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The Beginning of Jesus' Public Ministry and the True Nature of Legalism
Weekend Newsletter: February 26, 2022
This Week’s Sermon
Last week, I preached on Matthew 4:12–25, an overview passage to introduce Jesus’ public ministry of word and deed. Here is the introduction from the sermon notes:
When Jesus defeated Satan’s temptations, Jesus bound that strong man in order to begin plundering his house (Matt. 12:29). Satan succeeded in binding Adam and Eve (and all their descendants after them), but Jesus turned the tables to bind Satan. Now that Jesus has been qualified and hailed as king, baptized and anointed as Christ, and established victorious as a conqueror, he begins the public phase of his rescue mission. The second half of Matthew 4 offers a summary of Jesus’ message, mandate, and ministry that is marked by discipleship. Here, we see the blueprints for Jesus’ building of his kingdom. Here, we see the initial overview of how Jesus came to make disciples of all nations.
Then, here is the sermon in full (transcript here):
This week, I published an article that I have been working on for a long time about legalism. I have often heard legalism defined as adding to the law, to make it more strict. (I have even used this definition in the past!)
A few months ago, I stumbled on some reading that dramatically altered the way I understood legalism, and I thought it was extremely helpful for thinking about my own life as a Christian, as well as my ministry as a pastor. If you didn’t catch it when I shared it earlier, please check it out now:
Have a blessed Lord’s Day tomorrow!