Sermon Series: The Good News of Matthew

6/7 - 8/9/2020

We live in a world where promises are made and broken every day. We wonder what we can count on, who we can trust, what agreements are actually sacred. But God is different: God has made promises to humanity from the beginning of time, and those promises were fulfilled in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and the presence of the Holy Spirit. This summer, we will journey together through the Gospel of Matthew, unearthing the deeply-rooted commitments God made to creation, and the fulfillment of God’s words in Jesus’ teaching and actions. In this deep-dive of scripture, we will find the sure footing all of us are looking for.

Messages

8/8 - 8/9/2020 | Immanuel: God is Still With Us

God is with us. In our best moments and in our worst moments, God chooses to remain with us. There is no better way to show this promise of God’s presence than the cross, death, and resurrection of Jesus. He returns to us again and again, and promises to be with us always through the Holy Spirit.

8/1 - 8/2/2020 | The Son of Man Will Return

After such an exciting arrival, Jesus begins to share the promises his disciples will need for an uncertain future. As he begins to face his final days, Christ must teach his disciples and give them one final promise.

7/25 - 7/26/2020 | The Promised King

This is the royal entry for the King that all Israel has been waiting for. Shouts of Hosanna, cloaks laid before him, and a simple donkey all point to one thing: the promised Son of David has finally arrived to take his place in Jerusalem. But it is not the place the people had hoped for.

7/18 - 7/19/2020 | The Promised Messiah

“Who do you say that I am?” So many people witnessed the miracles, the teachings, the compassion. Yet only a few believed. In Peter’s simple testimony of Jesus the Messiah, the disciples begin to understand, even if they continue to misinterpret Jesus’s teachings.

7/11 - 7/12/2020 | The Kingdom is Here

Within the miracles of Matthew chapters 14 and 15, Jesus does things only God can do. Feeding thousands, having power over creation, and even welcoming the enemies of Israel. The Kingdom of God was proclaimed by John the Baptist, and it has arrived in the presence of Jesus.

7/4 - 7/5/2020 | Immanuel: God Walks With Us

The promise of Immanuel is not just a promise of an incredible arrival, but of consistent presence throughout the ups and downs of life. Jesus walks with many kinds of people who all respond to him differently. In every circumstance, Jesus invites us to a lifelong walk of discipleship.

6/27 - 6/28/2020 | Healing is Possible

Humanity is broken in so many ways. Throughout history this is proven over and over again. In these chapters we find a glimpse into what is possible instead of the brokenness. Jesus heals the sick, in more ways than one: physical, spiritual, and relational.

6/20 - 6/21/2020 | Jesus: The New Moses

One of the most revered figures in the Bible is Moses: the prophet who escaped Egypt, the wilderness, and climbed a mountain to teach God’s people the way. This week we find a new Moses has arrived, and he’s going to go beyond anyone’s expectations.

6/13 - 6/14/2020 | God's Kingdom is Coming

In the proclamation of John the Baptist, promises of the Hebrew scriptures are realized. “One who is more powerful than I is coming….” How do we know that Jesus is the one we have been waiting for? In the proclamation of his baptism and the temptation in the wilderness, we find Jesus is worthy of the tasks ahead of him.  

6/6 - 6/7/2020 | Immanuel: God With Us

Genealogies might seem boring to modern readers, but within the names of these generations are the promises God has made to creation from the beginning of Genesis. We miss all the ways the beginning of this Gospel connects the Old and New Testaments, showing a continuous story of God’s presence in the world. As we dive into this study of Matthew, we will begin to discover the true depth of these promises as God arrives in the flesh among us.

All Series

More Than Conquerors
5/14 - 6/19/2022
In the early first century, culturally speaking, everything was positioned around the idea that a nation ought to expand and conquer to accumulate power and influence. In this way, the movement that began with Jesus was positioned well to be a religion that was focused on going out in the world, spreading its message to new nations, and converting others to this system of beliefs. The world was primed for a religious movement that would respond to the great commission, and in effect, go forth and conquer. Yet, the church was not about conquering. It did not hope to extinguish and assimilate every other person and culture. Instead, the early church grew on the basis that it had the ability to universally speak to the human condition of brokenness and offer hope and promise in the wake of that very condition. The church would be more than the conquerors. Everyone was coming to believe in the promise of God. The Gospel reached into different cultures, differently idioms and languages altogether. In this message, they preached and believed that Jesus would return again, and would return again sooner rather than later. Nobody could have fathomed the idea that 2000 years into the future, we would still be waiting on this return. They were teaching each other lessons and lifting each other up in the hopes that they would be alive to see the grand return. However, those lessons taught have a practicality that transcends any time period. In growing over this time, the church moved beyond the disciples. What was once an effort of individuals and leaders who had all had direct connections to, and conversations with, the risen Lord now transitioned to a movement of different ages, nations, and races of converted believers who had simply heard the Good News of the Gospel. They would lean on their own spiritual experiences of the divine rather than tangible interactions with God Incarnate. What will leadership look like in this new Church? Who can be a part of this faith movement? What will be required to participate? Most importantly, how do those messages speak to us today?
Appeared
4/23 - 5/8/2022
Easter has come, Christ has been resurrected. We have enjoyed the big celebrations, the Easter egg hunts, and the family meals, but we forget that there was more than an empty tomb after Christ was resurrected. There were more visits than the brief encounter of the women in the garden. A fully resurrected Christ is a free Christ. Jesus could have gone anywhere and done anything after the resurrection, and yet he chose to search for the disciples. Jesus sought out the ones who abandoned and failed him more than anyone else. The ones who swore loyalty disappeared. The ones who followed in his footsteps for three years turned their backs on the suffering Savior. The ones who pledged to help transform the world abandoned the mission in fear and shame. Yet the story of the cross and resurrection is true for each of us through the power of God’s grace: we are more than our worst moments. The worst thing is never the last thing. What might those disciples have been feeling after the cross? Can you imagine the deep silence between them? The shared knowledge of their failures? The unrelenting question: “What now?” Brene Brown defines shame as “an intensely painful feeling or experience of believing that we are flawed and therefore unworthy of love, belonging, and connection.” It is not hard to imagine the deep shame of these disciples, one that each of them knew intimately and yet did not want to name. Shame assigns identity based on our worst moments. It thrives on secrecy. It is “the fear that something we’ve done or failed to do, an ideal we’ve not lived up to, or a goal we’ve not accomplished makes us unworthy of connection” (Brene Brown, Atlas of the Heart, 137). We see over and over again in the Gospels and Acts scenes of redemption and healing through God’s grace. Jesus could have chosen to abandon the ones who left him at the cross, who pretended they did not even know him, to start from scratch with better disciples. Yet in God’s infinite grace and unrelenting love, the disciples were chosen for connection, relationship, and entrusted with the mission of Christ. Jesus confronts their failures head on. This is the Christian story: our deepest shame is redeemed and we are transformed into world-changing disciples