#What Jesus Said
We sometimes think that we can’t be “generous” because generosity inherently means giving away lots of something and we don’t necessarily have “a lot” of anything. But generosity, as we’ve learned is a matter of the heart and is measured in sacrifice.
God provides so richly and generously not because he has so much to give (which he does!), but because he loves us so very much. Generosity finds joy in meeting a need. Our world is so full of need. Each need is an opportunity to show our gratitude by loving “the least of these” as God has so richly and graciously loved us. Scriptures: Isaiah 58:1-9a; 1 John 3:16-18; Matthew 25:35-40; Psalm 100 Sermon Text: Matthew 25:34-40
We tend to think that generosity relates only to our money and material possessions. Yet, the scriptures teach that everything we are and have comes from God. That means generosity is an attitude of the heart that touches every aspect of our lives and behavior. Luke 16:1-15
Generosity starts with trust. If we trust that we’ll always have what we need, that there’s no need for worry or anxiety, that it’s not necessary to hold so tightly to the things we have, we will experience the incredible and liberating freedom called generosity. God promises to care for all our needs. Do we believe his promise? Sermon Text: Luke 12:22-34
Our sin is disgraceful. Everything that happened to Jesus—who humbled himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross—that all should have happened to us. Yet, because of Jesus willing, humble obedience, we are honored in God’s eyes.
Jesus Experienced Sorrow Sin brings so much grief into our lives. The most powerful example is death which steals our loves ones from us. Jesus was moved to tears on more than one occasion as he witnessed and experienced the sorrow that sin brings to our lives. Scriptures: Matthew 27:32-44 Sermon Text: John 11:17-27, 38-45
Our sins lead us to seek admiration and comfort. What we deserve is God’s temporal and eternal punishment. Jesus drank the cup of suffering for us. Sermon Text: Matthew 20:17-28
A Body of Death Because of sin we carry around what Paul calls “a body of death.” Our bodies are cursed with struggles like pain, disease, and addiction. Jesus endured the pain of flogging, beating, and the cross so that we could be rescued from pain and sickness forever. Scriptures: Matthew 26:47-68 Sermon Text: John 9:1-7; 13-17,34-39
Jesus is able to share a message of grace with a woman whose life is oppressive as a result of the consequences of sin because he carried the guilt of that very sin, the guilt of all sin, to the cross. Scriptures: Matthew 26:31-46 Sermon Text: John 4:5-26
Jesus faced real temptations just as we do. Yet, as the perfect Son of God, he was always able to overcome. Having been there, Jesus not only understands what we’re going through, he also shows where we find the strength to win the battle. Matthew 4:1-11
It’s Not the Healthy that Need a Doctor, But the Sick
Jesus teaches us to approach divergent views with an attitude of humility and the desire to understand where the other person is coming from. Then we can make judgments that are based solely on the basis of the Word of God without self-righteous hypocrisy. Sermon Text: Matthew 7:1-5