Matthew 23 // Listening to His voice
After silencing His critics, Jesus speaks out with bold, clear teachings and rebukes calling His followers to be real and truly committed to Him and His Word. He challenges the religious leaders of His day to not be hypocrites. He also shows His compassion for the city as He yearns for them to come to Him. We are called to listen to Jesus, follow Him with our whole hearts and to reach out to others for Christ.
In this sermon, we're in the presence of the greatest person in history telling us the greatest commandment in history. Everything about God's eternal plan hangs on His commands for us to love Him and love each other.
This week we will examine a second interaction Jesus had with a religious group who is trying to entrap him with a question. As we take a look at the people asking the question and the heart behind their questioning, we’ll see that we are guilty of the same errors, and that Jesus’ response presents a challenge for us today as well.
Matthew 21:23-46 // Six Ways To Have The Kingdom of God Taken From You
In this sermon Jesus is confronted by the Chief priests and Elders on hi authority. He responds by revealing to them their blind spots which are keeping them from the Kingdom of God. In this message we look at six what to have the Kingdom of God taken from you.
1. Approach Jesus without any intention of listening to him; with the hope that you don’t really need to obey him
2. Posture yourself above Jesus as your own authority
3. Prefer the loyalty and praise of men over pointing to the praise of God
4. Tell God “I’m all in, I’ll do what you say”; but in the end don’t.
5. When you see others repent, surrender and come in to the Kingdom on completely undeserved merit, still feel good about your own self salvation your own self righteousness.
6.Reject any person, preacher, messenger of God speaking truth and make sure they feel beaten down, rejected, judged, and if you have too kill them.
Matthew 21:1-22 // Jesus Identity, Purpose, and Mission
This chapter marks a pivotal point in Matthew's gospel as Jesus enters Jerusalem for the first time. We’ll unpack the three things that are presented with increasing clarity as Jesus begins his last week of life: His identity, His purpose, and the mission He has for His people.
Matthew 20:17-34 // Jesus Our Ransom & True Greatness
In this sermon Jesus clearly and compassionately redirects the disciples desire for significance towards the significance found in the ransom He came to be for them. Jesus redefines greatness as serving others for His glory setting the expectation of service and suffering in this life. Lastly, when Jesus gave his life as a ransom, He not only freed us from our debt and captivity but came to free our hearts into a great life with him! This is the greatest news you will ever hear!
Verses to memorize:
Romans 8:16-17, Hebrews 12:3-4, John 16:33, and Acts 14:22.
Matthew 19:16-20:16 // What then will we have?
Have you thought about storing up treasures in heaven? What hesitations or questions do you have around this? Are we passionate about storing up treasure in heaven? In this sermon we look at Jesus response to the rich young ruler and the parable of Labours in the Vineyard.
Matthew 19:13-26 // An Unhindered Faith
In this sermon Jesus contrast the unhindered faith of children with what was hindering the rich young ruler from the Kingdom. It’s one thing to have God as a boss. It’s one thing to have God as an example. It’s one thing to have God as a genie in a bottle. It’s one thing to have God as a helper. But if you want God to be your Saviour, you have to replace what you’re already looking too. Everybody has something. What is it for you?
Resources for loving children like Jesus
If we love Jesus, then we will love children too, and children will love us, because they will see in us the same love that attracted children to Jesus. In this message we noted that the people bring the kids to Jesus. Today we bring them to Jesus by reading them Bible stories, by calling them to faith and repentance, and modelling for them what it looks like to abide in Jesus.
Below are some of the best resources
- Family Discipleship attached below ( Village Church Texas)
- www.risenmotherhood.com/children ( Many books and resources at this link
Matthew 19:1-12 // Marriage, Divorce & Remarriage
In this sermon Jesus is confronted by Pharisees who ask him “Is it lawful to divorce one's wife for any cause?” It is in his answer we learn God's heart and purpose for marriage, what he teaches about the seriousness of divorce and what grounds He allows for remarriage