The Christian Counter Culture (Part 4)
Chasing Hard After Righteousness
Truth Taught- To hunger and thirst for righteousness is to taste of it in justification and then possess a persistent longing for more
Today, Lord willing, we will complete the first half of the Beatitudes. So far we’ve seen a spiritual progression where each character trait is built upon the one before. We saw that Christians must be poor in spirit, being spiritually bankrupt before God with no claim to righteousness or His love. When we are poor in spirit we are exactly where God wants us to be to begin with. Then when we understand our spiritual poverty in our self we will mourn over our sin and corruption. Jesus tells us happy are those who mourn over their sin because God will comfort us. Coming before God spiritually poor and mourning over our sin will truly promote biblical meekness. We are not like the wicked who strive after riches but are those who would rather wait for God and those who trust Him. So, spiritual poverty leads to spiritual mourning which leads to true meekness and then today, we’ll see that all these lead us to a deep hunger and thirst for righteousness.
Dear Sovereign Grace Family,
We ARE planning to meet this Sunday as normal, Disciple Hour at 9:45 and Worship at 11:00. Please take any precautionary measures you believe to be necessary. If you are older and think it best to miss a few Sundays we completely understand. Also, please keep in mind that we all need to be as sanitary as possible especially washing hands/hand sanitizer and shaking hands etc.
Please be in prayer for our church family and this Sunday. We are scheduled to look at Psalm 34 in DH and Matthew 5:6 for the sermon what it means to hunger and thirst for righteousness…
If anything changes we will let you know ASAP.
Lord willing we hope to see you Sunday.
Grace and Peace,
Pastor Brian and the Elders
The Christian Counter Culture (Part 3)
Happy are The Meek
Truth Taught- The meek are happy because they will inherit the earth
Matthew 5:1–12 (ESV)
5 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.
2 And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
The Christian Counter Culture (Part 2)
Happy are Those Who Mourn
Truth Taught- Happy are those who mourn over their sin because they will experience God’s comfort.
Last time we learned that we are blessed and/or happy when we are poor in spirit. We also learned that to be poor in spirit is to be very aware that spiritually we are bankrupt before God. When we go to God through Jesus by faith realizing that we have no good thing within us we will not be disappointed. As the tax collector went down to his house justified, so too God will justify those who come to Him poor in spirit by faith through Jesus.
Jesus’ next focus is mourning. He says to His followers blessed are those who mourn. This is another paradox isn’t it? How can happiness and grief walk together? How can one be happy and mourn at the same time? Mourners are to be pitied and helped not envied. Jesus, however, teaches us that there is some mourning that turns into a great blessing and great happiness.
The Christian Counter Culture (Part 1)
Truth Taught- Jesus’ teaching is not in line with our culture’s values and worldview. He is God and His ways are not our ways.
One of the church’s greatest failures today is that the church fits in far too well with our secular world. This world is a fallen sinful place. This is a biblical truth that affects everything all the time. The only way this will ever change is when Christ returns and sets up His kingdom. Until then we are stuck with the consequences of our sin.
People think that a utopia can be achieved by man’s efforts without God. People who are anti- Jesus, God, and Christianity want to tell everyone about their moral standards. They think everyone should line up and follow their rules.
Beloved we cannot and must not ever follow the world’s standards. We must never allow our culture to dictate our views and our behavior.
God tells us that His ways and mankind’s ways are not in sink with each other. If you think for a second that our secular culture and its values are anything like true righteousness God requires you are gravely mistaken. A culture that seeks to live without God is a culture to be separated from.
Our society calls murder a mother’s choice. Calls perversion an alternate life style. It has a name for everyone who disagrees with them. You are homophobic if you disagree with them.
My fear is that all too often we fit in with our secular world far too well. Beloved we must stand up for God’s truth and seek to go against culture. Read More
The Messiah and His First Followers
Truth Taught- Jesus chose His first followers
and immediately they respond to His call.
As we begin today let’s look together at our Lord’s first disciples and His first teaching. We will also see that as He calls His disciples there is an immediate response they begin to follow and then we will also see the great crowds also follow. Let’s look together as God’s Word.
Matthew 4:18–25 (ESV) Read More
Jesus Begins His Mission
Truth Taught- Jesus came from Galilee preaching the Kingdom of God and repentance
From the very beginning of the Gospel of Matthew, God has been moving Jesus from place to place to fulfill biblical prophecy.. He was taken to Bethlehem (the City of David) to be born which fulfilled Micah 5:2
The Testing of God’s Son
Truth Taught- When tested, Jesus remained true to His Father
and His mission.
By way of introduction, what we have in this passage typically titled the temptation of Christ is really something quite different. We’ve usually been taught that this is Satan’s temptation of our Lord and that is true on a surface level and from Satan’s perspective, however, what is really going on here is much different. What is really going on here is God’s testing. Satan will do everything in his power to tempt Jesus and Jesus will prove undefeatable by the devil or any other opponent. In many ways Jesus is thrown into the deep end of the pool and proves He is a great swimmer. No opponent will ever defeat King Jesus, not even Satan, himself.
Satan goal is to persuade Jesus to act against God’s will.
The Baptism of Jesus the Messiah
Truth Taught-At Jesus’ baptism, He is marked, anointed and declared to be God’s Messiah and God’s Son
So far in Matthew’s Gospel we’ve been looking at the birth and infancy of Jesus and we’ve looked at the ministry of John the Baptist. Now, Jesus is an adult and His path and John’s path intersect.
John’s ministry is about to come to its pinnacle as he baptizes Jesus, the Messiah. After today’s text, we will see John’s ministry decrease and fade away as Jesus now bursts onto the scene. John’s task of getting the people ready for the Messiah ends as the Messiah appears.
The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand
Truth Taught- We are called to repent and believe because the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.
It is very fitting that as we leave the Christmas season we also leave baby Jesus. We love to hear about and sing about the birth of our Savior but now is the time for transition. In our text today, Jesus is all grown up. No more a baby in the manger, no more an infant who needs care and protection. Jesus is just about to burst onto the stage of human history.