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sermons tagged 'holiness'

Humility: Lesson Four

Matthew 18.15-20
Jun 3rd 2018

When was the last time someone corrected you? How'd you feel about it? Were their efforts received with gratitude, thankful you'd been made to see a better way? Or did you find yourself more like "How dare he correct me!" Or "Who does she think she...read >>

convict, correct, discipleship, help, holiness, minister, rebuke, rescue, righteousness, salvage, salvation, sin, teach, the Church
holiness, Matthew, the Church

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...read >>

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

From Failure to Faith

Jun 18th 2017

What is the call God has on a father's life, and how ought he to lead his family?

Throughout the Scripture, God instructs men on how they are to lead & love their families. Are you a father? How well do you follow God's Word, how well do you lead accordingly?...read >>

discipline, family, father, Father's Day, home, leadership, love, men, pastor, priest, sacrifice, teacher
fathers, holiness, home life

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

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...read >>

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

Rude or Shrewd

Matthew 7.6
May 8th 2016

Last week Jesus took five verses to convince His disciples: "Judge not."

However this week, He seems to change course, judging some as dogs & pigs, unfit for our righteous pearls. What are we to do? How are we to understand? One thing is certain,...read >>

discernment, discretion, grow, holiness, judge, know God, mature, pigs, proclaim, righteousness, Scripture, swine, witness
discernment, Matthew, Sermon On The Mount

Why Be Good?

Matthew 5.17-20
Nov 1st 2015

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,...read >>

abide, godliness, holiness, obedience, obey, Pharisees, purity, righteousness, self-righteousness, trust, truth
holiness, Matthew, Sermon On The Mount

Fulfilling Righteousness

Matthew 5.17-19
Oct 25th 2015

If you were asked, "What's the purpose of God's grace?" what would your answer be? Do you know why God looks upon the Church with His undeserved favor? The answer from today's text might surprise you.read >>

cheap grace, grace, Great Commandment, holiness, Holy Spirit, law, love, obedience, righteousness
holiness, Matthew, Sermon On The Mount

Moses Wrote Of Me

Matthew 5.17-20
Oct 18th 2015

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 >>

fulfill, God's Word, holiness, Jesus, law, Moses, Pharisees, prophets, righteousness, scribes, Scripture, teaching, truth, validity
Genesis, Scripture, Sermon On the Mount

Happy Are The Pure In Heart

Matthew 5.8
Aug 9th 2015

Only the 'pure in heart' are happy. Ugh! What about the rest of us?

That realization of grief is exactly where the road to 'pure in heart' begins.

We begin with a bit of a summary of where the Master has taken us so far. The terrain of the first three beatitudes...read >>

happy, holiness, hope, purity, righteousness, seeing God
Beatitudes, Matthew, Sermon On Mount

The Having In Hungering

Matthew 5.6
Jul 26th 2015

There are many things in the Christian life that cannot be explained, experienced, understood or lived until a person is one.

This week we'll take another look at Jesus' fourth Beatitude from Matthew's account of the Gospel. It may sound completely contradictory,...read >>

content, desire, holiness, Holy Spirit, hope, hunger, justification, pursuit, righteousness, sanctification, satisfaction, thirst, want
Beatitude, Holy Spirit, Matthew

Happy Are Those Who Hunger for Holiness

Matthew 5.6
Jul 12th 2015

After three painful beatitudes of diagnosis, causing us to look in and behold our brokenness, now the King of kings turns our attention forward. The first steps of healing were realizing our desperate condition and need for it, but with this fourth beatitude, our...read >>

authenticity, holiness, hope, humility, hunger, integrity, life, righteousness, sin, sorrow, thirst, weak
Beatitudes, Matthew, Sermon On The Mount

An Argument For The Sermon On The Mount

Matthew 5-7
Jun 7th 2015

We'll never convince the world of their need for Jesus without knowing & living the reality of our need for Him ourselves.

There are so many, many promises in Jesus' sermon on the hillside. However, few Christians today actually experience them? Why...read >>

grace, holiness, Jesus, kingdom, law, life, mount, obedience, sanctification, sermon, teaching, truth
Matthew, sanctification, Sermon On The Mount

The Doctrine of The Holy Spirit

Acts 1.4-8, Luke 24.46-49
Feb 23rd 2014

The Holy Spirit. Perhaps one of the most divisive doctrines in the Church. Ironically, however, He was given by God to unite the Church in the Spirit and Truth of Christ.

Is the Holy Spirit the cause of people flopping in the pews, barking like dogs? Or perhaps He...read >>

Church, faith, holiness, Holy Spirit, Pentecost, prayer, revival, trust, wait
Doctrine, Holy Spirit, prayer

Baptism and the Righteousness of God

Galatians 5.1-6,13-14
Jun 24th 2012

Paul is hot under the collar, and for good reason. Thieves have snuck into his safe home and are disrupting the family of faith. How? Convincing them that their means to being justified (made Right in God's eyes) lies in their own hands, through law-keeping...read >>

baptism, forgiveness, holiness, hope, joy, justification, love, righteousness, sanctification, sin, works, yoke
Baptism, Galatians, Gospel

Healed for Him, Not for Sin

John 5.1-14
Jan 31st 2010

Once again, Jesus navigates to a place we'd normally avoid: a colonnade with a multitude of invalids.

Aren't you glad Jesus is willing to perform miracles in dark, unclean places? Interestingly, today, the recipient wasn't really looking for healing at all... i...read >>

Bethesda, heal, holiness, invalid, legalism, mat, miracle, perfectionism, righteousness, sin
Gospel of John, John 5