Posts Tagged 'Matthew'

The Messiah’s Ministry: The Great Commission

The Messiah’s Ministry: The Great Commission Sermon Audio Here

Charcoal Briquettes on fire

Matthew 28:5-10;15-20

Every Christian Has a Dual Mission:

* To Find Life… SEARCH
What should we remember?
v5 SEEK- look for Jesus (look 4 keys, find other stuff)
v6 ENDURE- He Is Risen, just as He said (He Is Still Here)
v7 AFFIRM- tell disciples He is risen (remind one another)
v8 REMAIN- afraid yet joyful (don’t let fear win-go thru it)
v9 CONNECT- approach; clasp; worship (3 point game plan)
v10 HELP others to Look for Him (keep looking ’til you find)

* To Learn the Truth… TEACH
What should we do?
v16 TAKE AFTER Jesus (do what He says)
v17 EXALT even when there’s doubt (everyone doubts)
v18 ACKNOWLEDGE Jesus’ authority (He is LORD)
v19 COACH as you go; make disciples (learning process)
v20 HOLD Him close – (remember His presence)

We’re not called to come together as Christians to experience the warmth of being together; we come together to make a change in the world! What’s on *your* grill?

The Messiah’s Ministry: A Personal Sacrifice

The Messiah’s Ministry: A Personal Sacrifice Sermon Audio Here

A curtain surrounds an altar, crucifix, and statues of Jesus and Mary at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, Michigan.

Matthew 27:32-44
If you were to look at Rembrandt’s painting of The Three Crosses, your attention would be drawn first to the center cross on which Jesus died. Then as you would look at the crowd gathered around the foot of that cross, you’d be impressed by the various facial expressions and actions of the people involved in the awful crime of crucifying the Son of God. Finally, your eyes would drift to the edge of the painting and catch sight of another figure, almost hidden in the shadows. Art critics say this is a representation of Rembrandt himself, for he recognized that by his sins he helped nail Jesus to the cross.

Everyone Responds to the Cross in Some Way

* The Reaction to the Cross is Revealing
Matthew emphasizes how other people experienced the crucifixion:
v32 Simon – compelled to carry the cross (outside forces)
v34/36 Soldiers – sour & bitter wine (compassion + convenience)
v39/40 Spectators – (clueless contempt)
v41/43 Sanhedrin – (cruel caricatures of compassion)
v44 Scoff-laws – they want Jesus to rescue them for the wrong reasons (conceited collusion)

* The Reason For The Cross Is Redemption
How do WE respond to Jesus’ Sacrifice?

Mt 27:44~ are we like the criminals, asking Jesus to save us for selfish reasons, wanting “salvation” so that we can continue our old life?
Mt 27:41-43~ are we like the Jewish leaders, pretending to be holy, all the while seeking to further our own agenda at the expense of grace?
Mt 27:39-40~ are we like the passers-by, who don’t really understand the work that Jesus has done for us, and treat it with contempt?
Mt 27:34-36~ are we like the soldiers, who exercise a combination of compassion for Jesus’ life, but ignore His higher call because of convenience?
Mt 27:32~ are we like Simon of Cyrene, compelled to take up the Cross of Christ, responding to the call of God in our lives?

How will you respond to the Cross?

The Messiah’s Ministry: Persevering Through Prayer

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Persevering Through Prayer

Matthew 26:36-46
Prayer is surrender–surrender to the will of God and cooperation with that will. If I throw out a boathook from the boat and catch hold of the shore and pull, do I pull the shore to me, or do I pull myself to the shore? Prayer is not pulling God to my will, but the aligning of my will to the will of God.

Jesus Shows Three Truths About Prayer:
* Troubled Prayer Is Normal
36-39 Pray when you’re upset; everyone gets upset
v36 wait with Jesus
v37 share burdens with close supporters
v38 express and share your concerns
v39 submit to God’s will

* Doubled Prayer is Helpful
40-43 Pray when you’re weak; ask for help
v40 realize that we will let each other down
v41 pray in midst of weakness
v42 let God know your desires
v43 Jesus finds us in our weakness (being weak doesn’t mean being lost)

* Stubborn Prayer Is Effective
44-46 Pray with perseverance; don’t give up
v44 be persistent in prayer
v45 be aware: the hour is at hand
v46 be “going with” Jesus

E.M. Bounds wrote, “The central significance of prayer is not in the things that happen as results, but in the deepening intimacy and unhurried communion with God at His central throne of control in order to discover a ‘sense of God’s need in order to call on God’s help to meet that need.'”

Prayer is not about getting from God; prayer is about being with God so that He can work with you.

The Messiah’s Ministry: Teaching on the Talents

Running with the football

Matthew 25:14-30

One of the most pressing questions of our time: who will be the Seahawks punt returner? Safety Earl Thomas wants the job, and has this to say: “This is my future. I can help this team and I know I can,” Thomas said. “…I want to show everybody who I am and I want to be able to impact the game as much as possible.

