Sermon: The Paradox of the Messiah Matthew 16:21-23

Truth Taught- Jesus’ mission as Messiah is the great paradox: the only path to glory is through suffering and death.

Now that His followers were convinced beyond any doubt that Jesus is the long awaited Messiah, the Son of God Jesus begins His shift to teach them what being the Messiah means and what the Messiah’s mission must involve. 
Jesus spoke vaguely before but know after their belief is shown to be genuine our Lord moves forward to explain to them what being the Messiah means for Him and for them as well.
Matthew records for us three separate occasions when Jesus told His disciples what His mission finally entails…Here’s what being the Messiah means…   

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Sermon: Who Do You Say That I Am? Matthew 6:13-18

Truth Taught- Jesus is the promised Messiah, the Son of God

Today we are going to see the disciples are given their midterm test.  This test has only one question.  Get it right you get an A, miss it and you will repeat the first half of the semester again.

I remember in seminary taking a midterm exam that was very unique.  It had 100 questions and it contained material I had never seen before.  I had studied all the notes, read all the assigned reading, studied all the quizzes and was ready for the exam.  This test was not what I’d studied.  I had never even heard this stuff before.  None of the questions were a part of the class.  This test had nothing on it that was in any of the reading, the class notes or on the quizzes.  I had no sufficient data to answer the questions.

The same sort of thing was true when Jesus gave His exam.  The disciples did not have sufficient data to arrive at the correct answer.

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Sermon: Baptized Into Jesus’ Death and Life Romans 5:20-6:12

Truth Taught- Water baptism is the earthly portrayal of the heavenly reality

1.  Water Baptism Rightly Follows Salvation

Promised in prophets in the Old Testament for those in the New Covenant, the Holy Spirit has been poured out upon the church by Jesus Christ through the power of his resurrection. The Spirit now brings believers into communion with the Father and the Son through the new birth, fills the believer with the love of God, works holiness in the lives of believers, and convinces people of the truth of the gospel.

When we believe the Gospel and are saved by grace through faith we are baptized with the Holy Spirit, He indwells us as believers.  This Spirit baptism at salvation is a gift to all who believe.  

In the Book of Acts where the Holy Spirit is highlighted throughout we see that believers are saved and indwelt with the Holy Spirit called the Spirit Baptism and then those believers who have already been saved are baptized in water.  We see very clearly that water baptism rightly follows salvation.

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Sermon: The Leaven of the False Teachers (Part 2) Matthew 16:5–12

Truth Taught- We must be aware of and avoid false teaching in all its forms

Last time we looked at the Gospel of Matthew we saw the first part of this section.  We looked intently at the false teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.  Their teaching Jesus calls leaven.  What He meant by this is that a small pinch of false doctrine will permeate the entire group or church.  Their’s had permeated Judaism to the point that traditions had taken hold and had overshadowed what God had actually said.  False teaching only needs to miss the mark by a little bit to create a complete system that is light years away from the original.

Picture this if you will…rain falls on the tin roof of a house.  As the water runs down the roof to the west, it ends up in the Pacific Ocean and the water that runs off the east side ends up in the Atlantic Ocean.  The drops of rain may only be an inch apart when they hit the ridge or peak of the roof but they end up thousands of miles apart.  The same can be said of false doctrine.  It may be just slightly off but as it penetrates and permeates the church it can lead us light years away from where we should be.

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Sermon The Leaven of the False Teachers Matthew 16:1–12

Truth Taught- We must be aware of and avoid false teaching in all its forms

Last time we saw Jesus’ ministry among the Gentiles in the area that was the east side of the Sea of Galilee.   The final verse in Chapter 15 tells us that He got into a boat and travelled back to the region of Magadan, back into Jewish territory on the west side of the Sea of Galilee.  No sooner does He get there than the Religious leaders, the Pharisees and Sadducees look to come to Him.  The opposition is growing.  Jesus again denounces their false teaching calling it leaven.  Like yeast that permeates an entire lump of dough so too false teaching, left unchecked, will filter through the entire group.

False teaching is everywhere today.  Every new technology affords another means for the false teacher to promote his heresy or as Jesus calls it in our text today, their own form of leaven.

If you watch any television, listen to any radio or podcasts, keep up on the news, or interact at depth with just about anyone in modern society, you are being exposed to some form of false teaching. If you cannot identify any voices you hear as false, it’s not because you aren’t being exposed, but because you’re falling for it in some way.

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