Sermons on Matthew

Sermons on Matthew

Matthew

The Unmerciful Servant

Matthew 18:21-35 Jesus says we should forgive without limit. But how can this possibly be reasonable? Because, and only because, of what has been done for us in the gospel. We must, therefore, ask ourselves a few hard questions: Do we see clearly the enormity of the debt of sin we owe to God? Have our hearts been moved by the overwhelming generosity of God in forgiving our sin, through Christ? Will this make a real difference in our lives,…

The Greatest Treasure

Matthew 13:44-46 Jesus tells two stories to teach us that life forever with God through Jesus is the most precious thing in the whole world. If we really believe this is true, we’ll be willing to give up everything to get what Jesus offers us.

The Wise and Foolish Builders

Matthew 7:24-27 In this parable Jesus contrasts two kinds of builders – the wise builder and the foolish one. He presents his hearers with a choice – to be wise or foolish themselves. The wise person recognises the reality that God’s word is to be heard and done! The foolish person thinks God’s word is only to be heard. To be kingdom people is to not only hear Jesus’ words but put them into practice.

The Parable of the Four Soils

Matthew 13:1-23 The parable of the soils challenges us to ask the question, “which soil am I?” How do we respond to Jesus and his word? Is my heart fertile soil for Jesus’ words?

Born is the King

Matthew 2:1-12 That first Christmas, a king was born. And he’s still king today. As we take a closer look at the way that Herod, the wise men and the religious leaders respond to the birth of Jesus we’re led to ask “which of these characters am I most like?” How do you respond to King Jesus?

God’s personal invitation

Matthew 22:1-14 Everyone loves a good wedding … or do they? It seems not, especially when it comes to the heavenly wedding banquet God has planned. The parable Jesus told about this wedding reveals three particular responses to God’s invitation. Some are outright rejecters. Some are grateful (if undeserving) accepters. Others are self-righteous impostors. The invitation is clear and very gracious, but we must all respond personally. What is your response?

The Final Word

Matthew 28 The resurrection was God’s final word against sin, Satan and death. Jesus then speaks some final words of instruction to those who claim to follow him. Listen as we consider what it means for us to make disciples of the risen Jesus.

Two ways of seeing the death of Jesus

Matthew 26-27 How are Christians supposed to feel about the death of Jesus … sad? angry? happy? In this message Pastor Murray explores this question. Certainly the events leading to the crucifixion are excruciating. The graphic nature of the gospel accounts is meant to fill us with horror. What Jesus suffered on our behalf was unbelievably cruel. But there was a divine twist to this cruelty. In the tragedy of the cross, God was defeating Satan and opening the way…

No More Questions

The Jewish leaders have been challenging Jesus’ authority in various ways.  Now they ask a series of trick questions about the law, in the hope of catching Jesus out.  Jesus stuns the crowds with his answers, but eventually he asks them the one question that matters: “Who is Jesus really?”  If Jesus is really God, then whether we’re a disinterested unbeliever or a Christian who’s compromising, the one thing we must not do is take Jesus lightly.  He is the…

Authority issues

The religious leaders come questioning Jesus’ authority before Jesus rebukes them with three parables which outline the nature of authority in God’s kingdom. We’re left to consider what it means for us to live under the authority of God in His kingdom. Matthew 21:23-22:14

The King Commands Attention

For centuries the Jews had longed for a Messiah-King to save them as a nation.  Finally the day came when Jesus presented Himself to them as that King.  But what sort of king?  A humble King riding on a donkey, yet a fearless King who would overthrow the whole broken religious system.  King Jesus reigned from the cross five days later, and He still reigns in the lives of everyone who will receive Him by faith today. Matthew 21:1-22