How do we trust God? The scriptures remind us continually that "the righteous will live by faith." Just read Romans and notice Paul's focus on faith in Jesus Christ, for our salvation. In addition, the Reformers and Puritans championed "Sola Fide": redemption by...read >>
"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 >>
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 is?"
What about...read >>
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 >>
"His ways are not our ways." The Scripture is full of stories that marvel us about God. Just about the time we think we have Him boxed in and figured out, He does the unexpected. In holiness & righteousness He governs all things as He baffles the best minds in how...read >>
Are you faithful witness of Christ's love & life? Have you run into difficulty with others when trying to share the love & truth of Christ with friends, family? It seems more often than not they always have a reason not to see or trust your witness. Maybe they...read >>
Ever questioned God's call upon your life? Our doubt can be a bit embarrassing. After all, "faith" has to do with confidence in Christ and in His Word. But doubt is just the opposite. Why do we doubt? And what can be done about it?
Join us today's sermon on the...read >>
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 10.33-39. But...read >>
"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 "desires...read >>
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, figuring out who...read >>
Are you a "do-gooder"? Well, though culture likes to poke fun at those who are, the Scripture commands that we be, that we follow in the footsteps of our Leader who did and is doing the most good!
But, as we all know, there is a way of doing "good" that isn't good...read >>
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, and if...read >>
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 >>
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 >>
When we looked at Matthew5.9 (Blessed are the peacemakers), it was suggested that Jesus wasn't talking about those the world would call nice, easy going, soft, tolerant... "Just let it be, man." But how can be sure that's not what God had in mind in Matthew 5.9?...read >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Notice how little we hear about hell these days? There are actually church billboards that read "no sin or condemnation spoken here". Yikes! Is it any wonder why we don't value our Savior much? It's hard to cherish someone we think saves us from so little.
What is your hope to stand before the all-knowing, all-righteous, all-powerful God? That's heavy!
Abram stands before Him in today's passage... but rather than running from God because of his doubts & concerns, Abe runs to God, confessing them and requesting help....read >>
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 >>