Sermons on The Christian Life

Sermons on The Christian Life

Matthew 12:33-37

In Matthew 12:33-37 Jesus concludes his response to the Pharisees and their accusation against him that he casts out demons by Beelzebub. Christ says that the words a person speaks reveals the contents of their heart. Thus, this blasphemy from the Pharisees reveals the blasphemous character of their hearts. Not only this, but Christ declares that on the last day the true nature of the heart will be revealed by the words a person has spoken.

Hebrews 5:11-6:3

In Hebrews 5:11-6:3 the author speaks about the difficulty of explaining Christ’s priesthood to the church. The reason it is difficult is not because of the material, which is admittedly complex, but rather that the church has become slow of hearing. The church has become like those who need milk, not solid food. In the Christian faith, there is an expectation that Christians will progress and grow in maturity. If this is not happening, something is wrong.

Hebrews 4:14-16

In Hebrews 4:14-16 the author, summarizing his exhortations to this point, calls up on Christians to hold fast to their confession of faith and to approach the throne of grace with confidence. All of this in light of the glory of our great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus Christ, who is able to sympathize with us in our weaknesses.

Hebrews 3:7-19

In Hebrews 3:7-19 the author of Hebrews exhorts the people of God to remain faithful to God in light of the example of unfaithfulness of God’s people in the wilderness under Moses. All of them had received great blessings, just as all in the church have great blessings. They still turned away, however. Their unfaithfulness carries an implicit exhortation to all who live after them, to cling to God and to encourage others to do the same.

Matthew 11:7-15

In Matthew 11:7-15 Christ explains the greatest of John. His greatness comes from his place in redemptive history as the forerunner of the Messiah. His coming means that the end-time kingdom of God has been established. Christ says that those who understand this are desperately seeking to enter the kingdom of God. As great as John is, all of those who enter this kingdom after him, who live after the resurrection of Christ, are even greater than he is. Every…

Matthew 11:1-6

In Matthew 11:1-6, Matthew begins recording responses to Christ’s ministry (chs. 11-12). Here, surprisingly, John the Baptist sends messengers from prison to ask Jesus if he really is “the coming one”. Jesus responds to John’s doubts by pointing John to Scripture, while showing him that he is the fulfillment of it, and by pronouncing a blessing on all those who remain true to him. God has provided these means to help doubting saints in every age.

Matthew 10:34-42

In Matthew 10:34-42 Christ says that he has not come to bring peace but a sword. How can this be? Though there are many ways in which Christ does come to bring peace, one of the effects of his coming is that people come divided against each other. This is because Christ demands absolute devotion and obedience. There is to be nothing in life that challenges this, even one’s family. This is the cost of following Christ. In the end,…

Matthew 10:24-33

In Matthew 10:24-33 Christ continues to warn the disciples of coming persecution. One of the great challenges in persecution is fear. How can a Christian face persecution without fear? Christ tells the disciples not to fear men, rather fear God. His judgments are worse than anything man can do. He is sovereign. And he cares for you.

Hebrews 2:1-4

In Hebrews 2:1-4 the author brings the exhorts christians to remain true to Christ. If Christ really is so much greater than the angels, then it is a great sin to turn away from him. It is the understanding that Christ is infinitely glorious that enables Christians to remain faithful to Christ in the face of great opposition. How can anyone turn away from such a glorious savior?

Matthew 10:16-23

In Matthew 10:16-23 Christ tells the disciples that they will be persecuted as they bring the message of the gospel to the Jews. As it was then, so it is now. The church has been given the task of making known the gospel to the ends of the earth, but it will not come without persecution. Christians must be willing to suffer as they hold out the word of life to a lost world.

Matthew 10:1-15

In Matthew 10:1-15 Christ calls the twelve and gives them instructions for the preaching of the gospel to the Jews. At this point, the message of the gospel is to go to the Jews only because they were the people of God. This mission given while Christ was on earth parallels the mission given to the church after his resurrection, which is expanded beyond the Jews to the whole earth. What should the church preach? Is the message urgent? Christ…

Matthew 9:35-38

In Matthew 9:35-38, having completed a number of miracles that proved his authority, Christ now turns his attention to the propagation of the message of the kingdom. In this context he says that the harvest is plentiful but the laborers few. Though many will reject the message, Christ maintains that the harvest is plentiful. There will be many who believe. The propagation of the gospel is dependent on God sending preachers into the world. Therefore, all can be involved in…
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