When it Comes to Talent:
* We Are Receivers
14-18 distribution of talents
v14 we entrusted with something that belongs to God
v15 God gives us according to our ability – He knows us!
v16/17 expectation is that we would get to work
v18 not everyone fulfills expectations

* We Are Returners
19-23 settling of positive accounts
v19 we will settle with the Master
v20 talents put to use on Master’s behalf
v21 Make the Master happy!
v22 amount of talents isn’t the issue; it’s what you do with what you’ve been given
v23 well done to be faithful with a little

* We Are Responsible
24-30 settling of negative accounts
v24 hard man=harsh, ungenerous
v25 responded to Master in fear
v26/27 now you know why this servant only got one talent…
v28/29 God does not waste His talent (this guy is an example)
v30 lead into next section – the final judgment

On New Year’s Day, 1929, Georgia Tech played University of California in the Rose Bowl. In the first half of that game a man named Roy Riegels recovered a fumble for California. Somehow, he became confused and started running 65 yards in the wrong direction. Coach Price reached out and put his hand on Riegel’s shoulder and said to him: “Roy, get up and go on back; the game is only half over.” And Roy Riegels went back, and the opposing team said they have never seen a man play football as Roy Riegels played that second half.

No matter if you’ve ever felt as if you’ve let the Lord down in the use of your talents – YOU ARE NOT DONE YET.

The Messiah’s Ministry: Preparing the Faithful

He waits

Matthew 24:36-44

Have you ever found yourself waiting for the cable guy to arrive for installation? Sometimes you’re kept in a state of readiness for a 6 hour window! The cable company’s sense of time and urgency is very different from yours. So it is with God’s timetable for the arrival of Christ…

When We Get Anxious About Life, Remember:
* We Live On God’s Timetable, Not Ours
36-39 unexpected arrival of the Kingdom
v36 – Dependence upon Father’s timetable ALONE
v37 – Kingdom comes unexpected by the world; not us!
v38/9 – Ignorance of the Kingdom will not save; Long term plans w/out God will not thrive

* We Live Out Kingdom Life Here And Now, Not Just Later
40-44 Ministry while awaiting the arrival
v40/1 – One is selected, and one is rejected (man or woman doesn’t matter) (cf. 31-elect)
v42 – Why watch? Not about OUR salvation, but our ministry
v43 – Lack of guard + unexpected thief=broken house; Guard+anticipation of arrival=Prepared Reception
v44 – Christ WILL COME – therefore, all y’all watch (we ourselves watch, and help others watch, too)

We are not watching for a rescue to escape this world; we are watching for a Redeemer to join Him in HIS rescue of the world.

The Messiah’s Ministry: Warning the Self-Righteous

Warning about the Self-Righteous

Matthew 23:1-12

A famous Bible teacher was once convicted about his lack of humility. A friend recommended as a remedy, that he march through the streets of Chicago wearing a sandwich board, shouting the scripture verses on the board for all to hear. The Bible teacher agreed to this venture and when he returned to his study and removed the board, he said “I’ll bet there’s not another man in town who would do that.”

Two step Pharisee Prevention Program:
* Don’t Fake It For Fame
1-7 be careful of those who love status
v1/2 explaining teachers of the Law
v3 listen to their words; ignore their example
v4 they impose burdens for others, not themselves
v5/6 they like to be “seen”
v7 fame is their motivation

* Don’t Ache For Acclaim
8-12 be careful of seeking status yourselves
v8 don’t seek ‘master’ standing; share as equals
v9 don’t give adulation of authority; follow God
v10 don’t be ‘professor’ pompous; learn from the Lord
v11/12 greatness comes through giving, not self-focus

George Washington Carver, the scientist who developed hundreds of useful products from the peanut: “When I was young, I said to God, ‘God, tell me the mystery of the universe.’ But God answered, ‘That knowledge is reserved for me alone.’ So I said, ‘God, tell me the mystery of the peanut.’ Then God said, ‘Well, George, that’s more nearly your size.’ And he told me.”

Let us find our significance through service.

The Messiah’s Ministry: An Eternal Perspective

Mirror of the Sky II

Matthew 22:34-46

Christian musicians Brandon Heath and Jason Ingram wrote a song in 2008 about wanting to see the world as God would, and having a desire to view people with more compassion called “Give Me Your Eyes”. Here are some of the lyrics:
Give me Your eyes for just one second
Give me Your eyes so I can see
Everything that I keep missing
Give me Your love for humanity
Give me Your arms for the broken-hearted
The ones that are far beyond my reach
Give me Your heart for the ones forgotten
Give me Your eyes so I can see

How can we look at Life from God’s viewpoint?
* Focus on the Main Point
34-40 testing for the “right” answer
v34 they’re trying to trick Him (cf. v15)
v35/36 what’s the right answer? (test of orthodoxy)
v37/38 reply of action: LOVE God
v39 love people
v40 love in the vertical & horizontal (image of cross)

* Focus on the Master’s Presence
41-46 testing for understanding
v41/42 surface answer correct, BUT…
v43 watch the lines of authority (which Pharisees loved)
v44 David called the Messiah “Master/Lord”, (authority)
v45 How can David submit to Messiah’s authority if He hasn’t yet been born?
v46 Pharisees couldn’t admit the only way possible: that Messiah was God and human; if true, why not follow Him? So – they were silent.

The point of the Resurrection: Jesus proved He was God and Messiah. Let’s not be silent.

Pastor Ed Backell

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