Everyone that hears these words of mine and does them shall be likened to a wise man who built his house upon the rock.”


The Kingdom of God – (Disciples are called to a radically different political reality)

Love YOUR Enemy – (Mercy and love are the defining characteristics of his disciple and reflect the nature of God)

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Fulfillment – Law and Prophets – (In Jesus, the Law and Prophets find their fulfillment)

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Christian Response to Persecution – (Disciples must not respond in kind to persecutors)

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Prudent or Foolish? – (At the conclusion of his “Sermon on the Mount,” Jesus vested his words with ABSOLUTE AUTHORITY)

Persecution and Disciples – (To suffer for Jesus is the greatest honor before God for a Christian)


Only in Jesus – (Jesus of Nazareth is the interpretive key that unlocks the Hebrew scriptures and Revelation)

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Meaning of Discipleship – (To be his disciple means to pursue self-sacrificial service for others)

Whosoever will Follow Me – (For a fleeting moment, the eyes of Peter were opened to “see” just who he was)

Parable of the Sower – (Jesus is sowing the “seed” of the gospel in the world where it grows unseen until the final harvest)

Kingdom Parables – (His parables taught how the Kingdom is progressing in the world in unexpected ways)

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Embracing the Cross – (To be the Messiah means suffering and death, and he summons his disciples to follow the same path)

Seizing the Kingdom – (Christ’s comment on violence taking the kingdom refers to violent men who seize the work of God)

Jesus Refused Political Power – (His messiahship is not based on the coercive political powers of this age. Jesus, thereby, refused to render homage to Satan)

Cost of Discipleship – (To be a disciple means to take up one’s cross daily and to follow in his steps wherever they lead)

No man knows the day or the hour except the Father alone.”


Fruitless Temple – (The barren fig tree symbolized the fruitlessness of the Temple)

The Temple is Judged – (Departing the Temple, Jesus pronounced its impending desolation)

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In the Temple – (Jesus gave his final discourse following his final departure from the Temple – Mark 12:41-13:4.)

Geographic Scope – (Jesus described events set in different geographic settings – regional and universal)

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Wars and Rumors – (Jesus warned about coming deceivers who propagate false expectations about the end)

Repeated Warnings – (Jesus reiterated key information that is necessary for his followers to avoid being misled by deceivers)

Sign of the End – (It will not come until this gospel is proclaimed to all nations)

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Abomination that Desolates – (When the desolating abomination appears, disciples must flee Jerusalem)

THIS Generation – (The generation contemporary with Jesus would see the Temple destroyed )

Budding Fig Tree – (The parable of the budding fig tree pointed to the events leading up to the destruction of the Temple)

Coming on Clouds – (The whole earth will witness the Son of Man arriving on the clouds to gather his elect to himself)

Knowing Times and Seasons – (Did Jesus command his disciples to know the “times and Seasons” of the end?)

The “Days of Noah” – Normalcy or Chaos? – (Does the analogy by Jesus to the “days of Noah” forecast a time of chaos or normalcy?)

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