Sermons on Matthew
Jesus is the light of the world. As His followers, we are also called salt and light. Just as the children’s song says, we need to let our light shine in the darkness of this world.
Light brings a feeling of warmth. Even when it is cold outside, the sight of the sun can bring a feeling of warmth with it. Jesus is the Light of the world. He does not reflect the light like the moon does. He is the source of light like the sun!
As Christians, we also have the opportunity to go public before authority figures. It is important to remember that authorities have been placed in the positions they have by God. We must therefore show proper honor and respect, regardless of whether we feel they deserve it or not.
If anyone could justify not resting, it would be Jesus. He had three years to start a movement that would change the world. But He still chose to rest. We should follow His example.
Creating a rhythm between work and rest is important. However, we must be sure that we do not confuse “rest” with “leisure.” We can be just as out of balance by not working enough as we can by not resting enough. Sometimes the challenge is trusting God with our rest during the time of harvest.
Command: The Bible teaches us to sing Creation: We are made to sing Tradition: We have always been a singing people Ephesians 5:17-20 Matthew 26:27-30
When I face challenges, do I factor in God’s provision? Am I looking to Jesus to satisfy my spiritual hunger? How hungry am I for more of God? John 6:1-15 John 6:25-40 John 6:51-56 John 6:66-69 Matthew 5:6
God reveals to us a name that speaks to the kind of relationship He desires to have with us. He says that He is our “Abba,” or father. This is not the formal “Father” that we often think about, but the informal “Daddy” that children use with their parent. God wants us to have that kind of intimate familiar relationship with Him.
Philippians 4:4-9 Philippians 4:6-7 Matthew 6:25-34
Consistent reading of scripture can have a very powerful impact. We pray that you can move from a feeling of obligation and becomes a time of great pleasure.
The wisemen of the Christmas story is a bit unexpected. What was neat is they enter the story with the desire to worship the new King Jesus, that is all. Where king Herod desired to kill Jesus. We need to dethrone the “mini-king” Herod in our hearts and worship Jesus just because of who He is.
Faith preceded the law. It is not by following rules that we are redeemed it is by faith. What is your faith growth plan?