Matthew 5-7 has been my go-to-text for discipleship training. The Sermon is Jesus’ cross-cultural manifesto, relating the gospel of grace to all ethnicities, races, genders, locations, denominations, and social-economic classes.
The Sermon on the Mount is a gift that does justice to both the believer’s internal character development and external behavior, to the mission of the church and the need for missions, to the individual person and to the body-and-soul-in-community, and to the present as well as the future. I invite your interaction at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professor Bruce Waltke offers the following endorsement:
“Doug Webster, professor of Pastoral Theology and Christian Preaching at Beeson Divinity School, in his splendid work, The Psalms: Jesus’ Prayer Book aims “to sync life with the Psalms.” He successfully achieves this aim by his judicious use of scholarship with his own insights into the wisdom of the psalms and into the human condition. But he does more. By combining his spiritual words with the Spirit-inspired psalms he transforms the believer’s life into the image of the Lord Jesus Christ of whom the psalms speak. Here is a book that readily provides rich spiritual material for personal and pastoral application.”
The disciples confessed that Jesus is the Messiah, but they did not understand what that meant and what the Messiah was about to suffer for our redemption. The horror of the lynching tree helps us to grasp the horror of the cross, even as the cross of Christ, in contrast to the lynching tree, stands for the power of redemption and the hope of the resurrection.
Hebrews is a powerful meditation on the gospel. Like Jesus in the Gospels, Hebrews sees the fundamental difference between apostasy and faithfulness as the difference between a religion about God and a Christ-centered relatioinship with God.