Sermon Archive (Page 2)

Sermon Archive (Page 2)

Deuteronomy 13:1-18

In Deuteronomy 13:1-18 Moses speaks of the need to put to death false prophets, apostate family members who seek to lead others astray, and entire cities that have turned against the Lord without any pity.  The equivalent today is excommunication.  Moses roots faithful execution of discipline in the love of God.  The primary reason for faithful discipline is love for God and lack of discipline proves a defection in one’s love for God.

Matthew 6:1-4

In Matthew 6:1-4 Jesus begins speaking about good works that are pleasing to God.  He assumes that Christians will give but shows that giving in and of itself is not necessarily pleasing to God.  It matters how one chooses to give.  What makes the act of giving pleasing to God?  Here Christ focuses on the aim of it.  Giving is acceptable when it is not done for one’s own glory but rather for the glory of God to be rewarded…

Deuteronomy 12:29-32

The Regulative Principle: In Deuteronomy 12:29-32 Moses continues to expound the 2nd Commandment dealing with the right way to worship God.  What kind of worship does God accept?  We are told that God does not accept worship by idols, but also that the worship that God does accept is that which is obedient to His commands.  There are only two sources for worship practices: man and God.  True worship comes from God alone.  This principle of true worship being defined…

Matthew 5:43-48

Love Your Enemies In Matthew 5:43-48 Jesus concludes this section of the Sermon on the Mount by teaching that Christians must love their enemies thereby reflecting their Father in heaven.  This is a difficult doctrine in any circumstances, but as the Church seems to have more and more enemies it is particularly important for Christians to understand today.

Deuteronomy 12:1-28, Part 2

In Deuteronomy 12:1-28 Moses explains that God will choose to set His name in a particular place once the people of God have rest all around.  Christ is the ultimate fulfillment of this.  He is the King who gives rest to all of His people, and He is the place God has chosen to set His name, the fulfillment of everything represented by the temple in the Old Testament.  Not only this, but in the gospel these blessings also apply…

Matthew 5:38-42

Today there is much discussion about rights and fairness.  More and more Christians are facing hostile treatment.  How should a Christian respond?  Though Christians should not give up their rights, especially the right to worship, there is wisdom needed to know when to insist on our rights and when to turn the other cheek.  Christ addresses this in Matthew 5:38-42.  Though Christians may think it is fair to retaliate in light of what was done to them or to cling…

Deuteronomy 12:1-28, Part 1

Deuteronomy 12 is foundational for the worship of God for the Israelites. Here God promises to set His name in a particular place, which ends up being Jerusalem in the day of David. Pastor Grasso explains the significance of this central place for the worship of God, and the way it was fulfilled in Christ, such that now, the place God has set His name is Christ through the incarnation. If you want to come to God in worship it…

Matthew 5:33-37

It seems like the world, with its postmodern bent, is incapable of simply speaking the truth. In Matthew 5:33​-37 Jesus takes up the question of speaking the truth as it relates to oaths and vows, showing the need to let our “yes” be “yes” and our “no” be “no”. Here he also critiques the Jewish idea of swearing by something other than God, which was prohibited by Moses (Deuteronomy 6:13​). Pastor Grasso shows when oaths and vows are allowed in…

Matthew 5:31-32

Today marriage is thought to be a useless institution that is nothing more than a piece of paper validating something that was already true; however, marriage is the bedrock of society and more fundamentally of the Church. In Matthew 5:31-32 Christ shows the true importance of marriage by indicating the grave sin that accompanies any unlawful divorce thus preserving the sanctity of marriage.

Deuteronomy 11:8-32

In Deuteronomy 11:8-32 Moses concludes his exposition of the First Commandment to have no other gods before Him. As is typical for covenant contexts, he concludes with a blessing and a curse for the people depending on their obedience. The obedience required is loving God and the blessing to be received is life with God in the land. Such an exhortation applies to all people today. You must love God in order to receive the blessing of life with God in the new heavens and new earth.

Matthew 5:27-30

In Matthew 5:27-30 Christ addresses the sin of adultery, showing that the seventh commandment is about more than simply full blown adultery. It includes even looking on someone in lust outside of marriage. Christ then exhorts Christians to fight against all such sexual sins aggressively. This is a timely topic in light of the confusion regarding sexual sin in our culture.

Deuteronomy 11:1-7

In Deuteronomy 11:1-7 Moses highlights the fact that his audience have not just heard about the grace of God and His awesome works, but their own eyes have seen it. Moses teaches that this knowledge of God’s greatness and His grace actually increases the obligation to obey the law. The same holds true in the Church. The Christian’s obligation to keep the law increases as he increases in the knowledge of God. If you know the love of God, then obedience is the only correct response.