Sermons on Matthew
We continue our series this week all about relationships. In this lesson, we learn that conflict is inevitable, and as Christians we have the responsbility to be peacemakers. Part 1 of 2, we discuss in depth the first two steps to take in order to become a peacemaker – Prepare and Meet – by using the books of James, Matthew, and Ephesians.
Easter is a special time of year to remind everyone that we are welcome home into God’s family. In this message, we look at why Jesus came to earth, who Jesus came for, and different ways for how we can respond. Luke 19:1-10 tells us that Jesus came to seek and rescue lost people, while Matthew 9:9-13 tells us that Jesus came for everyone – especially imperfect, damaged, and unreligious people. And our response can be hostile, shallow enthusiasm, apathy,…
In this series, we tackle the controversial topic of what exactly the Bible says about God, Sex, and Marriage. This week, we further discuss what it means to be created, integrated sexual beings, and how that relates to being married and single. Genesis 1:27-28 tells us that being a “sexed creation”, or not sexless, is a good thing, and by having cross-gendered relationships (whether as a friendship or as a unique, selective romantic relationship), we deeply enrich our lives with…
New Year’s Resolutions may be hard to keep, but pleasing God is one goal that we can all do. In this message of the series, we examine what it means to be a faithful steward (Matthew 23:14-30) as an obedient and loving child of God. In 1 Peter 4:10, we learn that as a steward, God has entrusted us with time, talent, treasure, spiritual gifts, and the Good News. As such, we should obediently and faithfully use these gifts for…
During Christmas, we often think of the birth of Jesus as the story of a baby in the manger. But what about the part of the story that we forget? In this message, we are reminded of the importance of Christ’s genealogy (Matthew 1:1-16). Not only does it contextualize the story of Jesus’ birth, but it also reminds us of God’s grace and inclusive love for all of us as members of His family.
The resurrection is an historical claim. There are two facts no one doubts: 1. Jesus existed; 2. The Christian faith was launched by those who were convinced that he rose from the dead. The evidence and the significance of the resurrection are discussed.
During the week before Jesus’ death, he prepares himself and others for his death, which will lead us to the new covenant. Through Jesus’ death, we are justified freely by God’s grace, through the redemption that came through Christ Jesus.
Jesus is the Son of God. What evidence do we have of this claim? How do we explain that the Bible is the inspired word of God to non-Christians?
God is king over all the world. Only a small number acknowledged him ask king, and God sent the Messiah to dramatically increase this number by paying the penalty for rebellion; defeating the devil, and wooing/transforming the rebellious.
Jesus is baptized in obedience. Following his baptism, Jesus is tempted by Satan and is victorious. Jesus wants all people, especially the sinners. Like everyone else, Jesus encountered conflict, but kept pushing.