The listeners at the mount would have known the old testament.
Abraham was promised land & children
Then various events took place over the generations with nothing extra to add for the past 400 years when God did not speak to them.
Expectations were reducing although both Pharisees and the zealots (who kept the extreme law) were still making statements.more
Ed and Andrea both talked from Matthew 8 and 9. In these chapters Matthew is addressing one key question that the crowds and early disciples were asking following Jesus great teaching - WHO IS THIS JESUS? Does he live up to his claims & his own teaching, could he really be the Messiah? Matthew compresses all these stories into these two chpaters to show us what Jesus was lmore
Jesus has experienced all the temptations that we endure but overcame all of them.
The devil, who is often ignored in his age, really exists and is determined to undermine belief.
But Jesus is there to help us overcome
The kingdom is living the life in a different way.
Lives pleasures do not last in the long term.
The decisions we make result in eternal consequences.
As we finished our series on prayer, rather than looking at another prayer in the Bible, Ed spoke about Paul's prayer requests at the end of his prison letters. Originally he was going to speak from Col 4v2-6 where Paul encourages us to be devoted to prayer and asks for some specific prayer about the gospel going out to others through him. more
We may not expect God to work but we should COMMAND that healing takes place, not just request God to heal.
We are in a battle with heavenly realms and we are secret weapons IF we choose to engage.
What is the destiny planned for each of us?