Video Sermons

The Book of Zephaniah - It Tolls for Thee; Judah faces the same judgment as all the immoral and idolatrous nations that surround them. God sends Zephaniah, a member of the royal family, to proclaim the reckoning to come. But God will not leave these peoples only to destruction; He will lead them into His salvation; bringing all nations into His grace and the sovereign rule of His might. Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess.


The Book of Nahum - For Whom the Bell Tolls; Our God is not a pushover who will allow evil men to prosper without raising his hand in judgment. Our God is righteous, holy, and perfect. Every evil will be judged, every sin will be punished, every wrong will be set to right. Nahum is a minor prophet who gives us a glimpse both of the Vengeance and Compassion of God.  In the destruction of Nineveh we will see  the grace of the Lord.

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Matthew 17.24-27 - Taxman; What is Jesus’ reaction when faced with a situation of submitting to a rule that he neither agrees with nor is required to fulfill? In God’s perfect timing he has given us an opportunity to look at the way we are to react to rules that we feel shouldn’t apply to us. We also get a glimpse of Jesus’ perspective on offending others and being offended.

 


Matthew 17.14-23 - Ain't No Mountain High Enough; A failed exorcism brings frustration and faith to light. The disciples, who stayed behind while Peter, James, and John joined Jesus on the mountain, have been unsuccessful in healing a boy by the authority granted to them. This is not a failure of God, but a lack of faith. When we utilize the name of God without faith we fail and bring dishonor to His name. I believe! Help my unbelief!


Matthew 17.1-13 - Glory Days; In a moment everything can change. Jesus welcomes three of His disciples into this unprecedented event: the transfiguration is a metamorphosis, a complete change in Christ’s appearance as He is revealed in His glory and accompanied by Moses and Elijah; with the voice of God driving the disciples to their knees. A moment of staggering impact and immense importance.

 


Matthew 16.24-28 - Body and Soul; In the wake of both Peter’s confession and Peter’s rebuke, Jesus tells us what exactly is required to become a disciple of His: that we deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow after Him. We will unravel each of these commands while also understanding the basics of commerce and their relationship to our souls.

 


Matthew 16.21-28 - Profits of Doom; Peter finds himself going from being called a “rock” to being in league with “Satan” himself. What has inspired such a drastic reaction from Jesus, whom Peter just declared to be the Messiah, the Son of God? It was actually Peter’s own reaction to the news Jesus would have to suffer and die. Out of passion Peter rebukes Christ; out of obedience and determination Jesus rebukes Peter and submits Himself to God’s greater plan.


Matthew 16.13-20; Rock of Ages; Two powerful declarations are made in these passages that impact the future of the church. Peter declares Jesus to be “the Messiah, the Son of God.” Jesus declares “upon this rock I will build my church.” These statements are full of deep meaning and power. This week will we examine them and discern what they not only mean in their time but in our time as well. 


Matthew 16.1-12; Baker Street; Jesus finds himself challenged for another sign by the   Pharisees and Sadducees; an attempt either to trick Him    into another argument or to exercise authority over Him.     Christ not only refuses but instead talks about the weather.   After departing, Jesus warns His disciples about a specific     strain of yeast that they should avoid. Attempting to    process all this information leads the disciples to wonder:     How can they know a reliable source of information? 


Matthew 15.29-39; The Hand That Feeds; As Jesus continues to expand the scope of ministry in the minds of his disciples, he now begins to work on their hearts. What seems to be a weaker miracle: feeding only 4,000 instead of 5,000 and winding up with 7 baskets instead of 12, is actually an exercise in compassion and an outreach to a group of people often maligned. There are many needs but there is only one answer: Jesus Christ, our Lord.


Matthew 15.21-28; Atomic Dog; Finding themselves in Gentile territory Jesus and his band of disciples seek to take a quiet outing but find themselves pestered by a Canaanite woman who seeks an exorcism for her daughter. What’s surprising about this event is not the disciples reaction, one of prejudice and annoyance, but the offensive words of Christ. Is this a test of faith? Or is Christ, in his dynamic teaching, trying to prepare his disciples for their own ministry to the gentiles? 


Matthew 15.10-20; Ashes in Your Mouth; As Christ continues to admonish the Pharisees for their hypocrisy, he turns to matters of the heart. The heart is the seat of emotions and desires. It is the true self hidden away in the central part of the body. The heart reveals the condition of a person and that condition is broken, twisted, and against God. Our hearts need more than mending, they need to be made new. Not by the will of man but by the power of God can this be achieved.


Matthew 15.1-9; Danger Zone; The dangers of Christianity do not only pose themselves from without the church such as persecutions, hardships, or difficulties. Dangers also exist from within, from ourselves, our sin, and our demands. Christ points out some of these pitfalls in these verses as he confronts the hypocrisy of the pharisees. The same ones that we are as susceptible to in our day and age as they were. 


Matthew 14.22-36; Waiting in the Water; Doubt is not the opposite of faith, but the absence of faith. Fear is the opposite, the poison, the faith-killer. Fear limits us, controls us, drive us away from trust in the Lord and into rash decisions that are almost     always the wrong ones. The disciples find themselves in a dangerous  situation where everything in their being is crying out in fear; until the Christ shows up and tells them: Take heart; Do not be afraid. This Sunday we will examine the heart of Peter to discover not only how to “take heart” but how to grow in faith and courage in the midst of hardships. 


Matthew 14.13-21; Bread for the Body;The Feeding of the 5,000 is the only miraculous event of Jesus that is recorded in all four of the But what is it’s     purpose in the ministry of Jesus as recorded in Matthew? We will find out together this week. Also a reminder that this Sunday is a Communion Sunday. So please have bread/crackers and juice/water prepared that we may join together in remembrance of the death and resurrection of  our Lord.


Matthew 14.1-12; A Death in The Family; John the Baptist has been jailed and is eventually killed by the foolish promise of Herod to his step-daughter/niece.  After hearing this news Jesus seeks to isolate himself to spend time with God in prayer but is immediately bombarded by the demands of his ministry. How the Son of God reacts to pain, as a “Man-of-Sorrow” may help us to understand how we can live in the midst of our grief. 


Matthew 13.53-58; Take Me Home Tonight; We return again to the Gospel of Matthew as Jesus heads home to Nazareth only to find a lack of faith among his own people. This week we will discover what it means that Christ declared himself “anointed” and why a common reading from Isaiah would lead to the attempted murder of Jesus by His own townspeople. You can prepare your hearts for worship by reading ahead and reading the same event in Mark 6.1-6 and Luke 4.16-30. 

 

 

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