Sermons on Matthew

Sermons on Matthew

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Daily: Witness

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.  “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same…

Truly Happy

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn,    for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek,    for they will inherit the earth.Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,    for they will be filled.Blessed are the merciful,    for they will be shown mercy.Blessed are the pure in heart,    for they will see God.Blessed are the peacemakers,    for they will be called children of God.Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,    for theirs is the kingdom of…

Bless Your Enemy

This passage follows the teaching of Jesus in the same pattern i.e. things we have heard from the law vs. his teaching, which reaches to the heart of the matter. This principle applies to 3 categories of our enemies and what it means to love them. Our goal is not to love our enemies for anything good in return. But it is with the realization that we need the same mercy from God as much as our enemies do. “You…
Ten Looks At Jesus

Ten Looks at Jesus: The Resurrection

On the resurrection day, the ladies who followed Jesus rushed to the tomb to finish the burial that was done hastily on the day of the crucifixion. They were filled with sorrow and grief. But they were surprised with joy when the angel said to them Jesus has risen. Nothing can explain how the stone rolled away, nor how he was able to pass the Roman soldiers who were guarding the tomb, except that He was risen and He was…

Praying the Lord’s Prayer

The Lord’s prayer is a lesson we can learn about Christlikeness. Prayer is one of the most important aspects of Jesus’ life and ministry. He started his ministry with prayer and he often withdrew to lonely place to pray. Several times he stayed up all night to pray.Jesus did not just talk about prayer, He lived the life of prayer. The disciples also learned from Jesus how to talk to God the Father. We can learn from Jesus as he…

Wise Worshippers

When Jesus was born, many sought him. From King Herod to the wise men, they were all religious, educated, wealthy, wise, and appeared to be seekers of the truth. But sadly, not everyone encountered the new messiah in their heart. What were the barriers? Which one do you compare yourself to? Have you met the savior and worshipped him? After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem…

What Jesus Says About Persecution

Are you surprised by persecution Christians face around the world? What does Jesus teach about persecution? What are various types of persecutions and how are we to face persecution? Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.” “ Matthew 5:10-11 (NIV)

The Cross and Compassion

Jesus was deeply moved with compassion for people, knowing that they were harassed and helpless like sheep without a shepherd. Compassion should lead us to pray for our sin-sick world, with a willingness to be the answer to that prayer. We should also follow Christ’s example by personally interacting with others and meeting them at their point of need: loving, forgiving, and caring. The cross is the ultimate expression of the compassion of Jesus.
curving road surrounded by trees in fall foliage

The Beatitudes – Portrait of a Christian

The Beatitudes are a portrait of what a Christian should look like. Each quality listed should apply to every believer, and each leads to the approval of God. Although righteousness leads to persecution it also allow us to be blessed in persecution.
hands folded in prayer

Praying for Our Children

The Lord’s Prayer gives guidance as to how we can pray for our children in our congregation. Pray to our loving Father that they will value God’s name as holy and have hearts that desire the Savior’s rule around the globe. Ask that they will live in obedience to God’s word and have sufficient energy to serve God with contentment and thankfulness. Pray that the children will seek daily forgiveness and be led away from temptation. Above all just be faithful to pray!
Palm Leaves

A Mock Coronation

Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole battalion before him. And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they spit on him and took the reed and struck him on the head. 31 And when…
Empty Tomb

Feet Worth Touching

God’s almighty power was on display in the resurrection of Jesus “… [Jesus] was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead” (Romans 1:14). Jesus openly foretold His death and resurrection (6 times in the gospel of Matthew), proving His unchanging reliability. The resurrection validates the public crucifixion that was planned by God to atone for our sin. Christ’s victory is total, and His forgiveness is available to all.
Jesus, Our Emmanuel

Jesus, Our Emmanuel

Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not…
Two Ordinances

Baptism

Why is baptism important? Baptism is a command of Jesus, an essential part of His great commission to the disciples in Matthew 28:18-10 (above). It is also a visible picture of our faith in the triune God (Matthew 28:19), of our salvation experience (Romans 6:3-4), and of our desire to live faithfully for Christ. Finally, baptism is an act of worship (Acts 8:36-39).
Cross against an emphatic sky

Why Jesus was Raised

The resurrection is evidence that God accepted the sacrifice of Jesus as explained in 1 Corinthians 15:17. If Christ did not rise, our faith is worthless and we are still in a state of unforgiveness, answerable to the holy God for our sin. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. (1 Peter 1:3)” This hope is freely available to all who believe. Let us worship the risen Jesus!

Worship at Jesus’ Feet

The second chapter of Matthew traces the steps of the magi as they bow at the feet of Jesus. The cruel tyrant, Herod, refused to bow due to hostility toward anyone who might threaten his rule. The chief priests and scribes knew the prophesies about the promised birth of the Messiah but were indifferent and did not pursue the Christ or bow before Him. The Wise Men, however, sought for Jesus, listened to what the Scriptures told about Him, and joyfully offered Him their gifts and their worship. Let us cast aside our hostility and indifference toward Christ the Savior and do the same.

Praying Against Sin and Satan

When we neglect to pray against sin and for holiness, we will give in to temptation.We must recognize that we are in danger from our strong, relentless enemy. Thankfully, God is powerful enough to help us and loving enough to deliver us from evil. Let us look to Him in prayer for triumph over sin.

Praying for God’s Will and Provision

Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven God’s sovereign will, His ultimate plan, will always prevail, but His moral will can be rejected. This petition calls us to obedience and conformity to God’s will, similar to the swift, faithful, joyful obedience of the angels. Give us this day our daily bread. This is a petition that acknowledges our dependance upon God. We are to receive our daily necessities with gratitude and use them in service to Him. In addition to daily provision, we also should seek daily pardon. Even though there is ultimately no condemnation for those who have received grace, we still sin and need to restore fellowship with God and show grace to others.

Praying about God’s Name and Kingdom

The infinitely glorious God of the universe, through grace, allows us to be His adopted children who may address Him intimately as “Father.” We hallow God’s name when we honor Him as the holy one revealed in the Scriptures. His kingdom comes not only in the future at Christ’s return, but now as God rules over creation, history, and in the hearts of those He redeems.

Blessed are Those Who are Persecuted

In Matthew 5:10-12, Jesus concludes the Beatitudes by plainly stating that those who seek righteousness will be reviled, attacked, and falsely accused. When we openly love and follow Christ, and when we affirm that Christ is the one way to the Father, the world will oppose us.
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