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sermons tagged 'discipleship'

No Cross, No Crown

Matthew 16.24-28
Mar 25th 2018

Two weeks ago, Peter made the Great Confession on behalf of the disciples. Of Jesus, he said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus' response? "Blessed are you Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh & blood did not reveal this to you, but my Father in...read >>

cross, death to self, deny yourself, die daily, discipleship, follow Me, followship, self denial, self preservation
discipleship, Matthew, sanctification

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

Let Both Grow Together

Matthew 13.24-30
Aug 20th 2017

When you turn on the world news and see so much evil, darkness & sin seemingly running rampant, it's no wonder many wonder, "If there truly was an all-powerful, good God, would there really be so much evil in the world?" Christian, do you have an answer to their...read >>

already, discipleship, evangelism, gospel, Kingdom, not yet, soil, tares, weed, wheat
Kingdom, Matthew, parables

Celebration of Hope In Jesus

Acts 8.26-39
May 28th 2017

In preparation for today's baptismal service, we turn to the narrative of the Ethiopian eunuch and his meeting with Philip, a faithful follower & proclaimer of Christ. Together they studied the Words of the Prophet Isaiah, written over 700 years before Jesus birth....read >>

baptism, Ethiopian, eunuch, evangelism, exposition, Holy Spirit, Isaiah, Philip, Scripture, Truth, Word
Acts, baptism, discipleship

Family Benefits

Matthew 10.34-42
Mar 19th 2017

Are you a minister? What's your ministry? How big is it? Are you making a significant impact for God's glory upon the earth? Does your ministry matter much?

You might be surprised by some people's answers to these sorts of question. Heck, others might be surprised...read >>

disciples, discipleship, evangelism, faith, little ones, love, ministry, prophet, service
children, Matthew, ministry

12 Sent, All Commanded

Matthew 10.5a
Jan 1st 2017

Do you trust Jesus? Would others be able to attest as much, based on the way you live, talk & walk?

God-glorifying obedience is what our Master is after. But that won't happen if we doubt that our Father truly knows best.

Many commentators find the next section of...read >>

commission, deceit, disciple, doubt, follow, journey, lie, missionary, truth, Word
discipleship, follow, Matthew

Compassion & Prayer

Matthew 9.35-38
Dec 11th 2016

It's a family affair. Our Father in heaven means to make followers of Jesus Christ: sinners, saved by grace, lives that are being transformed into the glorious likeness of His Son, the sinless Savior.

Are you all in? Are you all in His family? What role do you...read >>

discipleship, evangelism, followship, Gospel, harvest, healing, holiness, hope, Kingdom, labor, prayer, preaching, sheep, shepherd, teaching, witness
evangelism, hope, Matthew

Reclines With Sinners

Matthew 9.10-13
Oct 23rd 2016

In our last passage, the sinner/tax-collector named Matthew met the Son of Man named Jesus. Rather than reject him as so many rabbis had done before, Jesus called Matthew to follow Him: to become one of His apostles. Such grace... such Good News. Matthew couldn't...read >>

compassion, discipleship, doctors, forgiveness, friend, heal, mercy, sacrifice, sick, sin, transformation
disciple, forgiveness, Matthew

The Power of God's Glory & Grace

Matthew 9.9
Oct 16th 2016

Are you stricken with sin? When you look upon your life, your past, your present... do you feel stuck in your situation?

Well, friend, there is hope... real hope. Though you & others may have labeled you irreparable, Jesus has not. He has the authority & power to...read >>

death, discipleship, forgiveness, hope, life, love, repentance, sin, tax, transformation
Jesus, Matthew, power

Expectations & Excuses

Matthew 8.18-22
Sep 18th 2016

Do you want to follow Jesus? On what terms? What are you after? What would it take to get you to make up your mind today, to follow Him forever? What are your reason for putting Him off?

Today in the Gospel according to Matthew, we meet two men, a couple of...read >>

birds, broken relationships, bury, commitment, dead, discipleship, excuse, family, follow, followship, foxes, home, house, nest
commitment, discipleship, Matthew

Crowds or Christ

Matthew 7.13-14
May 29th 2016

Ever seen the bumper sticker: "Christians aren't perfect. We're just forgiven."

Just forgiven? Really? Is that all Christ came to earth to do?

