Sermons on Matthew

Sermons on Matthew

Matthew 7:24-29

In Matthew 7:24-29, Jesus describes two kinds of people, the wise person and the foolish person. Both hear the Word of God, but only one is wise. What is the difference?  The wise person not only hears the Word of God, but also puts it into practice. Hearing the Word does not make one a Christian. The true Christian is a “doer” of the Word, not a hearer only.  Only the doers of the Word will be saved on the…

Matthew 7:21-23

In Matthew 7:21-23 Christ gives insight into what the final judgment will be like on the last day.  Christ emphasizes that not everyone who names the name of Christ will be saved.  Not everyone who confesses that Jesus is Lord truly belongs to him.  What is the criteria for determining if your confession of faith is genuine?  The work of God’s Spirit to produce holiness in your life.  We cannot rely on the gift God has given us.  We must…

Matthew 7:15-20

In Matthew 7:15-20 Jesus speaks about false teachers.  Outwardly false teachers appear harmless, but they lead many to destruction.  How can you recognize them?  Christ says by their fruit.  This is because the fruit of someone’s life shows what kind of “tree” they are, what kind of person, what kind of nature one has.  All people act according to their nature.  Salvation comes by God changing one’s nature so that he no longer follows those who produce bad fruit but…

Matthew 7:13-14

In Matthew 7:13-14 Christ begins his concluding exhortations for the Sermon on the Mount.  He exhorts his listeners to enter by the narrow gate. In doing this Christ puts two options before everyone: life and death.  There is a broad way that leads to death and a narrow way that leads to life.  How do you enter the narrow gate? Faith in Christ. How do you walk on the narrow way?  Walking in obedience to Christ.

Matthew 7:12

In Matthew 7:12 Jesus, summarizing everything he’s said in the Sermon on the Mount, gives the famous “golden rule”.  The sum of the Law and the Prophets (the OT) is to do unto others as you would have them do to you.  What does this entail?  How does this rule fulfill the law?  Is this unique to Christianity?

Matthew 7:7-11

In Matthew 7:7-11 Christ commands his disciples to pray. Why? Because God hears the prayers of His people and answers them. This ought to encourage Christians to pray to God for all of their needs.  If a sinful father knows to give good things to his children, so God gives good things to his children.

Matthew 7:1-6

“Judge not, lest you be judged.” This verse from Matthew 7 is probably the most misquoted and applied verse in the Bible.  Typically it is used to denounce Christians for pointing out sin in the world.  This, however, is required in the gospel.  What does the verse mean? Fundamentally it means that one ought not to judge with a measure that one is not willing to see applied to oneself. Ultimately this measure is to be the Word of God,…

Matthew 6:25-34

Many people today feel constantly stressed, like there is no peace.  Christ addresses this issue in Matthew 6:25-34, where He shows that not being worried follows from serving God rather than Mammon (6:24).  Ultimately, God is the one who provides for the needs of His people as He does the needs of all of His creatures.  In light of this truth, along with the fact that life is more than simply the things of this life (6:25), Christians ought to…

Matthew 6:19-24

In Matthew 6:19-24 Christ gives three sayings that all describe what it looks like to be truly devoted to God.  It means seeking treasure in heaven, having a good eye that looks to the glory of God, and that serves God rather than Mammon.  Ultimately, everyone must choose whom they are going to serve: God or something else.  Christ warns against the kind of self-deception that believes you can do both.  Be warned!  You cannot serve two masters.

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.

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.