"Morning" Tagged Sermons
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.
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.
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.
Some say that because the gospel is gracious and offers forgiveness from sins this means the law no longer plays a role in the Christian life. Does the gospel nullify the law? This was a common charge against Christ and those who followed him, namely, that what they preached undermined following Moses. Jesus addresses this issue in Matthew 5:17-20 and shows that, far from undermining the law, Jesus in the gospel gives the law its full significance and shows that it is still applicable to the life of the believer.
Isaiah 7:1-16 contains the famous prophecy of the virgin giving birth to a son named “Immanuel” and is part of the larger “book of Immanuel” in chapters 7-12. What was the context of this prophecy? The people of Judah and the house of David faced terrible trials as enemies seemed to be surrounding them on every side. What hope did the prophets give the people? The coming of the Messiah. Though the troubles of life tempt us to take our eyes off of Christ, ultimately, he is the only hope we have.
In Matthew 5:13-16 Jesus says that the people of God are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. This is what the church is by nature and therefore her purpose is to glorify God in all that she does. The church is not to retreat from the world but permeate it to spread the gospel of grace to a lost and dying world.
Matthew 5:3-12 is the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount and Christ’s famous beatitudes where he makes surprising statements about who will receive the blessings of the Kingdom of God, which has come with Christ the King. Though the King has come, there will still be suffering in this world, and those who maintain godliness in the context of waiting for the full consummation of the Kingdom will have its blessings on the last day.
In Matthew 5:1-2 Jesus gives his famous Sermon on the Mount. He gives this sermon as the reigning King and lawgiver of the coming Kingdom of God, showing what true devotion to God looks like. Christ is the King as David’s son, the lawgiver as the new Moses, and the reigning Son of God. As such he teaches with authority, showing what being a true member of God’s kingdom looks like.
Peter’s last word on suffering in 1 Peter 5:6-14 is about God’s great power in the midst of suffering. How does an understanding of God’s infinite power influence the way a Christian suffers? Peter addresses this theme with respect to the believer’s relationship to God and Satan. Humble yourself before God in light of God’s power; resist the devil in light of God’s power.
This past election season was the most contentious in recent history. The country seems to be divided over different ideologies and goals for the country. How should Christians think about such things? Does the Bible address things like Socialism? How should Christians respond to difficult elections? All of these questions are addressed in this sermon on Psalm 146 where the Psalmist reminds us that we do not put our hope in princes.
In Psalms 8, the psalmist reminds us of the excellence and greatness of God, and that we are created in His image. He sovereignly ordains everything, all that we understand, and all that we do not. Our anxieties are a product of sin. When we face difficult times, the psalmist reminds us that man has been crowned in glory and honor by God, to be strong in the face of uncertainty because He will never leave or forsake us.