The Best Ending Ever (Matt 24:29-35)

When Jesus comes back to Earth, there will be no missing it! That’s the theme of Matthew 24:29-35. The First Advent of Christ may have been a stealth mission, but the Second Advent will be visible and obvious to all. In this sermon, we consider what it will be like when Jesus returns and when…

Interpreting the Signs

“Is this the End?” Chances are you have asked that question in the last few months, even if only half-seriously. If you have, you are not alone. Followers of Jesus have been asking that question ever since the beginning. In fact, that’s basically what the disciples ask at the beginning of Matthew 24. In this…

The Same Heart as Jesus

How does Jesus feel about those who reject Him? Is He coldly indifferent – shrugging them off like a shop owner watching a potential customer walk past his storefront? Or is He simmering with anger – shaking His fist at their rudeness? According to Matthew 23:37-39, neither of these is the answer. In this sermon,…

Monitoring Our Spiritual Health

Have you ever heard someone say (or maybe even said yourself) that they could never be a Christian because Christians are hypocrites? If you have, please know that Jesus is well aware of the problem. That’s why Jesus gives such a strong warning in Matthew 23:13-36 about the dangers of religious hypocrisy. In this sermon,…

Face to Face with Fear

Fear is probably one of the most common emotions people have felt as the coronavirus pandemic unfolds. There’s just so much to be afraid of – from health dangers, to economic uncertainty, to alarming instances of government overreach. Fortunately, Psalm 56 tells us just what to do when we are afraid. In this sermon, we…

The Real Road to Greatness

Maybe no phrase better captures the spirit of hypocrisy than “Do as I say, not as I do.” This phrase is also a pretty good summary of how many people approach their religious faith. That’s what many of the Pharisees in Jesus’ day were doing – and it is what too many Christians still do…

What Do You Think about the Christ?

“What do you think about the Christ?” That’s the question Jesus puts to His opponents in Matthew 22:42. And He is still putting this same question to us today: “What do WE think about the Christ?” In this sermon, we focus on three of the most important answers to this question. Text = Matthew 22:41-46…

Coronavirus & the Great Commandment

It’s hard sometimes to follow all the rules. Whether you’re talking about social distancing or the Christian life, sometimes it feels like there are so many rules you just can’t keep track of them all. That’s why Matthew 22:34-40 is such an important passage. In this text Jesus shows us the one Great Commandment that…

Two Life-Changing Questions

Some questions are trivial. “Should I wear the red shirt or the purple shirt?” is a good example. Other questions, though, can change your whole life. “Will you marry me?” is in that category. Whether she says yes or no, nothing will ever be the same once she answers. In this sermon, we consider two…