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Sermons on Matthew

Sermons on Matthew

worry, feelings, forgiveness

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
worry, feelings, forgiveness

Worship Over Worry

We constantly find disappointment in the things of this world, and so we worry. We worry that things are not going to go the way we want We worry that we want be able to handle it. We worry that we don’t add up. When we worship instead of worry, we take our eyes and minds of ourselves and look to God, who is our creator, redeemer, and provider. He renews us through the good news of Jesus in Word…
light, assurance, preparing, mess

Christmas… And Then This Mess?

We celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus at Christmas. But then… the mess is still there. In the Bible, we hear of the terrible tragedy of the deaths of the children of Bethlehem at Herod’s hand. And we see mess around us. But still, Jesus is near. Jesus is our example, so we can confront our sinful nature and recognize our need for him as our Savior. Sermon Text: Matthew 2:1-18
enemy, need, judge, forgive

When It’s Difficult to be Patient…Judge With Wisdom and Grace

Opinions are polarizing. We get entrenched in our own viewpoints about life. We judge others who don’t have the same viewpoints, lacking the patience to understand them. Meanwhile, we don’t recognize or choose to ignore the flaws in our own reasoning and lifestyles. Jesus, the only person who had the authority to judge, chose to listen and understand. And, rather than judging, Jesus chose to demonstrate patience with those who had gone astray. Would our lives be different if we…
enemy, need, judge, forgive

When There’s Need…Give

We don’t have to look far to see needs in our community. No matter where you live, you can find people struggling, whom God calls us to serve. Even in our own homes, we may have children who need to hear about God’s love. Jesus met the physical needs of the poor and needy by feeding and healing them. Most importantly, he met the spiritual needs of all of us by reconciling us to God. How would the world be…
enemy, need, judge, forgive

When the enemy is near…show love

It’s easy to love people who love us; anyone can do that. But when people judge us, persecute us, or drive us crazy, love becomes more difficult. Jesus, however, showed us how we can love our enemy. He loved even those who caused him to suffer. Despite our sin, he loved us enough to die for us on the cross and take away our sins forever. How would our lives be different if we loved our enemies as we love…
integrity, serve

When There’s Work To Be Done…Serve

We expect to be recognized for our work. Whether it’s being paid, receiving recognition, or earning an honored position, we want people to know about the work we did. This is not why Jesus came to work. The God of the Universe humbled himself enough to come as a human to Earth. Although he deserves a crown of glory, he received a crown of thorns. Jesus demonstrated how we should serve others selflessly, not expecting anything in return. What would…

Promises: Present Authority

We want to share God with others and live according to His Word. But it’s a struggle. We’re scared, and we feel alone. God, who has the authority, promises to be there for you as you carry out the work of making disciples. You can be confident as you do His good works that he listens to you, cares for you, and is always there for you. Scriptures: Deuteronomy 31:6 Sermon Text: Matthew 28:19
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Patience and Forgiveness, Not Judgment

We quickly judge the world around us and the people in it. Rather than taking people’s words and actions in the kindest possible way, we quickly assess their sin and dismiss them. We lack patience to see people and situations for what they truly are: opportunities to show and share the love of Jesus. God demonstrates the most extreme patience with us, forgiving our sins over and over. Scriptures: 1 Timothy 1:15-17 Sermon Text: Matthew 18:21-35
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What If…We Didn’t Worry About Fair

Everyone wants justice and fairness. Christian life isn’t meant to be easy or fair. Look at Jesus: he was perfect, yet he was arrested, beaten, and crucified. By redirecting our focus from fairness to forgiveness, we can learn to thank God that he isn’t fair, because we definitely don’t deserve the grace he has unfairly given to us through Jesus. Matthew 26:47-56
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Generosity in Invitations

The purpose of an invitation is to provide someone with an opportunity to build community and get to know about you. Church may be a foreign place, full of new people and focused on a God whom they may not know. However, with thoughtfulness, persistence, and the work of the Holy Spirit, we can help our guests feel comfortable at church and start on their path to victory. Matthew 9:9-12