Sermons from July 2023
In 1 Samuel 10:17-27 Saul is publicly chosen as King. Samuel reiterates the sinfulness of the request and yet God still gives the people what they want. Such is the danger of making sinful requests of God.
Matthew 14:34-36 contains a brief summary of Christ’s healing ministry. Those who recognized Him went to Him for healing. The natural response of understanding who Christ is is to go to Him for salvation.
In 1 Samuel 10:1-16 Saul is privately anointed king of Israel and is given signs of confirmation which culminate in the Spirit coming upon him and turning him into “another man”. Saul receives the benefits of the work of the Spirit, and yet his reign is disastrous and he likely was not a believer. How then are we to understand the work of the Spirit in this context? We are to understand that the Spirit can give gifts to equip…
In Matthew 14:22-33 Matthew records Christ’s miracle of walking on water. His walking on water, like the feeding of the 5,000, is meant to be compared to Elisha who made an axe head float. Christ, however, has done much more both by walking on the water and by commanding Peter to do so as well. The disciples understand the significance as they respond to this miracle by worshipping Him as the Son of God.
In 1 Samuel 9:1-27 Saul, the king like the nations, is introduced. He is described as a great man, from a noble family, who is humble, and receives the Word of God. Surely, if having a king like the other nations is going to work it will with Saul. His reign, however, will be disastrous. The example of Saul teaches us not to look on outward appearance but to trust in God who sees the heart. Such is the contrast…
In Matthew 14:13-21 Matthew records the very familiar miracle of Christ feeding the 5,000. What does this teach us about Christ? That he is the better Elijah who feeds more with less, the better Moses who provides manna in the wilderness, the Messiah who sets before His people a glorious feast, and ultimately, the one who is Himself the bread of life who satisfies His people.