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sermons tagged 'hope'

The God of The Living

Matthew 22.23-33
Dec 9th 2018

Ever had one of those days when it seems like everyone was just out to get you?

In our passage last week, the Pharisees sent their disciples-in-disguise to try tripping Jesus up in His Words. In today's section, we pick up the narrative after only a few hours, and,...read >>

death, eternal life, faith, heaven, hope, resurrection, Sadducees, salvation
eternal life, heaven, Matthew

The Wedding Feast

Matthew 22.1-14
Nov 25th 2018

Are you going to heaven? That is THE most important question, isn't it?

The crowds that surrounded Jesus were most likely convinced of their eternal destiny in heaven just as most people today are. But were they right? Are we? On what basis?

Jesus continues...read >>

belong, feast, garment, heaven, hell, hope, invitation, King, Kingdom, prepare, responsibility, salvation, sanctification, sovereignty, wedding, welcome
Kingdom, Matthew, salvation

Pretense or Repentance

Matthew 21.23-32
Nov 4th 2018

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. -Proverbs 1.7

We're living in a time and age when wisdom is mocked at laughed at, when it's cool to be casual and clueless. Against such a dark backdrop shines the brightness...read >>

authentic, authority, crowds, faithful, fake, fear of man, hope, identity, integrity, obedience, prostitutes, real, sons, tax collectors, true
Jesus, Matthew, salvation

False Advertising

Matthew 21.18-22
Oct 28th 2018

False advertising. Don't you just love it? Ugh! No, of course not. Proverbs 13.12 says that "a hope deferred makes the heart sick." Few things frustrate more than getting our hopes up only to be lied to and let down.

But what about our lives? What is it...read >>

advertising, authentic, Church, discipleship, faith, fake, false, fig, fruit, fruit of the Spirit, genuine, hope, Israel, Judaism, leaves, Temple, true, wither
faithfulness, fruit, Matthew

Ransom For Many

Matthew 20.24-28
Sep 30th 2018

The way of the world versus the Way of the Word.

In last week's passage, the mother of James and John requested that her boys sit at King Jesus' right and left in His Kingdom. In our passage today, the Lord handles the indignant response of the other 10 jealous...read >>

arrogance, community, cross, death, hope, humility, love, ministry, preference, pride, resurrection, salvation, selfishness, servant, service, sin, slave
Matthew, salvation, service

The Last First, The First Last

Matthew 20.1-16
Sep 16th 2018

Just what did Jesus mean last week at the close of Matthew 19: "The last shall be first, and the first last"? Well, that's where we pick things up this week. How is it that the last are first, and the first last?

Our Lord employs a parable to make His...read >>

eleventh hour, first, gifts, grace, help, hope, kindness, kingdom, labor, last, mercy, ministry, parable, patience, undeserving, wages, work
grace, Matthew, salvation

With Difficulty, With Man, With God

Matthew 19.23-30
Sep 9th 2018

It's only natural think that those who seem to have it made, those who seem to have everything they want & need... It's only natural to think they are the ones who are most "blessed" by God. But the Supernatural Son of Man says just the opposite. It's...read >>

danger, discipleship, eternal life, followship, hell, hope, joy, kingdom, rich, riches, security, sin, warning, wealth
eternal life, Matthew, wealth

Eunuchs for the Kingdom

Matthew 19.10-12
Aug 12th 2018

As we worked through last week's passage, discovering God's deign & intent for permanence in our marriages, all kinds of questions arose in the minds of many. Even as Jesus' disciples heard the truth, they too came away with a weighty question & conclusion:...read >>

divorce, eunuch, forgiveness, Gospel, grace, hope, Jesus, marriage, mercy, single, single parenting
marriage, Matthew, single

Because Of Your Hardness of Heart

Matthew 19.7-12
Aug 5th 2018

Last time we were together in Matthew chapter 19, Jesus revealed for us through His Word what He designed marriage for: to proclaim God's faithful, to image-forth His gracious, never-changing, unbreakable, covenant love for His people.

But if that's the case, if...read >>

divorce, Ezekiel 36, hope, Jeremiah 31, marriage, new covenant, permanence, remarriage
divorce, marriage, Matthew

No Longer Two, But One

Matthew 19.3-6
Jul 22nd 2018

No matter how common divorce may become, the fact remains: it hurts... a lot. When two people enter a marriage, promising & trusting themselves to one another until death do they part, only then to suffer the heartache of unfaithfulness, it's absolutely...read >>

divorce, evangelism, Genesis, Gospel, hope, marriage, peace, Pharisees, plan, purpose, reconciliation, remarriage
divorce, marriage, Matthew

Galilee Behind, Jerusalem Ahead

Matthew 19.1-2
Jul 15th 2018

This is a Sunday sermon of transition and thanksgiving.

