Sermons from February 2021

Sermons from February 2021

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.

Deuteronomy 12:1-28, Part 2

In Deuteronomy 12:1-28 Moses explains that God will choose to set His name in a particular place once the people of God have rest all around.  Christ is the ultimate fulfillment of this.  He is the King who gives rest to all of His people, and He is the place God has chosen to set His name, the fulfillment of everything represented by the temple in the Old Testament.  Not only this, but in the gospel these blessings also apply…

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…