Sermons on “Matthew”

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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Total Love

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.

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Science has Disproved Christianity

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.

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A Good God Allows Suffering?

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.

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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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