Nov 13, 2022
Sermon On The Mount Part 7: The Gift of Giving (Matthew 6:1-4,19-24)
We must give with the right motives and with the right perspective.  It's a matter of the heart.  Is your heart that people would praise you for your generosity or is it to truly help those in need and glorify Christ?  The rewards of God are so much greater than the rewards of man.  Store up treasures in Heaven where they can not fade or fail for all of eternity.  
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  • Nov 13, 2022Sermon On The Mount Part 7: The Gift of Giving (Matthew 6:1-4,19-24)
    Nov 13, 2022
    Sermon On The Mount Part 7: The Gift of Giving (Matthew 6:1-4,19-24)
    We must give with the right motives and with the right perspective.  It's a matter of the heart.  Is your heart that people would praise you for your generosity or is it to truly help those in need and glorify Christ?  The rewards of God are so much greater than the rewards of man.  Store up treasures in Heaven where they can not fade or fail for all of eternity.  
  • Nov 6, 2022Sermon On The Mount Part 6: The Sanctity of Marriage (Matthew 5:27-37)
    Nov 6, 2022
    Sermon On The Mount Part 6: The Sanctity of Marriage (Matthew 5:27-37)
    If we don't hold to the sanctity of marriage, if we don't hold fast to our oaths and vows before God, if we allow ourselves to wander into lust, then the path towards sin and divorce is easy and accessible. The main point this morning is simple; the two greatest threats to your marriage is lust and lying.  
  • Oct 30, 2022Sermon On The Mount Part 5: Forgive Your Enemies (Matthew 5:38-48, 6:14-15)
    Oct 30, 2022
    Sermon On The Mount Part 5: Forgive Your Enemies (Matthew 5:38-48, 6:14-15)
    The hardest thing you will ever have to do for Christ may just be the most influential thing you could ever do for Christ; love and forgive your enemies.  Nothing shows the world that we are different like loving and forgiving our enemies.  Jesus knew this and that is why he focuses on it so prominently in the Sermon on the Mount.  Who is your enemy?  How are you blessing them, praying for them, and forgiving them?  The world seeks vengeance and retaliation but as believes we must do something totally unexpected; we must turn the other cheek and show them the love of Christ. 
  • Oct 16, 2022Sermon On The Mount Part 3: To Fulfill The Law (Matthew 5:17-20)
    Oct 16, 2022
    Sermon On The Mount Part 3: To Fulfill The Law (Matthew 5:17-20)

    Jesus has fulfilled the law and still wants us to live according to it.  He fulfilled it by coming as the Messiah and proving such by fulfilling over 456 unique prophecies and doing small miracles such as... raising from the dead.  He fulfilled it by keeping the law perfectly; meaning he never sinned and his enemies admitted as much.  He fulfilled it by paying our sin debt by dying in our place on the cross.  He has fulfilled the law completely!   But that doesn't mean that we no longer have any use of the law.  Just because we aren't beholden to the law for salvation doesn't mean that we shouldn't want to live according to it in order to worship our Lord. If Jesus has saved you, why would you not want to love him the way he wants to be loved? He clearly wants to be loved by us through an adherence to His word. The Law shows us our sin and need to be saved. Jesus fulfills the Law by forgiving us and being our savior

