Sermons on Matthew
Jesus never seemed to shy away from drawing lines in the sand. Matthew mentions one of those lines when, in Matthew 20:20-28, he records Jesus telling his disciples, “whoever would be great among you must be your servant”. That teaching illustrates the important place Jesus gave to the combined ideas of selflessness and service and how they offer a surprising, counter-cultural expectation that forms the heart of being a Christian
Matthew 5:43-48–Jesus’ challenging teachings include his repeated command to love one’s enemies. This lesson concludes a series examining the place love ought to have within the lives of those who follow Jesus by considering his teachings about loving one’s enemies, its place within the Bible’s larger body of teachings, and the ways it ought to express itself within our lives
The Bible repeatedly instructs its readers to love others as they love themselves. Struggles with our sense of self-worth, however, make it difficult for us to fulfill that command. As we continue to explore the love that should characterize us as followers of Jesus, we will consider the love that we should have for ourselves and how that love motivates our proper treatment of other people
Matthew 22:34-38 –The Bible records God’s repeated command for people to love Him, a command in tension with our culture’s portrayal of love as a spontaneous, free, and emotional thing outside of one’s control. That tension raises an a question – how should we think about God’s command to love Him? We will therefore, in this lesson, consider that command and its place in the love that should define us as followers of Jesus.
Matthew 26:26-29 – Part 3 of 3 – Jesus’ institution of the Lord’s Supper offers a surprising and important retelling of Israel’s Passover and its reminder of their exodus from slavery in Egypt. This lesson will consider the Jewish setting of the Passover and how Jesus used it to establish the Lord’s Supper. This is the final part of the Lord’s Supper series. For part 1 in this series, visit https://www.151cofc.com/sermons/the-lords-supper-part-1/ .
Matthew 26:26-29 – Part 2 of 3 – Jesus’ institution of the Lord’s Supper offers a surprising and important retelling of Israel’s Passover and its reminder of their exodus from slavery in Egypt. This lesson will consider the Jewish setting of the Passover and how Jesus used it to establish the Lord’s Supper. For part 1, visit https://www.151cofc.com/sermons/the-lords-supper-part-1/. For the third and final part, visit https://www.151cofc.com/sermons/lords-supper-part-3/ .
Matthew 26:26-29 – Part 1 of 3 – Jesus’ institution of the Lord’s Supper offers a surprising and important retelling of Israel’s Passover and its reminder of their exodus from slavery in Egypt. This lesson will consider the Jewish setting of the Passover and how Jesus used it to establish the Lord’s Supper. For Part 2 in the series, visit https://www.151cofc.com/sermons/lords-supper-part-2/.
This lesson explores the surprising contagiousness of Jesus’ holiness in the account of his healing of the leper in Matthew 8 and use it to add another layer explaining our need to follow Jesus
Matt 1: 18-19: Jesus’ birth… The gospels recount great joy surrounding Jesus’ birth because Jesus fulfilled God’s plan to save His people. But the news wasn’t delivered in the way people would expect.
Matthew 1:18-25 C.S. Lewis stated: “Nothing can seem extraordinary until you have discovered what is ordinary.” He was speaking about how a firm understanding of the way this world works can help us appreciate some of the Bible’s most extraordinary miracles. A reasonable person can believe in miracles &, most importantly, trust the Savior they ultimately point toward.
Matthew 27: 45-54
Scripture: Matthew 18:15-20 Sometimes we have a passage of Scripture all wrong. In Matthew 18:15-20, Jesus taught us how to encourage repentance and seek reconciliation when a brother (or sister) has sinned against us. He was not teaching about “church discipline” or disfellowship. He calls for unexpected, and unpleasant, action when attempts to reconcile fail. On both points, traditional explanations of this passage miss the mark.
Scripture: Matthew 6:19-24 We can claim that our “heart” is in heaven, but our treasure might tell a different story. The Bible helps us identify what qualifies as real treasure. If we have fake treasure, we have reason to be concerned, and we will have eternal regrets. Real treasure is a more about faith than sight.
Jesus said, “Judge not, that you be not judged.” But other passages explicitly and implicitly call us to make judgments of people and of actions (e.g., right or wrong, sin or not sin). How are we to “judge” when it is good to judge and when it is not? Do purpose and intent make a difference? Acts 3:13 Acts 4:19 Acts 13:27 Acts 26:8 Luke 6:37 1 Corinthians 5:11-13 Galatians 6:1-5 Matthew 23:4
What Does God Want from Me? Matthew 11:25-30 What does the word “yoke” make you think of? The yoke links two animals so they pull in the same direction; together, their work becomes easier. In Matthew 11:29, Jesus invites us to “take my yoke upon you.” How are we yoked to Jesus? We are linked to Jesus as we become disciples who learn and follow Him. He pulls with us as we learn His teaching and follow His example. Discipleship answers a most significant question of ‘What does God want from me?’ Jesus places demands upon us, but His way of discipleship is always lighter in the end.
Jesus accepted association with all kinds of people, including “tax collectors and sinners.” People often use this example to argue that the church should accept everyone regardless of lifestyle without calling for any change or repentance. The whole story is that Jesus accepted contact with all, and called all to repent. Mark 2:13-17 Luke 5:27-32 John 8:1-11 Matthew 11:28 John 8:11 Matthew 9:13 Mark 1:15 Luke 14:26-27,33;13:3 Matthew 21:31 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
“Jesus was tempted in every way, just as we are,” says the Bible in Hebrews 4:15. Beginning in the wilderness, but throughout his ministry, Satan tried to lure Jesus away from trusting God’s power, presence and plan. He offered shortcuts to world fame. He played on doubt and on vanity. He used enemies and friends. Indeed, Jesus was tempted as we are. And just as with Jesus, every temptation is an opportunity either to do wrong or to do right.
To be good news, the gospel must offer forgiveness, peace, and godly lives, without producing complacency.