09/16/18 Step on the Scales

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Step on the Scales Matthew 15:1-20 1. Scripture Outweighs Tradition (Matthew 15:1-2), Opinion (Matthew 15:3-6), and Culture (Matthew 15:7-9). “If a man poured water over the one hand with a single rinsing, his hand is clean; but if over both hands with a single rinsing, R. Meir declares them unclean unless he pours over them a quarter-log or more.” (M …

09/09/18 Gigantic Examples in Small Packages

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Gigantic Examples in Small Packages Mark 10:13-16 1. No One is an Inconvenience to Jesus. (Mark 10:13-14a, Matthew 18:10) Matthew 18:10, See to it that you don’t despise one of these little ones, because I tell you that in heaven their angels continually view the face of my Father in heaven. 2. The Kingdom of Heaven Belongs to Those Who …

09/02/18 Get Out of the Boat!

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Get Out of the Boat! Matthew 14:22-33 1. Apart from Jesus There Is Fear. (Matthew 14:22-26, 2 Timothy 1:7) 2 Timothy 1:7, For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.   2. Upon the Call of the Great I AM, Step Out in Faith! (Matthew 14:27-29, Exodus 3:14) Exodus 3:14, …

08/26/18 Bring Them to Jesus!

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Bring Them to Jesus! Matthew 14:13-21 1. Everyone Wants Jesus (Although the Expression Varies). (Matthew 14:13-14)   2. When We Try to Provide for “Everyone” We Are Overwhelmed and Face Practical Limitations. (Matthew 14:15-17, Mark 6:37) a. Mark 6:37, “You give them something to eat,” he responded. They said to him, “Should we go and buy two hundred denarii worth …

08/19/18 Get Over It!

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Get Over It! Matthew 13:53-14:12 Some are Offended Because of Their Pride in Life. (Matthew 13:53-58) Some are Offended Because of Their Pleasure in Sin. (Matthew 14:1-11) Both Miss the Blessings of Being Saved. (Matthew 14:12)

08/05/18 The Ultimate Gated Community, part 2

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The Ultimate Gated Community – Part II Matthew 13:44-52 From last week: 1. The Kingdom Has Come. 2. The Kingdom is Coming. 3. The Kingdom is Expansive. 4. The Kingdom is Transformational.   5. The Kingdom is Valuable. (Matthew 13:44-46) 6. The Kingdom is “Gated.” (Matthew 13:47-50, Revelation 21:21)   Revelation 21:21, The twelve gates are twelve pearls; each individual …

07/29/18 The Ultimate Gated Community, part 1

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The Ultimate Gated Community – Part I Matthew 13:24-43 1. The Kingdom Has Come. (Matthew 13:24-28, 36-38a, Luke 11:20) Luke 11:20, “If I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.” 2. The Kingdom is Coming. (Matthew 13:29-30, 38b-43, Revelation 21:1-4) Revelation 21:1-4, “Then I saw a new heaven and a …

07/22/18 When Your God is Sovereign

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When Your God is Sovereign Matthew 13:10-17 1.    In God’s Sovereignty God Gives His Message.  (Matthew 13:11-12) a.     1 Timothy 6:15b-16, He is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings, and the Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see, to him be honor …

07/15/18 What God is Looking For

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What God is Looking For Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 1. Jesus is looking for a Specific Response. a. Some Fail to Put it Together. (Matthew 13:3-4, 19) b. Some Aren’t Willing to Accept. (Matthew 13:5-6, 20-21) c. Some Don’t Care. (Matthew 13:7, 22) 2. Jesus wants us to Hear, Understand, and Produce. (Matthew 13:8, 23, 1 John 14:15, 1 Timothy 3:13, …