

Culture is inescapably religious and therefore it cannot be neutral. Defying all opposition, Christ's transforming power is re-making individuals and redeeming every area of life in terms of his kingdom purposes.

Article (Jubilee Journal)

Education and the Course of the Future

April 1, 2011  |  Joe Boot

Teaching scripture to the nations is part of the Great Commission. Yet in our time, we've neglected to even teach it in its fullness to our own children.

The Incarnation and its Implications

December 4, 2015  |  Steven Martins

What does the incarnation of Jesus Christ mean? The historic nature of Christianity makes it a unique, real and living faith, over against materialist or spiritual heresies.

Series: Apologetics
Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25