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Sermons on Matthew

Sermons on Matthew

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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
worry, feelings, forgiveness, rest, prayer, sinners

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
faithful, self-control

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