Encountering the Master in the Scriptures (Matthew 5.17-20)

The sermon I preached at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary on November 15th, 2011.

“Seek to master the Scriptures, but even more seek to be mastered by the Scriptures, and yet still more seek to encounter the Master, the fulfiller of the Law and the Prophets, the author and perfecter of our faith, the Lover of our souls, who awaits you within the pages of Scripture.” LISTEN

Matthew 5:17-20
17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

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