Continuing a sermon series on the theme of God as King, the focus of this message is on prayer. Since God is King, to him alone prayer is to be made, but how do sinful human beings approach a righteous God in prayer?
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These are sermons preached during our Sunday worship services. (Recordings were not always successful, so there are gaps in the postings.)
Mike Steele's suggestion that I preach on the theme of gentleness led me to this text, about which J. C. Ryle comments "There are few passages in the four Gospels more important than this. There are few which contain in so short a compass, so many precious truths."
Sunday | December 21, 2014
Matthew’s Gospel closes the infancy narratives with events interpreted in the light of the Hebrew Scriptures. Both the events and their interpretations foreshadow Jesus’ ministry and point to the realization of the good news that he has come to save his people.
Sunday | December 14, 2014
Continuing this Advent series from Matthew, the drama heightens as strangers appear in Jerusalem seeking Jesus. The unexpected homage from unnamed Easterners brings riches, but also puts Jesus’ very life in danger from the despotic Herod. Already Jesus’ identity is provoking radically differing responses from others, even as the gospel does today.
Sunday | December 7, 2014
Joseph is rarely the focus of contemporary Christmas sermons or stories, but he is central to Matthew’s Gospel account of Jesus’ birth. He is a remarkable and godly man, and we can profit much from his example and his experience as recorded in Scripture.
Sunday | November 30, 2014
Beginning an Advent series in Matthew, we find ourselves in a literary context not far from that of Genesis. Genealogies figure prominently in Genesis, and Matthew opens his Gospel with a genealogy, using significant terms and names from Genesis narratives. The covenant promises made by God to his people in Genesis (and developed in the rest of the Hebrew Scriptures) find their fulfillment in Jesus the Messiah.