Matthew, Mark, Luke & John: Session 23

            When human beings take their man-made religious traditions and call them commandments of God, they're treading on dangerous ground. Jesus was mostly criticized not by secularists, atheists, or even the demon possessed, but rather the religious leaders who continually found themselves opposing him at every turn. They had taken Biblical principles and turned them into exaggerated, ceremonial, man-made traditions. This still happens today and unfortunately, people can get into the habit of blindly following religious ceremonies and traditions without ever stopping to consult God's Word and ask Him, "Why are we all doing this? What's the point?" Jesus said, "If you abide in My Word, you are truly my disciples and you will know the truth and the truth will make you free."

51 Minutes
July 16, 2010

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I. Religious Leaders Complain To Jesus About His Disciples Not Washing Their Hands.
A. Matthew 15:1-2
B. Mark 7:1-5

II. A Religious View Of Sin VS God's View Of Sin.
A. Matthew 15:3-6
B. Mark 7:8-13

III. The Word Of Religion VS The Word Of God.
A. Matthew 15:7-9
B. Mark 7:6-7

IV. Jesus Redefines For The Religious Leaders What Makes A Man Unclean.
A. Matthew 15:10-11
B. Mark 7:14-16

V. The Blind Leading The Blind: Jesus' Remedy For Escape.
A. Matthew 15:12-14
B. John 8:31-32
C. Romans 12:2
D. Hebrews 4:12

VI. Jesus Explains To His Disciples The Meaning Of What He Said To The Religious Leaders.
A. Matthew 15:15-20
B. Mark 7:17-23

VII. The Mysterious Case Of The Syro-Phoenician: "Children's Bread Being Thrown To The Dogs."
A. Matthew 15:21-28
B. Mark 7:24-30