Sermon 1605 Matthew 9.9-13 June 25, 2017
I like the Matthew in the Bible. Even named one of my sons after him! The Matthew in the Bible loved Jesus so much and loved his gang so much, he couldn’t bear to think that they would go to hell just because they never had a chance to meet Jesus. So the Holy Spirit fingered him to write the Gospel as only a Jew writing for a Jew could. He told the life of Jesus and when Old Testament prophecy was fulfilled, Matthew came out and said it, “All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet (22).” But his love for his gang showed almost from the start. He threw his own going away party when he became a disciple of Jesus and invited all his lay-about friends. That’s the only way they were going to get to meet Jesus. Free drinks and food! Oh, and you’ll meet my Jesus.
Matthew was like a guy whose surgeon saved his life after he was carted into the hospital from a terrible accident.
The Best Matthew 7:15-28 June 18th, 2017
re you obsessed with the best? If you are going out to try a new restaurant does it take you two hours to research yelp, thrillist or the eater trying to find the best chef in the area? If you are going to buy a car do you walk on the lot and just say I want a blue one, or do you take some time to research? I want the Best. I know you do too. Jesus want's you to have the best too. He wants you to receive the pure Gospel message. He wants you to build your life on him, who is the best. Today we learn about Jesus and the best that he gives us.
A Life with God Matthew 28:16-20 June 11th, 2017
Realize what you can do by the power of God. Realize that you have a God who loves you so much that he sacrificed his one and only son to save you. Realize you have a God who suffered and died on the cross to take away your sins. Realize that you have a God who works tirelessly to reassure you or the promises that he has given you through his word. And realize that makes a difference not just in our life, but it is going to have an effect on everyone who hears it. Because God is powerful. And God has given you power.
You Get the Holy Sprit Acts 2:1-21 June 4th, 2017
This is the message of Pentecost. God’s salvation is for you. God’s love is for you. The Holy Spirit is for you. All of you. Each and every one of you. Your sins are washed away for free. Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. That’s it. Jesus is for everyone.
Sermon 1603 Mark 10.13-16 May 30, 2017
This night belongs to our proud students and their parent and grandparents. They’ve worked hard, coming (and getting them to come) to school every day this year. The homework and things you’ve had to learn! It’s a lot! We’ve got to be happy for all of you here tonight for how far you’ve come. This night belongs to you.
But because of what you’ve learned over this past year from Ms. Sweet or Mrs. Carter or Mrs. Nielsen and Heiny, you know something else belongs to you.
Life Built Better Builds a Mission
Knowing what the Bible says is a blessing, it builds a better life for us, but it also builds a mission for us to tell this news to others. Because others need to know. Everyone needs to know. Everyone spends an eternity somewhere… and the only thing that decides where that where is, is faith in our Savior. And the only thing that creates faith is the word of God. It's not a perfectly laid out logical argument that makes someone believe in Jesus. It’s not your incredible intellect that is able to answer every probing question that someone has about the Bible. It is the simple message that the Bible has for all people, all are sinners, all sin is punished by death, Jesus was punished with death for all our sin. Or “The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus.” A gift that was given to you and a gift that you can give to others.