The Old Testament provided a way for man to be forgiven. But through Christ--God's once-for-all sacrificial Lamb--our...read >>

broad, Christian life, difficult, hard, holiness, holy, narrow way, sacrifice, sorrow, suffering, worldliness
discipleship, Matthew, Sermon On The Mount

To See Or Be Seen

Matthew 6.1-4
Jan 31st 2016

Are you a "do-gooder"? Well, though culture likes to poke fun at those who are, the Scripture commands that we be, that we follow in the footsteps of our Leader who did and is doing the most good!

But, as we all know, there is a way of doing "good" that isn't good...read >>

attention, give, humility, hypocrite, love, pride, reward, righteousness, see, self, sin
discipleship, Matthew, The Sermon On The Mount

You Shall Be Sons of God

Matthew 5
Jan 24th 2016

In today's sermon we will review the first section of Jesus' Sermon On The Mount.

We begin with a question: "Where does Life in God's Kingdom begin?" If we aren't aligned with King Jesus at the start, by the time He is through with His first section, we should be....read >>

adultery, anger, beatitudes, disciple, discipleship, divorce, follow, freedom, happy, joy, kingdom, life, light, lust, marriage, obedience, salt, sin, sorrow, truth
Matthew, Matthew 5, Sermon On The Mount

That All May Glorify God

Matthew 5.14-16
Oct 11th 2015

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city, discipleship, evangelism, glory, hill, hope, light, pride, proclaim
light of the world, Matthew, Sermon On The Mount

Extraordinary Ordinaries

Matthew 5.14
Oct 4th 2015

Who is the Light of the world? Well, if you're a Christian you know the answer: Jesus! "I Am the Light of the world." -Jn 8.12

Few if any Christians would argue that. And aren't we thankful for it! Well Christian, did you realize that in our passage today, Jesus,...read >>

Christian, darkness, death, extraordinary, hope, life, light, ordinary, salt, sin, witness, world
discipleship, Matthew, Sermon On The Mount

Preservation, Impartation & Purification

Matthew 5.13
Sep 27th 2015

Are you a believer? Then why are you here? Why doesn't God just zap us up to heaven the moment we believe?

There is one thing we get to do here on earth that we won't do in heaven: proclaim the Gospel to the lost! This is the earthly activity of the salty saints...read >>

culture, discipleship, elect, evangelism, Gospel, light, preach, proclaim, salt, salt of the earth, tell
Great Commission, Matthew, Sermon On The Mount

He Disciplines The One He Loves

Hebrews 12.5-17
Sep 20th 2015

None of us are what we should be.

Neither are we now what we will be!

The process isn't completed until we see Him, BUT it doesn't wait to begin then. It begins now! And don't you want it to? Aren't you sick of the sin & destruction & death?

I'm afraid many look...read >>

church, church discipline, direction, discipleship, faithfulness, fellowship, love, membership, purity, sin, truth
church discipline, discipleship, love

What Does It Matter To Me?

Philippians 2.6-8
Sep 13th 2015

Last Sunday afternoon, after we looked at Jesus proclamation in Matthew 5.11-12 about the blessing of being persecuted for His sake, a brother testified about the persecution being endured by Christians in the middle east. Indeed, it is atrocious.

Currently there...read >>

compassion, crisis, discipleship, evangelism, Great Commission, hope, ministry, missions, prayer, refugee, Syria
persecution, prayer, suffering

As They Gather Daily

Exodus 16.13-21, Hebrews 3.12-15
Jul 19th 2015

Today we take a break from the Beatitudes in Matthew's account of the Gospel to focus our attention on God's means of our Happiness in Jesus' Blessings.

Have you ever noticed how regularly we need to be reminded of what we already believe? Well, the material in...read >>

daily, discipleship, edification, fellowship, honesty, hope, restore, Scripture, sustain, truth, Word
faith, Restore, Sustain

The Fisher of Men's Heart

Matthew 4.18-22
May 24th 2015

"I once was lost // but now am found // was blind, but now I see."

The world is starving. Christ is bread for Life. Is He yours? He came down, entered our world, showed us His Father, took on our sin, laid down His life, and rose again to give us life, to the glory...read >>

discipleship, evangelism, faith, fisher of men, follow, Gospel, hope, lost, love, nets, proclaim, trust, witness
evangelism, love, Matthew

God's Means of Grace

2 Peter 1.3
Feb 15th 2015

So now what? That's pretty much what the crowds asked Peter after his sermon on Pentecost. Convicted by the Gospel--remember, that means they were convicted by Good News--crowds came under conviction of sin and couldn't help but ask, "What should we do?" "Repent,...read >>

church, discipleship, faith, fellowship, followship, grace, growth, hope, love, power, prayer, sanctification, Word
church, grace, sanctification