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The purpose of the Gospel; this present evil world; how does Christ bring in the kingdom? the cosmic dimension of the kingdom.
The problem of life and living; two views of life : the godly and the ungodly; Christianity not only for the simple-minded; religion should be first priority; love separated from sex; the enjoyments of the mind; the importance of happiness; the reversal of the order of priorities.
Three principles concerning Christianity; a false view of life; man sees himself as only a body; the effects of a life of slavery; the establishment of the kingdom; the wrath of God against the unrighteous.
The question of a right approach; no one is beyond redemption; the root of man's trouble is sin; reconciliation to God is man's great need; the authority to reconcile is held only by Christ.
The call of Matthew; and its relevance to modern man; Christianity not a philosophy; but of history; what is the meaning of the call? a call of totality; a new realm and level of thinking; His call leads to Calvary; called to humiliation; persecution and death; yet also called to God and forgiveness.
The importance of coming face to face with Christ; the call of Christ; and its meaning; accepting the teaching of Christ and believing on Him; the cost of following Him.
A wrong idea of Christianity; living a 'good life' is not Christianity; whom does Christ call? the meaning of true repentance.
The first effect of Christianity; the shocking truth of Christianity; why does Christianity shock? the essential characteristics of the message; an invitation to the feast.
These parables explained; many are outside the Church because of misconceptions concerning Christianity; a new and unique message; putting new wine into the old bottles (i.e. Ritualism); the power is entirely in the Gospel; not in man; the power that smashes man; then creates him anew.
The human condition examined; men and women are in a state of bewilderment; all have gone astray; Jesus; the only hope for the world.