In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus addresses the universal desire of all of our hearts, to be satisfied. There is one way and only one way to be eternally satisfied and it is only through Jesus Christ. Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be satisfied.
This week Pastor Matthew discusses how Christians should think, feel and pray in response to the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.
Through the beatitudes Jesus gave a beautiful description of those who participate in his kingdom. In this passage we discover who the people are who are truly blessed.
The Sermon on the Mount is the most famous sermon in the world. This morning we read it in its entirety and briefly examine how to rightly to apply this teaching to our lives.
Jesus presence, message and the beginning of his ministry inaugurate the Kingdom of God in a way never before experienced on earth. Not only is Jesus calling for repentance, he is inviting us to participate in the Kingdom of God in an extraordinary way.
We see Jesus begin his ministry as he’s going to finish. His message and the obedience we see in the first disciples show us God’s purpose and how follows are called to gathering those who are lost.
In Matthew 4, Jesus is led into the wilderness to experience what we all experience, temptation. Immediately after being baptized, Jesus is tempted by the devil. Satan uses familiar techniques in tempting Jesus; He perverts the Word of God and calls Jesus sonship into question. However, Jesus proves himself as the faithful Son of God.
God asks Israel to step out in faith and prepare to receive more children into the family of God. This Orphan Sunday, we examine God’s call to care for the orphan and behold the beautiful promises of God for those who participate in this call.
In an astonishing act of humility, Jesus comes forward to be baptized by John the Baptist to “fulfill all righteousness”. Indeed, this was the reason Jesus came, to perfectly fulfill the requirements of the law so that we might become the righteousness of God.
After 400 years of silence since the prophet Malichi, God speaks to the people of Israel. John the Baptist comes onto the scene proclaiming a message of repentance and pointing to the coming ministry of Christ. This message described how God would draw near to his people and identify them, no longer through ethnicity, but through his awesome act of mercy received by repentance and faith. This message spread beyond the boundaries of Israel to the world and continues still today as God calls all nations to confess, repent, and be baptized.