Sermon: Called to Serve Others Matthew 20:20-28

Truth Taught- Whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever would be first among you must be your slave,

Introduction

Our passage today rightly follows the text from last week.  Last time, Jesus announced His death the third time.  He told us more of what the cross would entail for Him.  We saw the King in His city, Jerusalem, tried, condemned, handed over to the Gentiles, beaten, flogged, crucified and raised from the dead.

We also saw that Jesus was very intentional about going to the great city, Jerusalem where God chose to make His name dwell.  This would be the city where the King’s glory would outshine any other earthly king as He was obedient to the Father even to the point of dying one the cross.

Our Lord has been walking us through an extremely important theme these last few chapters.  It’s the theme of greatness.  He began that emphasis back in…

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Sermon: Going Up To Jerusalem: Matthew 20:17-19

Truth Taught- Jesus foretells His death and resurrection the third time.

Introduction

Jesus and His disciples are on their way to the cross.  There can be no misunderstanding and no confusion.  We should see this third prediction of Jesus as the marker on the road with the arrow pointing to Jerusalem.  Jesus takes the hard road that will glorify His Father and save many sinners. 
The first prediction…

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Sermon: The Burden of Riches (Part 2) Matthew 19:23-30


Truth Taught- Riches are more of a hindrance than a help
for one who desires the Kingdom of God.

Introduction

Last time, we saw Jesus and the rich man’s interaction.  We saw the Rich Man ask Jesus what good deed could he do to earn eternal life.  We also remember our Lord’s response when He replied, why do you ask Me of all people about what is good?  There is only One who is good, namely God.  We learned of the impossibility of someone other than God doing a good deed.  To do a good deed must originate from a good Person and only God is good.  Then in response to the question, Jesus told this Rich Man that he should trade gods.  He should get rid of his false god and embrace the true God and follow Jesus.  Then we also remember that the Rich Man went away sorrowful because he had great wealth.

He was sorrowful because he was rich and Jesus teaches us that…

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Sermon: The Burden of Riches (Part 1) Matthew 19:16-22


Truth Taught- Riches are more of a hindrance than a help
for one who desires the Kingdom of God.

Introduction

For the last chapter and a half or so, Jesus has been teaching on the Kingdom of God, on real greatness, and on childlike faith.  We saw last time our Lord’s emphasis again surface as He was angry with His disciples for seeking to block the parents from bringing their infants and toddlers to Him to be blest by Him.
We have seen the example of childlike faith as Jesus lifted up a child as an illustration of Kingdom trust and dependance.  There in that child Jesus taught us about what the Kingdom of God is like and who may enter into it.  Those with self-reliance are not welcome into God’s Kingdom.  Those who think they have their own righteousness are not welcome.  Those who think their hard work and strict adherence to the traditions of man are not welcome.  Those who are rich and think their money will bring them significance or who worship and trust in their wealth are not welcome. 
That’s what our Lord is going to teach us today.  Riches are more of a hindrance than a help for one who desires the Kingdom of God.

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