Sermons on Matthew

Sermons on Matthew

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.

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.

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…

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…

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.

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…

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.

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.

Matthew 5:21-26

In Matthew 5:21-26 Jesus gives his authoritative interpretation of the sixth commandment. He shows that the sixth commandment regarding murder extends even to our thoughts and words. Such an interpretation shows the necessity of seeking love and reconciliation with others, especially with other Christians. Whether you are the one who sinned against another or the one who has been sinned against, it is your duty to seek love with others.