Christ has commanded his disciples to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Believers, therefore, have a responsibility to the world around them—without distinctions of race, language or class—to communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ by their actions, lifestyle and
Jesus begins this parable with a rather mundane comparison: “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground” (v. 26). With reference to these words, James Edwards writes, A more banal comparison could not be imagined. The kingdom of
Introduction As we saw previously, 2:1–3:6 contains five pericopes (narrative sections) in which controversy looms large. Conflict is a predominate theme in these verses. Though there remains at this point a sense of secretiveness to those who do not grasp the story line (unbelievers), nevertheless,
Many things that we now take for granted began in very small, unnoticed ways and, often, in out-of-the-way places. For example, Microsoft began in a college dorm room by a young man who would soon drop out of university. Apple had a similarly inauspicious beginning.