Posts by Ben Averitt

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Jesus: The Light of the World

by Ben Averitt

John 12:46 I have come as a light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me would not remain in darkness. The first observation I make here is Jesus’ admission that all people who believe not in Him are living “in darkness”. And as long as unbelievers chose not to believe in Jesus, […]

I Will Draw All People to Myself

by Ben Averitt

What if I told you that everything related to your salvation depended on God? I’m willing to speculate that most of us would readily agree with that proposition. Yet, if I then asked you if God sovereignly saves some people but not all people…well, most people aren’t ready to say that, feeling that somehow, we […]

2015 Old Testament Scripture Reading Plan

by Ben Averitt

2015 Old Testament Scripture Reading Plan- As we celebrate this advent season of 2014, and give thanks to God for the Cross upon which the Son of God freely gave His life, let’s remember to purposefully think about and to give thanks for the freedom we now have that enables us to live for HIS […]

Mark 8

by Ben Averitt

Jesus teaches his disciples a very important lesson about doing the work of gospel ministry. In verse two, Jesus says to them, “I feel compassion for the people…”. Compassion. True gospel ministry is often times hard tedious work, such as feeding this large crowd of men, women and children would have been hard tedious work. […]

Matthew 22

by Ben Averitt

Jesus, speaking again to the religious leaders of Israel, now compares the ‘kingdom of heaven’ to a wedding banquet a king has for his son. Clearly the invitations had been sent out (law and the prophets) in advance, so when the king sent out his slaves to announce the beginning of the banquet (preaching of […]

Matthew 21:1-27

by Ben Averitt

Jesus and His disciples, nearing Jerusalem, reach the town of Bethphage, which was on the eastern slopes of the Mount of Olives. Jesus, fully aware of that which was awaiting Him, sent two of His disciples to a nearby town to retrieve a donkey and its colt. I find this request to be so typical […]

Matthew 8:14-34

by Ben Averitt

Continuing with the theme of chapters 8 – 11, of showing Jesus to be Messiah with authority and power, Matthew records events from Jesus’ life to further prove this claim. In this section of scripture Jesus shows He has authority and power over several things: sickness (vv.14-15), demons (vv.16-17, 28-34), and nature (vv.23-27). What caught […]

Matthew 4:1-11

by Ben Averitt

In vv. 1-11 we see the temptations of Christ. It’s important to remember here that while God is never the agent of temptation, as James tells us in James 1:13, He surely allows and uses the tempter (Satan) to temp in order to serve His sovereign purpose and plan. We also see this clearly in […]

Matthew 2 & 3

by Ben Averitt

Matthew continues his focus on Messiah in chapter 2 and sets out to show that Jesus was the promised one. In vv. 1-12 Matthew recalls how Magi (astrologers) from the east, traveled to Jerusalem in search of the new born ‘King of the Jews’. Herod’s selfish desire to have this new ‘King’ destroyed, led to […]

Matthew 1

by Ben Averitt

I’m looking forward to reading the New Testament with many of you this year. I will be using my blog here to post many if not all of my thoughts on each days reading. I hope many of you will join in this conversation as together we grow in grace this year through the sanctification […]