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Sermons on Matthew

Sermons on Matthew

forgiveness, baptized, heaven, suffering, sin, divorce, politics, sexuality

Why do we need to keep asking God for forgiveness?

Jesus lived a perfect life and died as our substitute to pay the price of sin. Then, he defeated death when he was resurrected. Because of all this, God doesn’t see our sins any longer. So why should we keep asking for forgiveness if we know we’re already forgiven? What’s the point of feeling guilty for our sins? To help us understand why we continually go to God with our sins and ask for his forgiveness, we’ll study Jesus’ parable…

New Relationship (Good Friday)

God commanded separation between Himself and the Israelites. In both the tabernacle and the temple in the Old Testament, the people were separated from the Holy of Holies (where God dwelt) by a curtain. Because of their sin, the people could not approach God. Because of Jesus, all of that has changed. When Jesus died on the cross that first Good Friday, the temple curtain was torn in two. The dividing wall of sin came down, and we now have…

Unexpectedly Wonderful

George Bailey has had enough. He’s always working, always sacrificing, and it seems to get him nowhere. When he faces losing the family business that he never wanted to run in the first place, he contemplates ending it all. However, he gets the opportunity to see what the world would be like without him and recognizes how wonderful his life really is. Things don’t always turn out the way we’ve planned. This gets frustrating to us because we think we…

Jesus’ Generosity is Good for All People

Some people have become wary of the Christian Church because they feel that they just ask for money. At times, we all get frustrated that we don’t have as much as someone else. But we find in God’s Word that Jesus is unendingly generous. All that we have – wealth, abilities, status – is from God. And the most important gift he gives to us is grace. Because of Jesus’ generosity, Christians can be inspired to serve others and give…

Jesus is Good for Scientific Progress

Some have left the Christian Church because they heard that Christianity hinders scientific progress. But Scripture shows that Jesus loved the natural world and taught us to investigate it so that we might know the Creator even better. When we look at Jesus’ words, we will actually be encouraged to study science, discovering out the world works. And we will find that Christianity is good for scientific progress. Scriptures: Matthew 6:25-34

Eternal Judgment from Jesus is Good

Some have left the Christian church because the Bible speaks about eternal judgment in Hell for some. But when we look at the teachings of Jesus, we can see that eternal judgment was not originally intended for humans, but for the devil and his angels. And yet, Jesus wisely judges those who continue to harm those around them and refuse his love and forgiveness. When we study Jesus’ words on eternal judgment, we find that this message is good for…

Jesus is Good for Children, the Poor, and the Oppressed

Some people have left the Christian Church because they have witnessed abuse and neglect of the most vulnerable among Christians. Many of these people have been victims of the Church and have come to associate Christianity with pain. Yet, Jesus spoke strongly against any form of abuse or maltreatment to anyone who is vulnerable, especially children.  When we faithfully follow Jesus’ words, the Christian church becomes a group that supports children, the poor, and the oppressed. Scriptures: Matthew 20:20-28
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God & Country

When God created all things, he created two kingdoms: one here on Earth, and one in Heaven. As Christians, we have confidence that we will one day join God in the Heavenly Kingdom for eternity. However, we sometimes get confused about what we’re to do here in the earthly kingdom. In a society that isn’t always aligned with our Christian values, we might forget our earthly kingdom is only temporary. Ultimately, God is in charge of all things, including our…
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Jesus the King (Palm Sunday)

On the day we now know as Palm Sunday, the people of Jerusalem celebrated Jesus as their king. They waved palm branches in the air, laid down their cloaks for him, and shouted “Hosanna!” But he didn’t ride in on a white horse. He wasn’t followed by an army, and he wasn’t adorned with gold and jewels. He is a gentle and humble King, who is exactly who we need. Sermon Text: Matthew 21:1-11
worry, feelings, forgiveness, rest, prayer, sinners

Love Over Hate

Disagreement and hate are everywhere. There isn’t anything wrong with disagreements… until we cancel someone because they don’t share our views. Then, the situation becomes hateful. The hate in the world gives Christians a chance to let our light shine by loving the unlovable – like God loves us. God’s love for you renews you so you can be catalyst for renewal for others by sharing God’s love and your love with them. Sermon Text: Matthew 5:43-48
worry, feelings, forgiveness, rest, prayer, sinners

Rest Over Exhaustion

We often avoid rest, choosing exhaustion instead. We spend so much time trying to be perfect at whatever we do. We don’t want to let people down. We want to feel loved and needed. And so, we go above and beyond to prove ourselves to others and to God. The result is we are exhausted. We are tired. We are worn out. We need rest so that we can see and do the important things instead of the urgent things.…
worry, feelings, forgiveness, rest, prayer, sinners

Forgiveness Over Revenge

Forgiveness is easier said than done. We want to use forgiveness as a weapon. The problem is that withholding forgiveness doesn’t hurt the other person so much as it cuts into our souls. It makes us feel superior and in control, but the lack of forgiveness actually crushes us. Forgiving someone doesn’t mean we’ll feel instant joy or relief. But it does mean we’re taking the right steps to walk toward healing and renewal. Sermon Text: Matthew 18:21-35