Sermon on Matthew 1:12-25, for Christmas Eve, about the fundamental question "Who is Jesus?" and the answers that we find both in His genealogy and in the gift of the two names: Jesus and Immanuel, that are give to us this Christmas. Merry Christmas everyone!
Sermon on Matthew 4:1-11, for the 1st Sunday in Lent (1 Yr lectionary), about the temptation of Jesus in the desert. Who is the devil, and what is his "m.o."? What is Jesus' "m.o."? Why should we be aware of the schemes of the devil?
Sermon on Matthew 1:18-25, for Christmas Day, about how Matthew's account of Jesus' birth focuses on how God directed Joseph's decisions and actions to "follow God's lead." Who else benefitted from listening to God's direction in the Christmas story, and how where they and also us blessed by it? How does our "reason and senses" often misread or misunderstand a situation, or make us doubt that God is really in control, and knows best? How can we benefit by taking all things to God in prayer, and following God's lead?
Sermon on Matthew 25:1-13, for the Last Sunday of the Church Year, the Parable of the Virgins. What does this tell us about the waiting for Christ's return, and how people respond differently to it? Why are some wise, and others foolish? What is the same and what's different about them both? What does the oil represent? How are we filled with oil to be ready? Why do we normally encourage preparation, but often forget about it in spiritual things?
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Sermon on Matthew 18:21-35, for the 22nd Sunday after Trinity (1 YR lectionary), about Peter's question to Jesus about forgiveness, and the parable of the unforgiving servant. What are the dimensions of forgiveness? Does forgiveness mean ignoring injustice? How can the Christian have a two fold response to injustice and evil committed against them? Our prayers are with the victims of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs. How is Christ the model for forgiveness? What must we do if unforgiveness has a root in our hearts? What is Jesus' response to evil?
Sermon on Matthew 5:5, "Blessed are the Meek, for they shall inherit the earth", for All Saints' Day. What does it mean to be meek? Is meekness weakness, or something else? How was Christ meek, and how are we to be meek? What are the promises to the meek, and where are they rooted in the Old Testament? What is indicated about the future "new heavens and new earth?"
Sermon on Matthew 9:1-8, on the forgiveness and healing of the paralytic. What surprises are contained in this encounter with Jesus? What is forgiveness, and what does it mean that our sins are forgiven before God? How has God given such authority to men? How does Jesus read our hearts and minds? What does He see, and how does He address it?
Sermon on Matthew 22:34-46, for the 18th Sunday after Trinity, about Jesus' teaching of the Law and the Gospel in a nutshell--what is the greatest commandment? And who is the Christ? Why is love central to the Law? What does Jesus mean that the Law and the Prophets depend (lit. "hang") on these two commands? What did the Pharisees refuse to see? What does Psalm 110:1 mean?
Sermon on Matthew 6:24-34, from the Sermon on the Mount, for the 15th Sunday after Trinity (1 YR lectionary), about who is our master--God, or money. What demands does money make, if it is our master? What does it give us? What does it take from us? How does worry factor in? How is Jesus a better master in every way? What does He give us in return? Where is God's kingdom and righteousness to be found?
Sermon on Matthew 7:15-23, for the 8th Sunday after Trinity, about false prophets and their deceptions. How does this piece of the Sermon on the Mount fit into the bigger picture, as the "exit" of the sermon? What are the dangers and pitfalls that surround discipleship? How does a false prophet reveal himself? How do disciples learn to know the true Christ, so as not to be taken in by frauds and imposters? Who will enter the kingdom of heaven, and how?
Sermon on Matthew 15:21-28 for the 2nd Sunday in Lent, about the Canaanite Woman who showed unforgettable faith as she pursued Jesus for the healing of her daughter. Why did Jesus seem cold to her at first? What triple lesson is there for her, the disciples and us? How does this parable influence how we deal with "outsiders" and our prejudices? What made her faith remarkable, and what was Jesus' final response to her?
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Sermon on Matthew 20:1-16, the parable of the laborers in the Vineyard, for the Sunday of Septuagesima ("Seventy" in latin--signifying approximately 70 days till Easter in the 1 Year Lectionary). The sermon is about the generosity of the master as a picture of God, and what are the reasons for our jealousy and complaining? What would produce contentment and thanksgiving instead? How generous is God?
Sermon on Matthew 8:23-27, for the 4th Sunday after Epiphany (1 year lectionary), about Jesus' calming the storm on the Sea of Galilee. What do we learn from the disciples' fear and cry for help, and Jesus' response? Does God promise us resccue from every dangerous or evil event? What does the lesson teach us about where to find our security? What are the promises that define that security in Jesus?
Sermon on Matthew 11:2-10, for the 3rd Sunday in Advent (1 Year Lectionary), about Jesus and John the Baptist, and how Jesus encouraged John at a particularly low point of his life, and reassured him about the coming of Jesus' kingdom. How do people take offense at Jesus, and what is the blessed of not being offended by Him? What is the shape of Jesus' kingdom? How do we receive His kingdom rightly? Is there a connection to Matthew 5, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for their's in the kingdom of heaven"?