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sermons tagged 'Matthew'

The Final Four Woes

Matthew 23.23-36
Jan 20th 2019

Today we survey the final four of Jesus' seven woes, aimed directly at the undershepherds of Israel: the failed scribes & Pharisees.

The fourth woe is the center piece of them all. In it Jesus reveals where the false teachers got off course: their understanding of...read >>

camel, deception, externals, false teachers, gnat, judgement, lies, Pharisees, pretending, Restore, scribes, Scripture, woes, wrong
authenticity, false teachers, Matthew

The First Three Woes

Matthew 23.13-22
Jan 13th 2019

Having warned the crowds and His disciples in our last passage, today the Messiah turns His attention toward the scribes & Pharisees; not with warning, but with woe, seven times over. We'll take a look at the first three of those woes today.

If you're able, please...read >>

condemnation, divide, hypocrisy, judgement, Pharisees, right, scribes, Scripture, sons of hell, true, woe, Word
condemnation, judgement, Matthew

Love Warns

Matthew 23.1-12
Jan 6th 2019

When the Messiah comes, He will judge the world. So then, let judgement begin!

With His sights set on the scribes & Pharisees who've sat themselves in Moses’ seat, judgement, indeed, begins with The House of The Lord. "You guys sure you want to sit there?"

This...read >>

fake, false teachers, fraud, judgement, Moses, Pharisees, scribes, warn, woes
false teachers, judgement, Matthew

What Do You Think About The Christ?

Matthew 22.41-46
Dec 30th 2018

"What do you think about the Christ?" That's the question the Messiah asks His accusers in our passage today. Perhaps there is no more important question today, no more important question for you? What do you think about the Christ?

The religious leaders thought...read >>

Bible, Christ, God's Word, identity, Messiah, Pharisees, Scripture, truth
Matthew, Messiah, Scripture

The Gospel of the Great Commandment

Matthew 22.34-40
Dec 16th 2018

"Love God, love others." Pretty simple, right? So, how well have you been living & loving accordingly? Perfectly? Most of the time? Some of the time? Any of the time?

As it turns out, simple doesn't always mean "easy". And such is especially the case here, with our...read >>

failure, Gospel, Great Commandment, hope, law, love, neighbor, righteousness, sin
Gospel, Great Commandment, Matthew

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

Taking Away His Kingdom

Matthew 21.33-46
Nov 11th 2018

In our passage today Jesus provides His most potent parable yet, aimed directly at the religious leaders in and around the Temple. He leaves no doubt as to who He was referring to: the Jewish chief priests and elders responsible for leading the people of God. But...read >>

authority, cross, Father, fruit, garden, Gentiles, hypocrisy, Jerusalem, Jesus, Jews, kingdom, leaders, persecution, religious, servants, Son, temple, vineyard, winepress
Judaism, Kingdom, Matthew

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 that we're...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

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 prayer" when He came...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

Who Is This?

Matthew 21.1-11
Oct 14th 2018

With His face set like flint for Jerusalem, the days of concealing His identity are behind Jesus. Large crowds had gathered about Him and His disciples. The time for His Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem had come. Arrangements for this day had been made before the...read >>

Bethphage, colt, donkey, Hosanna, humble, humility, Jerusalem, Messiah, Passion, Son of David, Triumphal Entry
Matthew, Messiah, Passion

Son of David, Son of Mercy

Matthew 20.29-34
Oct 7th 2018

Do you like being interrupted? Not many do.

En route to Jerusalem for the Passover, crowds did all they could to suppress the annoying interruption of a couple of blind beggars, crying out for Jesus' attention. They wanted to see! But the crowds just wanted them to...read >>

blind, compassion, follow, healling, Jesus, mercy, Messiah, miracle, sight, Son of David
compassion, healing, 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

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 point clear....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 the wealthy...read >>

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

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 our salvation.

But,...read >>

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

Let The Children Come to Me

Matthew 19.13-15
Aug 26th 2018

Having just declared God's sacred intent for marital permanence, the subject now shifts naturally on to the product of such sacred unions: children. "Jesus," indeed, "loves the little children." "Let the children come to Me."

Ever seen a politician pose for a pic...read >>

care, children, dependence, faith, humility, infant, Jesus, love, toddler, trust
discipleship, faith, Matthew

Living on Mission

Matthew 28.19-20
Aug 19th 2018

The first word of Jesus' Great Commission is "go". Go where? To all nations, of course. Isn't that what the rest of the passage says: "Go make disciples of all nations..."

When many Christians read those words they tend to think that such a command and commission...read >>

earth, evangelism, Gospel, Great Commission, heaven, kingdom, living on mission, lost, ministry, mission, missional living, missionary
evangelism, Matthew, mission

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: "If such...read >>

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