Sermons on “Matthew”
We believe that mission is the reason for the church’s existence. Scripture describes God’s great mission to redeem and renew all of his creation, particularly humanity. God has called us to participate in that mission, in the power and under the direction of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:18–20; John 20:21; Acts 1:8).
Am I engaging in God’s mission within my sphere of influence?
All illness results from sin, but not all illness is because of sin, and certainly not all illness is sin. Part of the context for understanding divine healing is to recognize that we have an enemy who is seeking to disrupt, corrupt, and destroy God’s purposes. We can’t attribute everything to the Devil, but we can’t discount his role either. Just as we must reject sin we must reject the Devil as well. Through Jesus we have authority over the Devil and his works.View Sermon
One classic struggle for the church has been getting people to pursue discipleship. This has grown out of the way we have framed the good news: we have gotten people saved. However, properly understood, discipleship is evangelism.View Sermon
When we started out we were controlled by sin, it was our master and we loved it. But, now, we are mastered by sin no more. We do not love it, we love God and as our devoted love for God consumes us there is no more place for love of sin. This is what John Wesley called Christian Perfection.View Sermon
Stories of creation, miracles, and the resurrection are all things the modern day atheist have trouble believing. In fact, much of science and atheism tells us we must reject belief in God in order to be thinking people. This sermon contends that one does not need to cease thinking to be a Christian, rather Christianity has an orderliness and rationality to it.View Sermon
When we are told that God is both good and powerful, it can be difficult to understand how suffering is allowed to continue. Is God not good or is he not powerful? This sermon offers a third option which results in the possibility of our suffering being redeemed.View Sermon
Divorce is not God’s ideal and it’s not usually ours either — but, divorce happens. We want to up hold the kind of kingdom community Jesus envisions, while at the same time practicing the same grace he had for real people. We don’t want to add to the pain people already experience around divorce, we want to bring the healing of grace!View Sermon
As we begin a new series designed to examine what God says about Christian marriage, it is important we begin by recognizing not everyone is called to be married. Some people are called to be single and they are a gift to the church too.View Sermon
God has given every one of us abilities which he desires us to use as he provides us with opportunities. This is how his kingdom grows. The temptation however is to play it safe and turn risky discipleship into cold religion.View Sermon