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A New Distinction

Matthew 15.10-20
Jan 14th 2018

The King & His Kingdom had arrived. And with that, things were changing. Light was swallowing up all the shadows of the past. What was once thought to set God's people apart—the law—now meets its Maker. And as He spoke and declared the meaning of His Words, some...read >>

defile, dietary laws, eat, food laws, heart, holiness, mouth, New Covenant, Peter, Pharisees, righteous, Spirit
holiness, law, Matthew

Hypocrisy

Matthew 15.1-9
Jan 7th 2018

In today's passage the attacks on Jesus, His men and His ministry are taken to a new level. But Jesus doesn't mince words in His response to His accusers. He exposes their hypocrisy with simplicity and potency.

What has the Lord's opponents up in arms? Have one of...read >>

accusations, authenticity, commandments, faithfulness, grace, honesty, honoring parents, hypocrisy, integrity, judgement, korban, simplicity
grace, hypocrisy, Matthew

Fuel, Flame and Fire in 2018

Jeremiah 20.9
Dec 31st 2017

A lot has changed in 2017 for the South Church family, the most obvious of which is the addition of the latest tool the Lord has provided: Suite 100. Rather than access to a worship space at the bowling alley for a few hours on Sunday, we now have 24/7 access to a...read >>

daily lives, discipleship, fellowship, learn, living on mission, preach, proclaim, restore, sustain, teach
discipleship, living on mission

Recognizing the Messiah

Matthew 14.34-36
Dec 24th 2017

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Christ, compassion, fringe, heal, hope, sick, summary, touch
healing, hope, Matthew

Lord of the Wind & Waves

Matthew 14.22-33
Dec 17th 2017

Shortly after an amazing Feeding of Five Thousand, in today's passage Jesus has to make His men get in a boat and get out of town while He deals with the dismissal of the crowd. To the disciples, things were going swimmingly! Why would Jesus want to leave His voters...read >>

anxiety, boat, calm, control, fear, ghost, Jesus, Moses, peace, seas, sovereignty, storms, waves, wind
fear, Matthew, sovereignty

Bread of God

Matthew 14.13-21
Dec 10th 2017

In our passage today we have one of Jesus' most popular miracles: The Feeding of Five Thousand. This is one of the few miracles that gets traction in all four Gospel accounts: Matthew, Mark, Luke & John. Most people even today like the Jesus they see in today's...read >>

5000, feeding of five thousand, fellowship, Jesus, ministry, miracle, social gospel
Jesus, Matthew, miracles

Bondage

Matthew 14.1-12
Dec 3rd 2017

* CORRECTION: around 8:50, "his boss' WIFE" should have been "his boss' DAUGHTER"

How free are you? The Word says we're only as free as the sin we're free from. Are you free from the bondage of sin, the lure of pride, the suck of self, the lust of...read >>

adultery, fear, fear of man, John the Baptist, marriage, pride, sex, sin, sorrow, suffering
Matthew, sin, suffering

Soli Deo Gloria

Romans 11.33-36
Nov 26th 2017

Why are you here? Why do you exist? What were you made for? Do you know?

These are "core questions". Questions that get at the heart of life, our understanding of everything else. The Dark Ages lasted for about a thousand years, from the 5th to the 15th century....read >>

glory, honor, praise, Soli Deo Gloria, worship
Five Sola, glory, Reformation

Solus Christus

John 14.6
Nov 19th 2017

Upon the backdrop of the dark ages the Light of the Truth of Christ broke through brilliantly & brightly. While religious leaders of the Roman Catholic Church sought to control ignorant masses of lost souls, the Reformers were reading the Word of God, seeing therein...read >>

Christ, hope, Jesus, Mary, pope, Savior, Son of God, Son of Man, treasury of merit
Five Solas, Jesus Christ, justification

Sola Fide

Romans 3.28
Nov 12th 2017

Where is your confidence before our holy God? Perhaps you've been baptized? Maybe you were raised in the Church and have been a member for years, have gone on mission trips, have evangelized many friends, are even consider by many as a godly saint... or at least...read >>

confidence, faith alone, good works, justification, law, merit, obedience, righteousness, sacraments, salvation, sanctification, trust
faith, Five Solas, justification

Sola Scriptura

2 Timothy 3.16-17
Nov 5th 2017

"Gosh, I wish God would just speak to me, that He'd give me some direction here."

Today we consider the second of the five solas, the heart cries of the reformation: Scripture alone, or sola Scriptura.

Do you know God's Word? Do you know God? Can you know God...read >>

Bible, English, German, Luther, Protestant, Reformation, Roman Catholicism, Scripture, translation, Tyndale, Word
Bible, Reformation, Sola Scriptura

Sola Gratia

Ephesians 2.7
Oct 29th 2017

Today we begin a five week study of the heart cry of the reformation. The fathers of the protestant reformation did not set out to define the 'five solas'. These pillars of our faith were more like embers taken from the ashes that were there all along; they set fire...read >>

catholicism, grace, hope, justification, Luther, Reformation, salvation, works
grace, Reformation, salvation