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 …

10/07/18 There is Still Hope!

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There Is Still Hope! Matthew 16:1-12 1. Additional Signs Aren’t Always Given to Those Who Refuse to See. (Matthew 16:1-4a) a. Their Opposition is Seen in their Partnerships (Matthew 16:1, Psalm 78:40-41, Matthew 4:7)   Psalm 78:40-41, How often they rebelled against him in the wilderness and grieved him in the desert. They constantly tested God and provoked the Holy …

09/30/18 Different Situation – Same God

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Different Situation – Same God Matthew 15:31-39 1. God’s Desire is for our Best and our Good – that Includes Everyone! (Matthew 15:32, Romans 10:11-12) Romans 10:11-12, For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes on him will not be put to shame,” since there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, because the same Lord of all richly blesses all …

09/23/18 Who Let the Dogs Out?

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Who Let the Dogs Out? Matthew 15:21-31 1. The Messiah is Uniquely Jewish. a. He Came from the Jews. (Matthew 15:22, Jeremiah 33:17) Jeremiah 33:17, For this is what the LORD says: David will never fail to have a man sitting on the throne of the house of Israel. b. He Came for the Jews…First. (Matthew 15:24, Matthew 4:24-25, John …

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 …