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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

Do You Hear What They Are Saying?

Matthew 21.12-17
Oct 21st 2018

What would you expect a "house of prayer" to be like? Quiet? Calm? Perhaps some soft choruses in the background? Some Scripture being read? Prayers being prayed of course, right?

Well, that's not even close to what Jesus found in His "house of...read >>

babies, chief priests, children, Hosanna, house of prayer, infants, Jerusalem, Jesus, praise, prayer, scribes, Son of David, temple, toddlers, triumphal entry
humility, Matthew, salvation

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

Passion and Privilege

Matthew 20.17-23
Sep 23rd 2018

It's all connected... like one long tapestry. From his first verse through to today's passage, Matthew and the Holy Spirit continue their mission of revealing Jesus of Nazareth as the long-awaited Messiah.

On the heals of explaining how 'the last become first, and...read >>

authority, cross, cup, death, Gospel, James, John, life, mother, passion, persecution, power, preeminence, prestige, privilege, salvation, suffering, Zebedee
Matthew, salvation, suffering

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

Wealthy & Woeful

Matthew 19.16-22
Sep 2nd 2018

"Let the children come to Me." Those were the words of Jesus from our passage last week. "For the Kingdom belongs to such as these." Christ's Kingdom is fit only for those with child-like faith, humility & dependence upon Jesus, the Rock of...read >>

greed, justification, money, possessions, pride, prosperity, rich, riches, sadness, salvation, sorrow, wealth
discipleship, Matthew, wealth

Humility: Lesson Four - Part 2

Matthew 18.15-20
Jun 10th 2018

Today we continue our mini-series on the fourth lesson in humility wherein our Good Shepherd instructs us on how--practically speaking--He leaves the 99 to seek the one wandering lost sheep in His fold.

Have you ever been in sin and sought by the Savior?

Have you...read >>

church discipline, church health, discipline, humility, reconciliation, repentance, restoration, salvation, sin, sorrow
church discipline, Matthew, repentance

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

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

He Left Them

Matthew 16.1-4
Feb 11th 2018

Finally, the Messiah returns to His own, back to Jewish territory. But He wouldn't be there long before the religious were back in His face again.

What sad state. The long awaited Messiah had come for His own, and, yet, they rejected Him, in preference for their...read >>

blindness, damnation, hardness of heart, Messiah, rejection, salvation, signs, wonders
Matthew, signs, wonders

Crowd Compassion

Matthew 15.32-39
Feb 4th 2018

Compassion. What's in a word? So much in a word like that, especially in the Word of God, the Word made flesh.

God sent His only begotten Son to become one of us. He knows our limitations. He knows our weaknesses, our frailties, how fragile we are. And rather than...read >>

compassion, feeding of four thousand, heart, hope, mercy, salvation, social gospel
compassion, Matthew, providence

Wonder & Worship

Matthew 15.29-31
Jan 28th 2018

Are you someone with a disability? Do you know someone with a disability? How about someone with a deadly disease? Do you know anyone who needs healing, who needs hope? Who doesn't?!

For some, even the topic makes them nervous, finds them fleeing the scene in fear,...read >>

disability, Healer, healing, hope, Jesus, mercy, Messiah, miracle, salvation, wonder, worship
healing, hope, Matthew

Sola Fide

Romans 3.28
Nov 12th 2017

Where is your confidence before our holy God? Perhaps you've been baptized? Maybe you were raised in the Church and have been a member for years, have gone on mission trips, have evangelized many friends, are even consider by many as a godly saint... or at least...read >>

confidence, faith alone, good works, justification, law, merit, obedience, righteousness, sacraments, salvation, sanctification, trust
faith, Five Solas, justification

Sola Gratia

Ephesians 2.7
Oct 29th 2017

Today we begin a five week study of the heart cry of the reformation. The fathers of the protestant reformation did not set out to define the 'five solas'. These pillars of our faith were more like embers taken from the ashes that were there all along; they set fire...read >>

catholicism, grace, hope, justification, Luther, Reformation, salvation, works
grace, Reformation, salvation

The Great Exchange

Matthew 13.44-46
Sep 17th 2017

"The Kingdom of Heaven is like..." How would you complete that sentence?

In today's passage, Jesus completes it for us: twice! The two parables have similarities, but also some key differences. Understanding those difference can help us understand His...read >>

evangelism, Gospel, grace, Kingdom of Heaven, Pearl of Great Price, redeem, rescue, salvation, save, surrender, treasure
Kingdom, Matthew, salvation

Repo'd

Matthew 12.43-50
Jul 9th 2017

Ever feel like you're on a religious roller coaster? Sometimes up, sometimes down. If so, could it be that you're on the wrong ride?

In today's passage, the Lord Jesus depicts a frightful state: demonic repossession worse than before. Perhaps you or someone you...read >>

demon, faith, family, fruit, grace, hope, mercy, possession, redemption, safe, secure
demons, Matthew, salvation

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

Merry Christmas, 2016!

Dec 25th 2016

Today we'll employ a mixture of song, Scripture, prayer & testimony in worship as we celebrate our Savior's birth.read >>

birth, Christmas, God, Gospel, hero, hope, human, promise, prophecy, salvation, Savior
Christmas, holiday, salvation

The Light Has Dawned

Matthew 4.12-17
May 17th 2015

Isn't it nice to be in control of God? You know, only letting Him into the areas of our lives that we're inclined to share with Him. "I mean, come on... Surely we've got to keep some things to ourselves, right? How else can I maintain my identity? I've got to...read >>

Galilee, Great Commission, Kingdom, least of these, light, ministry, missional, missionary, racism, royal priesthood, Savior, sin, world
Matthew, mission, salvation