Sermons from November 2021

Sermons from November 2021

Deuteronomy 31:1-13

In today’s world masculine virtues and male leadership is derided and rejected.  What was required for transitioning from Moses’s leadership to Joshua’s?  Moses gives the answer in Deuteronomy 31:1-13: Strength and courage.  Masculine strength and courage that the world has forgotten.  Courage rooted in faith, upheld by the Word of God.

Matthew 9:1-8

In Matthew 9:1-8 Christ heals a paralytic, but the healing of the paralytic is not the emphasis in the story.  This miracle is actually used to prove a more significant point: Christ has the authority to forgive sins.  If you believe in Christ, then take heart, your sins are forgiven.  If you doubt like the scribes, you will be counted as a blasphemer.

Deuteronomy 30:11-20

In Deuteronomy 30:11-20 Moses gives his concluding exhortations to the people of God to choose life.  He emphasizes that the Word of God is not far off or difficult.  It is near, even in our very mouths.  This Word is even nearer to us through Christ who came down from heaven and died in our place.  Moses then places life and death before the people.  This choice is placed before all in the call of the gospel.  By faith in…

Matthew 8:28-34

In Matthew 8:28-34 Christ shows his sovereign authority over demons.  Though the two demon possessed men in the account terrified others, the demons controlling them are terrified of Jesus.  After being sent out into pigs which run down a high and die, the townspeople are left with a choice: do they rejoice over those who were delivered from the power of demons and believe in Christ who has such power, or do they concern themselves more with the financial loss…

Deuteronomy 30:1-10 (Part 4)

In Deuteronomy 30:6 Moses prophesies that God will circumcise the hearts of his people.  By speaking of this inward circumcision that God will sovereignly accomplish, Moses distinguishes between outward circumcision, which all the Jews received, from inward circumcision, which God gives through Christ.  Baptism, the new circumcision, has the same outward/inward dichotomy.  The Scriptures teach us to look to God to grant the new heart sovereignly, rather than placing our hope merely in the outward sign as the Catholics and…

Matthew 8:23-27

In Matthew 8:23-27 Jesus calms the winds and waves showing that he is the sovereign Lord of the universe.  If this is the case, then those who believe in him should not fear, for Christ has shown both that he is mighty and that he is for his people.  This means that no matter what difficulty we face Christ will see us through until he returns and restores all things.  Do not fear, rather believe.

Deuteronomy 30:1-10 (Part 3)

In Deuteronomy 30:1-10 Moses speaks fo the days when God will circumcise the hearts of his people. The fact that this is necessary shows that without God first circumcising the heart, no one can believe. Deuteronomy 30:1-10 shows that the entire Bible is one great story of God’s sovereign grace. Everything that we have, even faith, is a gift of God. May God be praised for his marvelous mercy to men.

Matthew 8:18-22

In Matthew 8:18-22 two people come to Jesus who are willing to follow him. Their understanding of what discipleship means, however, was lacking. What does it mean to follow Christ? It means following him even if it means losing everything. Following Christ must be the highest priority in your life. Matthew does not record how these men respond. The question is left open because it is a question for all: Will you make following Jesus the highest priority in your…