faith comes by hearingand children are welcome
— Romans 10.17 —
In John's Gospel, we met Jesus the Son of God. In Luke's Gospel, we meet Jesus the Son of Man. In Mark's Gospel, we meet Jesus the suffering Servant. And with Matthew we embark on our Gospel-journey to meet Jesus: the Sovereign King.
Matthew begins by leading us down royal lines of our King's lineage.
From His birth He began threatening other earthly kings.
Futile efforts to find & kill Him were thwarted by wise men & magi. Upon finding their infant King, they fell and worshipped with royal gifts from the east.
In time, John the Baptist would join the herald of heavenly hosts, proclaiming the King & His Kingdom at hand!
Satan affirmed Jesus' reign by his efforts to tempt Him to a Kingdom exchange.
The sermons of the Sovereign One would also convince on-listeners of His heavenly descent: "He speaks as one with authority, not like our scribes & Pharisees."
During His crucifixion trial He made His own declaration: "My Kingdom is not of this world." Heaven's King came to reign upon the earth. The Cross would be the means by which He would conquer, a stumbling block for the proud, but grace to the humble.
Shaking off death like dust, Jesus proved His dominion over hell when He arose from the grave.
And ultimately, Matthew's final words record his Messiah's pronouncement: "All authority in heaven & earth has been given to Me."
Despite great lengths that Matthew went to in order to convince us of Christ the King, he faithfully & painfully focuses also upon the Messiah's rejection by His own people. Like no other Gospel, Matthew depicts the hostility of the religious leaders who refused their King. Of Himself He said, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”
But Matthew also includes chapter 24 wherein we learn of the Son of Man's second coming at an unexpected hour, full of glory, judgement & power. Will the bride be ready?
No other Gospel provides more instruction, direction and power for faithful followers commissioned to represent Christ the King throughout the earth.
"Remember!" It is amazing how many times this word appears in the Old Testament alone. So often we forget where God is calling and how He means for us to get there.
This is an ongoing series, added to from time to time as the Lord speaks through His Word to keep us focused and on task in Proclaiming Jesus to Restore His Family & Sustain His Church.
A collection of sermons on various topics or special holiday services by a variety of South Church pastors, elders and friends.
There's a popular greeting in the south that goes something like this: "Whatcha know good?" And it's usually followed by the standard reply, "Not much. How 'bout you?"
Well, how about you? Do you know any good news? How about the Gospel? How ready are you to share the Good News the next time you hear that question?
I wonder what kind of responses we'd get if we took a "Gospel Survey" on any given Sunday at the bowling alley? No telling what might find its way into an explanation of the core of our hope. The Gospel is really a simple message. But it's also one of those inexhaustible truths. The further into it you look, the deeper it gets.
Why don't you join us for five-lessons in God's Word and discover the biblical doctrines--the truths of Scripture--that make the Gospel such good news.
Who are you? How do you know? Can we really know ourselves, our lives, our friends, our community, our world... anything without knowing the Maker of all things? Where do you begin and end? Can you know without knowing God who is the beginning and the end, the Alpha and Omega?
South Church, can we be a rescue mission, a family desperately depending on almighty God, well-equipped to point others to their hope of life, without knowing Him who is eternal life?
"This is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent." -Jn 17.3
We exist to glorify God by enjoying Him forever! But we cannot enjoy who we do not know.
By His grace, as the light of Genesis is exposed before our eyes and ears, may we learn more of who He is, how He is, and, therefore, who and how we are to glorify and enjoy Him forever.
What are doctrines?
Doctrine means "teaching" or "instruction". Essentially, they are the core of what we believe, the building blocks of our faith and the source of every one of our actions.
How important it is to ensure that what we believe is founded on the solid rock of God's Word.
What do you believe & why?
The prohpet Jonah had good reason to run the other way, but in the end, is there really any other way but God's?
Jonah is most characterized by a giant whale wherein he spent 3 days. However, the main point of this prophet's account isn't to tell of his adventures with a burping mamal, but to proclaim his God who will go to extravagant lengths to display that He is "a gracious God, merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love".
Got enemies? What if God asked you to rescue them from His righteous wrath & eternal damnation? Oh wait... He has!
Perhaps there's a cruisliner heading for Tarshish? Might wanna take a jacket.
South Church is a Christ-centered church family that seeks to strengthen and build up families in Him. Therefore, PROCEED WITH CAUTION!
It is so very easy to turn Jesus into a rabbit's foot, a means to our own end. As great as "family" is, it had better never take center stage from the King.
God help us never become a family+Jesus fellowship. It is always & only, all about Jesus!
Join us as we begin a 3-week series on "the Family of Jesus".
It has been said that the Gospel of John is one of the simplest, yet most profound books ever written: shallow enough to bathe a baby, deep enough for an elephant to swim.
Why did John write this Gospel, his rendition of the Good News? He tells us in 20.31 that it is so that we might believe and have life in Jesus' name.
Need life? Who doesn't?! Join us for this sermon series in the Gospel of John.