Sermons by Pastor Matt Stevens

God’s Sacrifice

John 18:33-19:16 Introduction:  isn’t it interesting that when I talk about trusting a car I mean that I trust it by using it, by working with it, by filling it with gas and oil, and taking care of it. But when I talk about trusting Christ—well, I (maybe its just me) tend to think trusting…

The Curse and Sinful Nature

Genesis 3 Introduction:  Everyone knows the old saying there are two things you can count on in this life:  death and taxes. I want add two more to that list:  bad things happen to everybody and we often respond badly to them. It gets to the heart of what we’re looking at today:  Sinful Nature…

The Serpent

Genesis 3 Introduction: First, a reminder, in this series one of my aims to give you a framework for understanding the big picture of the Bible. Last week we looked at Creation being the way forward to understand the big picture of redemption Then in Gen. 3 we read that Adam and Eve sinned To…

Creation: The Way Forward

Genesis 1-2 We’re beginning our series through some of the major redemptive moments of the Bible.  My goal is twofold: first it gives us a grid to understand the Bible; second like all of the Bible these moments give us spiritual food for our faith and living. As we see the Bible through these big…

Jesus’ Final Command

Matthew 28:16-20 Matthew begins and ends Jesus’ earthly ministry in Galilee.  Or “Galilee of the Gentiles” as it says in Matthew 4:15 “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles— the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for…

The Resurrection and You

Matthew 28:1-10 Intro:  Last week we looked at this passage to how Matthew encourages us to believe by comparing the faithful Marys along with Joseph of Arimathea with the faithless priests and pharisees. Today I’m taking us back into the resurrection so we can consider what does it do for us, besides just prove that…

Boldly Devoted

Matthew 27:57-28:15 Intro:  Sometimes when we’re watching a movie, the director tells his story by focusing on two different groups of people in two different scenes.  Matthew does something similar here.  He uses two separate groups to tell the same story: The  vignettes Boldly apply yourself to following Jesus, boldly share your savior with the…

Your Clean, New Heart

Matthew 27:32-44 The world is full of injustice.  It’s a common theme of life and it’s a common through scripture Not only is Jesus absolutely sinless, but one of the reasons for putting him to death is just plain wrong.  Look at v. 40 “you who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three…

Gospel Judgment

Matthew 27:11-26 Introduction:  “If the glove doesn’t fit, you must acquit”—Johnny Cochrane famously said in OJ’s trial for killing his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and his friend Ron Goldman.  Of course, OJ was guilty—everyone knew it—but really good lawyering got him acquitted—partly because the glove didn’t appear to fit. My point is this: there’s injustice…

Just As God Planned It

Matthew 27:1-10 The gospel message isn’t to see Jesus as the ultimate example of suffering and death so that we learn not to complain or lament our own suffering. The gospel is to see Jesus’ trials and his struggles, his suffering and his death end in God’s glorious purpose of redemption, restoration, and healing All…