As we would expect again this week, Matthew continues his mission of revealing to his biological, Jewish brethren that the Jesus they'd rejected to the Cross really was & is the long-awaited Promised Messiah.
Behind just a couple of short verses this morning stands...read >>
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 >>
"You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make 'em drink."
Ever heard that one? Of course you have. By nature, we are like that, too. No matter how obvious the evidence, sometimes we just refuse to believe the truth, especially when the truth hurts. Our defense...read >>
"His ways are not our ways." The Scripture is full of stories that marvel us about God. Just about the time we think we have Him boxed in and figured out, He does the unexpected. In holiness & righteousness He governs all things as He baffles the best minds in how...read >>
Ever questioned God's call upon your life? Our doubt can be a bit embarrassing. After all, "faith" has to do with confidence in Christ and in His Word. But doubt is just the opposite. Why do we doubt? And what can be done about it?
Join us today's sermon on the...read >>
In His Sermon On The Mount, Jesus validated His Word, God's Word, teaching & explaining it to many who'd been confused by the Pharisees & Scribes.
Through His miracles of exorcism, healing, etc. Jesus validated His own authority as the long-awaited Messiah.
So far...read >>
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 >>
To be salvaged from sin we must see our Savior. May God grant the grace required to do so, that we may have Centurion-like eyes & heart, confident of Christ's identity, submitting everything to His authority & care.
Join us today in Matthew's testimony of the Good...read >>
As Jesus concludes His Sermon On The Mount, He clearly means for us to do some ever-necessary self-examination. Love came for our very best, that we might hear "Well done, good & faithful. Enter into the Joy of your Master." Therefore, Love warns us to consider our...read >>
In today's passage from Matthew's Gospel, Jesus concludes His Sermon On The Mount with one more graphic image to warn His beloved of the likelihood of their self-deception. Two very similar men construct two very similar looking houses, but when the same storms come...read >>
Throughout Jesus' Sermon on the Mount He has proven faithful to warn us of impending judgement. But are we heeding His warning? How? Are we truly examining our Christian faith by His Words?
Today wraps up three weeks of focus on some of the most frightening of...read >>
Last week we took a look at some of the things False Prophets will or won't teach, on other words, what they believe.
This week we take a look at the fruit of that teaching: what they be-live, the false-life of false teachers.
Are you a false prophet, a false...read >>
"Wolves in sheep's clothing." We hear that phrase a lot, but I wonder how many know its origin? Jesus Christ! On the heals of inviting His disciples into His Kingdom, He immediately warned them of the many there would be who would rather they do anything else than...read >>
Having explained to His disciples what holiness isn't--life according to the Pharisees, wasted in pursuit of self--and what holiness is--life according to Christ, eternal in pursuit of God--Jesus laid down three practical aspects of His walk & way: generosity,...read >>
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 >>
Were you one of those who, after listening to last week's passage, were cut to the quick by Jesus’ Words on the effects of divorce & remarriage? Adultery is a violation of God's 7th commandment. If you’ve been divorced or are considering it, our prayer is that...read >>
Ever wonder how much of your faith is really just token righteousness, just doing stuff "because that's what my parents did." "If I go to church, I go over to First-So-And-So because that's what I've always done." "You'll find us there every Easter and sometimes on...read >>
So, should we keep the law? Is that something I need to do?
These are a couple of the questions I've been so happy to hear from our South Church family these last couple of weeks. In some way, they can all be summed up in this one:
"If only God can save me, and if...read >>
So far in His sermon, Jesus had declared the character & resulting conduct of His disciples: those who follow Him. Having their character so transformed (the Beatitudes), though their conduct in the world would result in persecution, as the Light of the World...read >>
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 >>