Sermons on Matthew

Sermons on Matthew

Outing Jesus

Matthew 3:13-17 The person we know as John the Baptist was born to a family with a rich priestly lineage. His father, Zechariah was a priest who served in the Temple, and his mother’s genealogy could be traced back to Aaron, who was the brother of Moses and the original priest of the Jewish priesthood. So, the assumption was that John would grow up to follow in his parent’s footsteps. But John had other plans. Or, you could say, God…

Are We There Yet? -Love

Matthew 1:18-25 With the lighting of the Candle of Love this morning we have completed our circuit around the Advent wreath. We are nearer than ever to the end of our Advent journey together, and what we discover is that the best has been saved for last. And the best is love. The Bible tells us that God is love! Love is the essence of God’s nature. And since we are created in God’s image, then love is—at least in…

Every Day an Ash Wednesday

Preached FCCW, March 6, 2019, Ash Wednesday 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 and Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 The church calendar is filled with holy seasons, like Advent, Epiphany, and lent; and holy days like Christmas, Easter, Pentecost – and the one we are here to observe tonight, Ash Wednesday. Often, there are certain visible and tangible practices associated with these special times. Like being anointed with ashes on Ash Wednesday.

The Covert King

Ephesians 1:15-23 and Matthew 25:31-46 Preached FCCW  November 26, 2017 (Christ the King Sunday) There is a story that comes to us from out of the 16th century about a great leader of the church by the name of Bishop Hugh Latimer. One Sunday morning he entered his pulpit and looked out to see King Henry VIII in the congregation. I’m guessing that Old Henry wasn’t hard to spot out there in the pews. He might have worn his crown…

The Things That Are God’s

Preached FCCW 10-22-2017 Matthew 22:15-22 and 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10   According to the laws of Newtonian physics, no two objects can occupy the same space at the same time. Which, long before an apple ever dropped on Newton’s head, was already an established fact. Not based on any Law of physics, but on the Law of simple common sense. The kind of common sense that the Pharisees and Herodians trusted in to rid themselves of Jesus.

God’s Sharecroppers

Matthew 21:33-46 Preached FCCW, October 15, 2017 Like most of you, I’ve been watching the frightening images of the deadly wildfires that are ravaging Northern California. It’s hard to believe it’s the same place of such serene beauty that Sue and I saw when we vacationed in Napa Valley years ago.

Kingdom Wages

Matthew 20:1-16 Preached FCCW 9-24-2017 Jesus taught about many things, but by far, his favorite talking point was the Kingdom of Heaven. Now, the Kingdom of Heaven is not the kind of Kingdom, that can be located on a map. Neither is it Heaven – as in a place with angels on clouds strumming harps. When Jesus spoke about the Kingdom of Heaven, what he was describing was the world as God intended it to be. A world of righteousness,…

A Holy Disrespect

Preached FCCW October 1, 2017 Matthew 21:23-32 In order to understand the full meaning of the story I just read, you need to rewind the clock by 24 hours. That would take you to a different scene in the Jerusalem Temple. There is Jesus, flipping over the tables of the money changers and chasing everyone out of the Temple who was using it for a marketplace instead of as a house of worship. In a fit of righteous anger, he…

Being Generous to Others, as God Has Been Generous to Us

Matthew 18:21-35 Preached 9/17/2017 On the Sunday chosen to kick-off our “Generous Giving” campaign, you  think that there must be a better starting place than a parable about a man who is so deep in debt that he comes within a hairsbreadth of having himself and his family sold into slavery as restitution. Or, who, after being graciously forgiven the large debt he owes, turns around, seizes another man by the throat and demands that the man immediately repay a…

Turn Aside

Text Exodus 3:1-15 and Mathew 16:24-26 Preached FCCW, September 3, 2017 A street in London named Brick Lane has gained a reputation as the most dangerous place in the city for mobile phone users. This dubious distinction comes from the fact that it claims the highest rate in the country for people bumping into lampposts because they’ve got their eyes glued to their phone screens. One group of concerned citizens went so far as to propose cushioning lampposts to decrease…

Living Sacrifice

Romans 12:1-8  and Matthew 16:13-20 Preached FCCW, August 27, 2017 I don’t know where the expression, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do,” originated; but I’m willing to bet that it didn’t start with the Apostle Paul. After all, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” is basically saying that you should conform to your cultural surroundings. That you should blend in; follow the crowd.

Nevertheless, She Persisted

Matthew 15:21-28 Preached FCCW August 20, 2017   When she was a young woman in Switzerland during the waning days of WWII, the famous psychiatrist and author, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, joined an international relief organization, where she provided medical care to refugees in a makeshift German clinic. Her father had strong reservations about his daughter’s plans, but gave his approval on the condition that she promise to never enter the country of Poland. His prejudice against the Polish people was so…

Stepping Out in Faith

Matthew 14:22-33 Preached FCCW August 13, 2017   In the epic Viet Nam War film, “Apocalypse Now,” there’s a scene where the American crew of a river patrol boat disembark on a dense jungle shore, where they have an unexpected confrontation — not with the Viet Cong — but with a ferocious tiger. Running for their lives, they just barely make it back to the safety of their vessel without being eaten alive by the tiger. As the boat pulls…

The Steep Threshold at the Doorway to the Miracle

Matthew 14:13-21 Preached FCCW August 6, 2017   At a social gathering two tables were set with a fountain of punch on each table. On one table, a sign read “NON-ALCOHOLIC.”  On the other table the sign warned that the punch was spiked with alcohol. The “ALCOHOLIC” sign was accidentally knocked off the table and before anyone had noticed and replaced it, the pastor of a notoriously legalistic church approached the table, filled his glass with the unmarked punch and…

Independence Day: Part 2

Romans 7:15-25a and Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 Preached FCCW July 9, 2017   Joni Ericson was only 15 when she was permanently paralyzed from the neck down in a diving accident. Joni describes her memory of lying on a hospital gurney, when she noticed that the sheet covering her had slipped to the side. In her modesty, Joni desperately wanted to cover herself. But as much as she wanted to make her arms and hands move, they simply would not respond.…
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