Our Lord's Word & work has come to a close among the Gentiles in Galilee. The time to move toward Jerusalem, toward His impending death, resurrection and ascension has come. We will spend our time together...read >>

celebration, change, faithfulness, Galilee, graduation, healing, hope, Jerusalem, joy, miracles, transition
change, Matthew, ministry

Humility: Lesson Five

Matthew 18.21-35
Jul 8th 2018

Has anyone ever wronged you, felt bad about it after a while, sought your forgiveness, reconciled the friendship, only to turn right around and wrong you again? Well, you're not alone. Truth be told, how else should we really expect things to operate in this very...read >>

endurance, forgive, forgiveness, grace, hope, hurt, mercy, patience, reconciliation, relationships, seventy times seven, suffering
fellowship, forgiveness, Matthew

James 5.13-18

James 5.13-18
Jun 17th 2018

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character, death, health, hope, life, perseverance, sovereignty, struggle, suffering
Hope, Sovereignty, Suffering

Humility: Lesson Three

Matthew 18.10-14
May 27th 2018

In this third lesson on humility, Jesus instructs His little ones about His little ones: prefer one another rather than self-seek. By the parable of the lost sheep, He goes on to show the humility of His Father: His character of long suffering and patience toward...read >>

Good Shepherd, humility, kindness, lost, mercy, ninety-nine, patience, salvation, sheep, suffering
hope, Matthew, salvation

The Fish With A Shekel

Matthew 17.24-27
May 6th 2018

Peter had just come down the Mount of Transfiguration where Jesus’ whole body shown like the sun, where Moses the Law and Elijah the Prophet met with Him face to face, where the heavenly Father Himself declared ‘This is My Beloved Son, with whom I am well...read >>

Christ, faith, fish, hope, humility, Jesus, leadership, Messiah, provider, provision, shekel, tax
Matthew, miracles, taxes

The Father’s Plan In Full

Matthew 17.22-23
Apr 29th 2018

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cross, crucifixion, death, despair, disciples, faith, faithfulness, hope, Jesus, resurrection, sovereignty
hope, Matthew, redemption

A Little Faithful Prayer

Matthew 17.14-20
Apr 22nd 2018

Back in Matthew chapter ten, Jesus had given His disciples authority to heal the sick, to exorcise demons. In our passage today we meet a desperate man whose son is stricken with epilepsy caused by demon possession. He had sought out the disciples for help, but they...read >>

adolescence, deliverance, demonic oppression, demonic possession, demons, desperation, disciples, exorcism, failure, healing, help, hope, miracle, perversion, twisted, youth
demons, Matthew, miracles

Elijah Has Already Come

Matthew 17.9-13
Apr 15th 2018

Ever heard such good news that you just couldn't keep it to yourself?

In our passage last week, three of Jesus' closest disciples had an experience: they beheld the transfigured Christ in His pre-incarnate glory. Amazing!

But then came Jesus' next words:...read >>

Elijah, eschatology, future glory, hope, John the Baptist, justice, peace, prophecy, restoration
Elijah, John the Baptist, Matthew

Mountain Marvel

Matthew 17.1-8
Apr 8th 2018

On the heels of informing His men of His coming crucifixion and their need to follow Him there, the Messiah takes up the mission of encouraging His men. They've no reason to fear or doubt, and God the Father will cameo the scene to assure them.

You can't blame the...read >>

courage, death, Elijah, eternal life, glory, hope, Law, Moses, Prophets, transfiguration, Word
eternal life, glory, Matthew

Resurrection Roots - 2018

Apr 1st 2018

The story of the Resurrection may have culminated on the third day after Jesus' crucifixion, but it certainly didn't originate there. His death for our sin wasn't just a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The glorious Trinity planned the...read >>

Christianity, Easter, faithfulness, hope, Jesus, joy, love, resurrection, sovereignty
Easter, Gospel, Resurrection

From Son to Satan

Matthew 16.21-23
Mar 18th 2018

On the heels of Peter's great confession, comes evidence of great confusion still. He may have been persuaded of Jesus' identity as the Messiah, but he still had a long way to go in his understanding of God's plans to redeem the world from sin through the suffering...read >>

admonish, cross, crucifixion, faith, hope, instruction, Jesus, love, love, Peter, rebuke, Satan, teaching, transformation, truth
Jesus, Matthew, Peter