12/23/18 Jesus: God Among Us

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Jesus: God Among Us Matthew 1:18-25 1. Jesus – God the Son. (Matthew 1:20; John 10:28-30, John 8:57-58) John 10:28-30, I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of …

12/09/18 Preparing Our Hearts for Christmas

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Preparing Our Hearts for Christmas Luke 1:5-25 1. God’s Messengers Bring the Hope, Peace, Joy, Reconciliation, and Authority of God! (Luke 1:11-17; John 1:11-13, John 12:47-50) John 1:11-13, He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, he gave them the right to be children of God, to those …

12/02/18 Christmas: The Season of Love

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Christmas: The Season of Love John 3:16-21 1. God’s Demonstration of Love is Universal. (John 3:16a, John 3:17, 1 Timothy 2:3-4) 1 Timothy 2:3-4, This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.   2. God’s Demonstration of Love is Costly. (John 3:16b, 1 John …

11/25/18 When All Signs Point to the Same Truth

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When All Signs Point to the Same Truth Matthew 17:1-10 1. The Law Testifies to the Coming of the Messiah. (Matthew 17:1-3a, Exodus 24:9-10, Deuteronomy 18:15-19, Luke 9:30-31) Exodus 24:9-10, Then Moses went up with Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of Israel’s elders, and they saw the God of Israel. Beneath his feet was something like a pavement made …

11/11/18 Build Upon a Rock Not a Block

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Build Upon a Rock Not a Block Matthew 16:21-24 1. The Mission of the Messiah Was Sacrificial. (Matthew 16:21; Matthew 9:15, Matthew 10:38, Matthew 12:40, Matthew 26:28; Revelation 1:5b)   Matthew 9:15, Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests be sad while the groom is with them? The time will come when the groom will be taken away from …

11/04/18 The Lord of the Church and His Mission, part II

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The Lord of the Church and His Mission, part II Matthew 16:13-20 From last week: 1. Knowing Jesus is a Gift of God. 2. The Gift of God is the Foundation of the Church!     3. The Church is Given Great Influence and Great Responsibility. (Matthew 16:19) Albright and Mann say, “The church on earth carries out heaven’s decisions, …

10/28/18 The Lord of the Church and His Mission, part I

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The Lord of the Church and His Mission, part I Matthew 16:13-20 1. Knowing Jesus is a Gift of God. (Matthew 16:13-17, Matthew 23:8-10) Matthew 23:8-10, But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ because you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers and sisters. Do not call anyone on earth your father, because you have one Father, who …

10/21/18 Looking for Greener Grass

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Looking for Greener Grass Psalm 37:1-6 1. Don’t Long for the Life of the Wicked. (Psalm 37:1, Psalm 1:1-3) Psalm 1:1-3, How happy is the one who does not walk in the advice of the wicked or stand in the pathway with sinners or sit in the company of mockers! Instead, his delight is in the Lord’s instruction, and he …