In Matthew 14, we see several characters that can be categorized by the following traits: Integrity, Friendship, People-Pleasing, Selfishness, Used & Abused. John showed great integrity, but he was ultimately killed because of it. John's disciples showed great friendship by honoring him by retrieving his beheaded body for a proper burial. Herodias portrayed Selfishness to the point of putting her daughter in a position to be Used and Abused. Herod's decisions was dictated by the people. But...
Everyone has most likely experienced some form of rejection in their lives. We've all responded to rejection in different ways and sometimes to the point where we do things that goes against our values.
Jesus experienced great rejection. It didn't matter how many signs and miracles he performed, ultimately the people crucified him.
Jesus understands our rejection, He's walked in our shoes. This means we can find great comfort in Him knowing that he will never forsake us and that we are...
Jesus frequently taught using parables about the secrets and the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. At the end of Matthew 13, He asks his disciples "Have you understood all these things?" This understanding equips the disciples with what is new and what is old, enabling them to share their greatest treasure with the world - that is Jesus.
Parable of the Sower
Jesus gives his audience this parable of the sower and explains the meaning behind sowing the seeds into the 4 different soils. This is significant because without understanding the meaning of this parable, you can't understand the rest of the parables.
As Christians, we are a part of the body of the Church. Ephesians 6 provides a great explanation that our battle is against the spiritual forces of evil, not against flesh and blood. Here's the big idea - because the Church is an army at war against Satan, the Church must be marked by truth. Our belief in the truth and our obedience to the truth will equip us to combat the lies of the enemy.
In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul describes the Church as one body with many members. Each part of the body has a specific role and is critical to ensure the full function of the body. Likewise, each member of the Church have a specific role to maintain a healthy and fruitful Church.
We are taking a break from our Matthew study and starting a new summer series on The Church. The Church is the people of God, saved by the grace of God, living by the authority of God, by the power of God, for the purpose to display the glory of God. In this sermon, we go over 16 common misconceptions about the church.
If we traced our ancestry back to the beginning, we'll find that we are all decendants of Adam. As Christians, we become born again into God's family. This week, we explore Matthew 12:46-50 and the importance of being in God's family.
The scribes and Pharisees saw Jesus perform miracles time and time again, yet they still demanded Jesus to show them another sign. The scribes and Pharisees saw and did not believe. Jesus, who is greater than both Jonah and Solomon is here. How will you respond?