Sermon Archive (Page 3)

Sermon Archive (Page 3)

Deuteronomy 15:19-23

In Deuteronomy 15:19-23 Moses gives the law concerning offering the firstborn of an Israelite’s clean animals to God, emphasizing that the animals used in sacrifice must also be without blemish.  This law builds on the theology of the Passover and Exodus where God redeemed His people so as to spare the firstborn of Israel through the blood of a lamb.  This law was meant to be a reminder of what it takes to make an atonement whereby the people of…

Matthew 6:16-18

Fasting is something that is typically not practiced much today, but Christ assumes that Christians will be fasting in Matthew 6:16-18; however, this does not mean that all fasting is acceptable to God.  Christ explains that those who fast so as to gain a reputation for godliness before men will receive nothing from God, but those who fast for the sake of God’s glory will be honored by Him.

Deuteronomy 15:1-18

Moses continues to expound the 4th commandment in Deuteronomy 15:1-18 by explaining the year of debt cancellation that was to happen every seven years.  The seventh year points to an organic connection with Sabbath law, showing the significance of the Sabbath: it is a celebration of having our debt before God cancelled and being released from slavery.  All of this is fulfilled in Christ through his great redemption.

Matthew 6:9-15 (Part 2)

Having looked at the first three petitions of the Lord’s Prayer last week, which all deal with praying for the good of God (his name, kingdom, and will), we look this week at the last three petitions, which deal with the way in which we bring our needs before God.  Here both physical and spiritual needs are addressed by Christ, that is, the needs of both body and soul.

Deuteronomy 14:22-29

In Deuteronomy 14:22-29 Moses gives instruction for the annual and triennial tithe laws for the people of God once they enter the land.  These laws show that tithing ought to be done first for the maintenance of the worship of God and second to provide for the needs of the poor, especially among the people of God.

Matthew 6:9-15 (Part 1)

In Matthew 6:9-15 Jesus teaches his disciples how to pray with the famous “Lord’s Prayer”.  Often when Christians come to God there is a tendency to pray first and exclusively for pressing things in our own lives.  Christ, however, without neglecting the need to bring our requests for personal needs to him, emphasizes that we ought to pray first for God’s name, kingdom and will to be done.

Deuteronomy 14:1-21

The food laws in Leviticus and Deuteronomy have always been challenging to Christians.  What is the significance of these laws from Deuteronomy 14:1-21?  Ultimately these laws were meant to make a distinction between Israel, who was chosen by God and therefore holy, and the world, which is enslaved to death.  Not only that, but the doing away of the food laws shows that the nations are no longer in exile but brought near through the blood of Christ.

Matthew 6:5-15

In Matthew 6:5-15 Jesus addresses prayer and specifically what kind of prayer is pleasing to God.  As with his discussion on giving, he assumes people pray, but he also points out that some people pray and receive nothing from God.  It is not those who pray to be seen by others but rather those who pray out of love for God who are heard by him.  It is not those who repeat themselves but those who seek the sanctification of…

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.