Sermons on “Matthew”

Rerouting

It is always tempting to follow the crowd to get to where we are going. However, Jesus reminds us that following the crowd is also a great way to not get to where we want to go. In fact, the right way may be the road less traveled.

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Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door

How do we get God to do for us what we wish? That’s often how we frame things to ourselves because we carry an assumption that God is hard, distant, or stingy. But, that’s just the same old lie that we have believed from the beginning. The truth is, God our Father desires to give us good things.

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Not Everything Goes

“Sin boldly!,” cries Martin Luther. Luther had come face to face with the gospel of God’s grace in Jesus Christ. This transformed his fear over his sin and his standing before God into confidence. What he did not mean is that we are to be sinful or lawless. Jesus says much the same—the Law has not passed away, but has been fulfilled.

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Lose Yourself

Eminem poses the question, “Look, If you had one shot or one opportunity to seize everything you ever wanted in one moment, would you capture it or just let it slip?” This is an echo of Jesus’s teaching, that we need to make the most of every opportunity because we have been called for a purpose.

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It’s A Hard Knock Life

What do we need to know to follow Jesus? Fortunately, he is upfront and he lays out what being his disciple entails. To begin with it doesn’t look like a Sunday school picnic. In fact, discipleship with Jesus is equal to being a prophet of old. It’s a rough gig, but it is ultimately worthwhile.

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We Are…Discipleship Focused

We believe that God is transforming us into the image of his Son. This means that we are intentionally submitting ourselves to be re-formed through daily practices that lead to spiritual growth. We also recognize that at the heart of our mission as a church, we are to disciple others through those same daily practices (Matthew 28:18–20; Romans 12:2).
Am I intentionally being discipled and am I engaged in discipling others?

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We Are…Missionally Minded

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?

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Sources of Illness

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.

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Evangelism and Discipleship

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.

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