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Willful Impenitence

Matthew 11.20-24
Apr 23rd 2017

"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....read >>

Bethsaida, burden, Jesus, joy, regret, remorse, repentance, Sodom, sorrow, truth, Tyre
Matthew, repentance, truth

Worthy of Me

Matthew 10.37
Feb 26th 2017

In our passage today, Jesus forces the question: "Am I worthy of Jesus?" Well, how would you answer that? Are you worthy of Jesus? What a weighty question! Is there any more important question you'll be asked today? No!

Last week we covered Matthew...read >>

affection, command, desire, emotions, family, feel, humility, joy, love, righteousness, salvation, sin, suitable, supremacy, want, worthy
love, Matthew, salvation

Life Defined By Love

Matthew 10.32-39
Feb 19th 2017

What defines you? It's really simple, and the same for all of us: the pursuit of whatever satisfies us, whatever brings us happiness and joy. So, what defines you?

In our passage today, Jesus calls His followers to their cross. A Roman cross was the most horrific...read >>

cross, death, family, hope, joy, life, relationships, sorrow, suffering
death, life, Matthew

The Blind Can See

Matthew 9.27-31
Nov 20th 2016

In Matthew 10, Jesus said, "Everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven."

Have you acknowledged Jesus before men?...read >>

authority, believe, blind, compassion, cry, faith, healing, hope, joy, mercy, Messiah, miracle, power, sight, Son of David
blindness, Matthew, miracles

Only The New Will Do

Matthew 9.14-17
Nov 6th 2016

"What sort of man is this?" That was the question that was asked of Jesus not long ago, and it's the very same question Matthew has been providing an answer for throughout his testament of God's Gospel.

On the heals of revealing to the Pharisees that God...read >>

asceticism, bridegroom, change, fasting, forgiveness, humility, John the Baptist, joy, Judaism, marriage, new, new wine, pharisees, pride, religion, righteousness, ritual, transformation, wineskins
Jesus, Matthew, righteousness

Friends, Forgiveness & Fear

Matthew 9.1-8
Oct 9th 2016

Matthew has been working through several Old Testament prophecies & promises that describe the character & attributes of the coming Messiah. Matthew recorded one experience after the next of how Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled them. He was sovereign over the...read >>

authority, healing, hope, identity, joy, love, power, sin, sovereign
identity, Matthew, sin

Treasure, Light and Love

Matthew 6.19-24
Apr 3rd 2016

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 >>

dark, eye, hate, joy, life, light, love, money, peace, serve, sight, sin, treasure in heaven
Matthew, Sermon On The Mount, Truth

Resurrection Roots - 2016

Mar 27th 2016

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, Resurrection, Risen

Divine Investment

Matthew 6.19-21
Mar 20th 2016

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earthly, eternity, future, heavenly, hope, joy, reward, treasure
hope, Matthew, 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...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

Sin-Conquering Glory Through Persecution

Matthew 5.11-12
Sep 6th 2015

Why are you a Christian? For many, the answer stops short of God's glory. One of the greatest things about the Gospel--God's becoming man to save men from & to God--is the forgiveness God graciously grants through Christ's substitutionary atonement on the Cross....read >>

blessing, disciples, follow, glad, gladness, heaven, Jesus, joy, persecution, prophets, rejoice, reward, suffering
Beatitudes, Matthew, Sermon On Mount

Mercifully Happy

Matthew 5.7
Aug 2nd 2015

Are you merciful?

Unless the Lord has graciously walked you through each of the preceding Beatitudes... unless you've seen the depravity of your spirit, your inability to measure up to God's standard or even uphold your own... unless you've mourned the reality of...read >>

faith, forgiveness, grace, happy, hope, joy, love, mercy, patience
Beatitudes, Matthew, mercy

Happy Are Those Who Mourn

Matthew 5.4
Jun 28th 2015

"Happy are those who mourn." Of course! I mean we all love being miserable, right? Isn't it great when those family picnic plans are washed away by a driving rain? Or how about when you lose that precious family heirloom? Or worse still, when you get the...read >>

blessed, blessing, comfort, happy, hope, hurt, joy, mourn, pain, sorrow
beatitudes, Matthew, Sermon On The Mount

The Big Picture And Beginning The Beatitudes

Matthew 5.3-11
Jun 14th 2015

Today we continue the beginnings of Jesus' Sermon On The Mount. This sermon contains two parts: first, a big picture overview of the whole sermon; and, secondly, a reading & introduction to Jesus' Beatitudes.

Anytime we learn something new, there's always the...read >>

beatitudes, beginning, blessed, character, happy, introduction, Jesus, joy, keys, makarios, perspective, teaching
Beatitudes, Matthew, Sermon On The Mount

Because He First Loved Us

1 John 4.7-21
Feb 8th 2015

What makes the Gospel glorious? God does. Not just who He is, but how He has manifested "who He is" among us: the death, burial & resurrection of His Son for our sin. All praise & glory is due Him!

So then, what's the connection between His...read >>

deeds, duty, freedom, good works, Holy Spirit, hope, joy, love, New Covenant, salvation, sanctification, service
glory, love, New Covenant

Patient & Persistent Joy

John 15.11, Romans 12.2, Luke 24.27,32, Acts 2.42-47, 1 John 1.3-4
Aug 24th 2014

Christ calls us to much more than Sunday mornings.

How would you define your faith? How would you define God? How does your understanding & knowledge of Him line up with Truth, what He has revealed of Himself in His Word?

The Son of God, the Word of God, the...read >>

calling, glory, joy, ministry, mission, Proclaim, purpose, Restore, South Church, Sustain, vision, worship
joy, mission, vision

We Do Not Lose Heart

2 Corinthians 4.16-18
Apr 27th 2014

How is your fight to stay faithful? Are you doing well, good and faithful? Feeling lethargic, unfocused and spiritually lazy? Perhaps you're at a breaking point, losing heart, almost ready to throw in the towel?

For thousands of years the Church has held to a...read >>

affliction, endurance, faith, glory, hope, joy, pain, perseverance, sanctification, suffering
faith, glory, hope

Resurrection Roots -- 2014

Luke 24.13-35
Apr 20th 2014

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 >>

Easter, empty tomb, hope, joy, resurrection, risen, salvation, story
Gospel, resurrection, salvation

The Lord Has Led Me: He Has Spoken

Genesis 24.29-51
Oct 13th 2013

This is part two of three in Genesis 24. We pick up where we left off last week. Abraham's faithful & name-less servant begins by testifying of God's providence. The servant has witnessed first-hand God's love & leadership of Abraham since he was called from...read >>

Bethuel, calling, elect, evangelism, faith, Isaac, joy, Laban, love, obey, prayer, providence, Rebekah, trust, witness
evangelism, Genesis 24, providence

Creation, Christmas & Calvary

Genesis 3.15
Dec 23rd 2012

Where did evil come from? Whose got the power and authority over this earth? Why not just destroy satan now, or right after the fall? Oh, and by the way: Merry Christmas! :)

Tackling big questions on Christmas? Well, maybe it wasn't the smartest of ideas, but how...read >>

authority, Christmas, demon, Gospel, humble, irresistible grace, Jesus, joy, power, Savior, sin, sorrow, sovereign
Genesis 3, Gospel, salvation

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