  • Oct 9, 2022Sermon On The Mount Part 2: Salt & Light (Matthew 5:13-16)
    Oct 9, 2022
    Sermon On The Mount Part 2: Salt & Light (Matthew 5:13-16)
    After showing us what attitude Christians must adopt, Jesus then shows us the application we must act upon.  When our hearts are aligned with the Beatitudes then our lives will be Salt & Light in a dry and dark world.  That is why we've been called to be salt that preserves the morality of the world and light which shows the Gospel to the world.   We have an influence one way or another.  Will you use your influence to draw people to Christ's glory or not?  
  • Sep 18, 2022Outcasts Part 7: The Faith of the Pharisees (Matthew 23:1-36)
    Sep 18, 2022
    Outcasts Part 7: The Faith of the Pharisees (Matthew 23:1-36)
    Series: Outcasts
    Unlike John the Baptist, Peter, Mary Magdalene, or Zacchaeus, the Pharisees were accepted by society but outcasts of the kingdom.  They stood on the fringes of salvation choosing to live in hypocrisy and legalism rather than placing their trust in the Christ.  As the enemies of the Gospel, it was much less likely to see a Pharisee become a follower of Jesus than the most evil and vile of sinners.  And, yet still, some became disciples.  No matter how bad you may have been or how warped your worldview has seemed, all may come to Christ if they are willing to change. 
  • Sep 11, 2022Outcasts Part 6: The Faith of Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10)
    Sep 11, 2022
    Outcasts Part 6: The Faith of Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10)
    Series: Outcasts
    The story of Zacchaeus shows us how a true faith is revealed through transformation and repentance.  It also shows us how Jesus exemplifies to us a true missionary by specifically going to Zacchaeus and saving him.  We should all have a specific mission to reach one person who Christ has put in our area of influence.  We are all missionaries who either stay locally to reach those here while also supporting others who go to the foreign mission field, or we can go to where people have never heard of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  
  • Sep 4, 2022Outcasts Part 5: The Favored Sisters of Jesus (Luke 8:1-3)
    Sep 4, 2022
    Outcasts Part 5: The Favored Sisters of Jesus (Luke 8:1-3)
    Series: Outcasts

    In Jesus' day there was a huge portion of the population that was effectively set aside as second class; women. I know in our day and time that seems silly. Women can work any job a man can, women can make the same money men make, women have all the same freedoms that men have. We've come along way from the days of women suffrage. But in the first century women were a little more than slaves. They were outcasts.

    But not by Jesus. Jesus loved them, cared for them, interceded for them, made them part of his disciples, and promoted them in the public square. For Jesus, there were no second class citizens. There were simply those who would follow him and those who would not. And many women followed Jesus.

  • Aug 28, 2022Outcasts Part 4: Peter (Matthew 16:18-23)
    Aug 28, 2022
    Outcasts Part 4: Peter (Matthew 16:18-23)
    Series: Outcasts

    But, even after agreeing to follow Christ as a disciple we still find him making a mess of things every time we turn around. He keep sticking his foot in his mouth, losing his temper, flying off the handle, or rushing into things without thinking them through. In his weakest moments he even allowed his old sinful self to open the door for Satan's influence to rebuke Christ and eventually deny him. Peter did nothing... listen, NOTHING, to deserve the love, care, mercy, forgiveness, compassion, and discipleship of Christ. And yet, Jesus, in the flesh, not only made him a disciple but allowed him to take the unofficial leadership spot of the 12 disciples. The application is simple. Let Jesus pick you back up. You've messed up just like Peter. You've been a very strong cup of coffee to say the least. You've said the wrong thing. You've done the wrong thing. You've denied Christ. You've failed to proclaim Christ. You've cut off an ear. You've sunk beneath the waves. You've gone back to fishing. All of that. Who cares! Stop thinking that you aren't worthy. Of course you aren't. You never were. But he is. So let him pick you back up! Through every stupid mistake, the patient, merciful love of Christ prevails

     

     

  • Aug 21, 2022Outcasts Part 3: The 12 Disciples (Matthew 10:1-26)
    Aug 21, 2022
    Outcasts Part 3: The 12 Disciples (Matthew 10:1-26)
    Series: Outcasts
    When we take a deeper look at the twelve disciples we find a group of rag tag outcasts whom no respectable CEO would ever choose to lead anything, and yet Jesus chose them to change the world.  He called a group of impoverished, dirty, smelly, depraved, traitorous, blood thirsty, and yet ordinary people to become the apostles.  We are tempted to ask why, but then we are confronted with the question, why would Jesus chose any of us?  We aren't the best or the brightest.  We aren't the strongest or the most worthy, and yet he calls us to be his disciples.  Could the reason he chose the 12 be the same as the reason he has chosen us - to use the foolish things of the world to shame the wise.  Jesus has chosen us, thoroughly ordinary people, that through us he might show himself without a doubt, an extraordinary God.