Sermons on Matthew

The Stronghold of Depression

Why, my soul, are you downcast?     Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God,     for I will yet praise him,     my Savior and my God. (Psalm 42:5)   “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)   Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by…

The Stronghold of Self: I Will Build My Church

13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the…

The Stronghold of Independence

“I will build my church…” (Matthew 16:18)   For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. (Romans 12:4-5)   If one part suffers, every part suffers with…

The Stronghold of Materialism

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ… (2 Corinthians 10:3-5) “No one…

Slowing Down to Hear the Lord

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.…

Palm Sunday: The Disciples & the Crowd

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried,that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures… (1 Corinthians 13:3-4)   He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you:Everything must be fulfilled that is…

Worship Creates the Desire and Ability to Follow God

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. (John 10:27) And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. (Ezekiel 36:27) I reflect at night on who you are, O Lord;     therefore, I obey your instructions. (Psalm 119:55) “Come, follow me,”…