Sermons on Matthew (Page 3)

What Comes Naturally?

God has redeemed us and has given us gifts, and the parable of the sheep and goats shows us that there is a way to mishandle these gifts.  God’s people are marked by lives of generosity that are not always conscious of their generosity.  However, Jesus is clearly calling us to be mindful of our […]

Are You Invested?

Last week we talked about having the capital that we need, this week, we talk about the growth of that capital in our lives.  In our culture, we are used to spending our capital, but not necessarily used to the ideas that surround the investment of our capital. We’ll talk about investing our Finances, Intellects, […]

Are you ready to party?

Do you have what you need in the areas of Financial, Intellectual, Physical, Relational, and Spiritual capital? Or have you allowed your gifts to burn down to the nub? How do we show ourselves as ready for the Bridegrooms return, even if we don’t feel like we have all that we need right now? What […]

What will you look like?

In the next week, we will begin to our last series in the “I Love U” focus year. This week we take some time to imagine what many lives of love might look like in the Resurrection and what things will be like when Jesus comes again to inaugurate an eternity of Love.  What will […]

How Do You Love God?

Pslam 25 cries out to God with the tenor of a lover who fails to know how to show his/her love to the Beloved. David cries, “make me to know Your ways, O Lord” with the same feeling as someone who feels inadequate to their love. So often, when we don’t know how to show […]

Who is the one for you?

Psalm 27 is about declaring that God is “the one for me”, a theme found in many different love songs. In these love songs, often the author of the love song sings about how he or she looked to others, but in the end, it was about “the one for me”. Jesus is our “the […]

Is It Easy to be Humble?

This week’s Gospel involves several vignettes that all lead to the same end, the idea that Jesus’ disciples are to be humble in their approach to each other and to the world. When we fail to embrace humility, we fail to follow Jesus’ example of searching for the one sheep over the 99. Our poise […]

On Whose Terms Are You Loved?

This Sunday gives us the first sense of “poise” in the Christian life, which is taking up our own cross in a sacrificial life. Sacrificing our own lives, denying ourselves, puts us in the poise to receive God’s love on His own terms instead of ours, as well as allowing us to put our own […]

Are You Poised and Ready?

  This week we start our Poised to Love series and look at the idea of being “poised” Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others […]