Sermons on “Matthew”

Dealing with Divorce Gracefully

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!

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One Size Doesn’t Fit All

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.

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Make Use of Your God Given Talents

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.

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It Happens So Quick, You’ve Got to Be Ready

We feel that tug that whispers, turn to Jesus, and we say, yes, but not yet. We wait. We wait because we just aren’t sure. Maybe not sure about Jesus, maybe not sure about what we would need to give up. At some level we think it will all turn out right, after all I’m young and have lots of time. But maybe, time is running out.

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Give It Away, Not Hold On To It

The temptation is always to solidify. To protect. To establish. But it’s not ours, it never was. We must let go of what we have to be the people of God and to allow that letting go redefine us.

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How Far Should We Go With This?

Jesus has called us to be generous with each other, positively confronting each other’s sins so no one gets lost. It was also a call for us to exercise forgiveness with each other and leads to a natural question of how far do we go with this forgiveness? The answer is rooted in the unreasonable grace of God.

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No One Gets Left Behind

In our kingdom it’s better to have more than less, but in the Kingdom of God one can have a greater importance than the many. In the Upside Down Kingdom one is the most important.

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Prayer Flow

The way we pray reflects our theology; it shows most clearly what we think and believe about God. When we pray is God our genie in the bottle obligated to fulfill our wishes, or does our prayer life reflect the relationship found between the father and the son? No wonder the disciples said to Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray!”

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