Sermon: The Touch of Jesus Matthew 9:18-26

Truth Taught-  Jesus has the Authority and Power to Raise the Dead

Introduction

Our account today follows on the heels of Jesus teaching the disciples of John that the New Covenant, the Gospel and His ministry are the new things God is doing and cannot be placed as a patch over bleeding Judaism.  The point last time was that it is the presence of Jesus that makes all this a reality and feasting not fasting is appropriate.  I pray that the world we are living in reminds us that Jesus will one day make all things new.  I pray you’re longing for that today.  In light of these teachings that Jesus makes all things new, we have three Gospel healings Matthew presents.  Today, because of the providence of God we are looking at the first two.

Again we see Matthew being amazed at how Jesus’ Words are backed up or illustrated by the acts of Jesus found in the very next section.  Here Jesus teaches that He is the New Covenant and He makes all things new.  Now, we will discover there is no limit to Jesus’ authority and power to make all things new.

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Sermon: When the Bridegroom is With Them Matthew 9:14–17

Truth Taught- When the Bridegroom is present, celebrating and feasting are appropriate not mourning and fasting.

Introduction

What will you do when the day comes and you see Jesus face to face?  When forgiven sinners in the NT see Jesus there is a celebration.  Banquets are thrown in Jesus’ honor, costly perfume is poured out upon Him, fishing nets, tax booths and earthly honors cast aside as worthless, lives are changed because allegiances and treasures are changed.  Everything else falls away and Jesus becomes the center and ultimate focus.

This truth becomes even more intense when our Lord returns.  At that moment we will be made like Him and we will be able to see Jesus as He really is.  On that day, beloved there will be great celebrating and great feasting because the Bride of Christ will have the Bridegroom and forever be with Jesus.

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Sermon: A Year End Benediction Numbers 6:22-27

Truth Taught- God has promised to bless His people forever with provision and protection. 

Introduction

As we wrap up 2020 we all can look back and remember challenges.  We can remember the pandemic and all it brought with it.  We can remember challenges when many couldn’t work, when some were sick.  We remember quarantines and school closings.  We remember when our church closed for 6 weeks.  We are living in a time of masks and mandates and a rapidly changing culture.  We are now given the challenge of a vaccine.  Will it be forced upon us like everything else this year?  Will a vaccine which alters your DNA that was produced for a virus that has a 99.8% survival rate and which will not make you immune to the virus but only possibly lessen the symptoms be made mandatory in many respects?  Will your job depend on whether you get it or not?  

About 2.5 million people die in the United States annually.  Recent statistics show a year here and there where as many as 2.7 million people die per year.  This year, the year with the pandemic it is estimated…get this…2.5 million people will die, basically, the same as any other year.  Now we never want to underestimate a threat such as Covid-19 nor forget that many people have had it and some do die and those who have lost loved ones this year.  We show compassion and mercy to all involved.  However, we cannot live in fear as God’s people.  We cannot live trusting in our government to save us or even help us.  I think we are finding out that, in many ways they may just be the enemy.  

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announcement: 12/24/2020

Dear Church Family,

The Elders have decided to cancel the service for this evening due to the bad weather and dropping temps.  We will miss seeing you tonight.  Please pass the word so that no one makes the trip.  We pray that you have a Merry Christmas tomorrow and Lord willing we will be together this Lord’s Day morning.  

God Bless,

Pastor Brian

Sermon: The Abrahamic Covenant and Miraculous Births ( Selected Verses )

Truth Taught- We who hope in Jesus Christ and follow him in the obedience of faith are descendants of Abraham and heirs of his covenant promises.

Introduction

Our days studying the Book of Genesis have been a great blessing to me.  I pray your hearts have been encouraged as well.   We have just come through the section that covers the birth of the promise to Abraham and Sarah. 

There is a biblical promise given to all people that is infinitely more valuable than anything you will receive this Christmas.

We who hope in Jesus Christ and follow him in the obedience of faith are descendants of Abraham and heirs of his covenant promises.

God had made the promise that through Abraham the families of the world would be blessed.

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Sermon: Jesus Came Into the World to Forgive Sin Matthew 9:1-8

Truth Taught- Jesus has the authority to forgive sins  

Introduction

It’s good at this point to be reminded of Jesus’ birth and mission…

Matthew 1:18–23 (ESV) 

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 

23    “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, 

and they shall call his name Immanuel” 

(which means, God with us). 

Our Lord’s purpose in coming to earth as a human was to save His people from their sins.  This is what the angel tells Joseph even before Jesus is born.

So, everything Jesus did in His ministry while incarnate was working toward that main purpose.  As we’ve looked to His authority it is moving us forward to the ultimate authority that Jesus possesses, namely, the authority to forgive sins. 

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Sermon: Jesus Came to Destroy the Works of the Devil Matthew 8:28-34

Truth Taught- Jesus has the power and authority over Satan’s realm

Introduction

Psalm 24:1 (ESV) 

   The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, 

the world and those who dwell therein, 

As we continue through Matthew’s Gospel we have already seen a theme through this section.  Authority is mentioned at the end of the Sermon on the Mount…

Jesus’ Words has authority

Matthew 7:28–29 (ESV) 

28 And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, 29 for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes. 

Jesus has the authority over sickness and disease.

Matthew 8:8–9 (ESV) 

But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 

Matthew 8:16 (ESV)

16 That evening they brought to him many who were oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick. 

Jesus has authority over creation

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Sermon: What Sort of Man is This? Matthew 8:23-27

Truth Taught- Jesus is God, wielding the power of the Creator, may we place our trust and fear in Him alone 

Sermon Outline:

1.  Jesus Trusts God Completely

2.  Jesus Commands the Wind and Waves and They Obey

3.  Jesus is to Be Feared

Sermon: Following Christ: A Means to an End or the End Itself? Matthew 8:18-22

Truth Taught- Jesus teaches His followers to not be misinformed but to count the cost of discipleship

Sermon Outline:

1.  Following Christ or Comfort?  The Too-Ready Disciple

2.  Following Christ or Family, The Not-Ready-Enough Disciple

3.  When God’s People Count the Cost

Sermon: The Success of the Wicked and the Righteous Psalm 37

Truth Taught The security and success we all seek for are not found in this life, either for the wicked or the righteous.

Sermon Outline:

1. An Initial Overview

A. Trust

B. Delight

C. Commit

D. Rest

2. The success of the wicked

3. The success of the righteous