Sermons by Pastor Matt Stevens (Page 2)

God With Us, the Advent of Jesus Christ Luke 2

Luke 2:1-38 Luke the doctor (Col. 4:14) is also Luke the historian (1:1) The personalness of Luke’s gospel indicates that Mary is one of the eyewitnesses Luke wanted to place everything he wrote about squarely in real time history Why is it so important that God works in history if the end goal is eternity? …

God With Us, the Promises and Annunciations

Luke 1 We’ve looked at a few different angles of God’s grace with his people throughout advent: Today we’re looking at Luke 1 where we read about John and Jesus’ birth announcements This chapter—the announcement of the Messiah and John the Baptist is full of fulfilment Unlike Matthew, who loves to the phrase “this was…

God with Us, Limping Along Genesis 32:22-32

Genesis 32:22-32 Advent series—God With Us, Immanuel (probably should have said that last week) Special emphasis on the difficult circumstances God uses to shape our lives and shape us in it, which he does by being with us Jacob—the father of the twelve tribes of Israel Jacob’s a little different than dad and grandpa, though…

God with Us, In His Timing Galatians 4:4-5

Galatians 4:4-5 Intro—this is a beautiful passage in the middle of Paul’s great treatise (research paper?) on Christian freedom.   It’s his Christmas passage:  Jesus was born to a woman—he was human.  Born under the law to redeem those under the law—he did what we can’t.  He obeyed the law perfectly.  And more than that, previously…

The Dreaded Cup Matthew 26:26-36

Matthew 26:36-46 Introduction:  last week I mentioned in one point that Jesus is our representative The setting:  Gethsemane was on the Mt. of Olives.  Gethsemane is a Hebrew word that means “oil press”—it was where the olives were taken to be pressed into oil And it’s where Jesus chose to make the most intense prayer…

Denying Jesus Matthew 26:30-35

Matthew 26:30-35 Introduction: Before we consider the disciples’ denying Jesus, I think it’s particularly important that we notice the end of v. 32 ,  “but after I am raised up I will go before you to Galilee.” Today we’re reminded that Jesus is our strength, turn to him, you might deny him, in fact you…

Lowest Common Denominator Matthew 26:14-25

Matthew 26:14-25 Introduction:  Looking at this again:  seeing the main points here instead of the secondary (important-but secondary() point we looked at last week Particularly focusing on the events and the two main characters here:  Jesus and Judas. On Jesus’ part: On Judas part: The Narrative:  the setup (Judas plots to betray Jesus); the story.…

The Betrayer Matthew 26:14-16

Matthew 26:14-16 (Sorry there’s no video for this sermon, the battery in the camera died) Introduction:  I’ve never met anyone named Judas.  Have you? It has every negative connotation of a bad person associated with it Not just any ol’ Betrayer either—Judas Iscariot is the man who betrayed Jesus of Nazareth, he is the. Single.…

Helplessness Matthew 26:17-25

Matthew 26:17-25 Introduction:  raise your hand if you think you’re God. That’s good…no one raised their hand Just one example—Genesis 4 It’s the same here in our passage Today:  Helplessness—why being helpless is a good thing.   1.  God’s in Control;  2. Our Response to God’s Control;  3.  Helplessness leads to Humility Do you feel helpless? …

For Love of the Savior Matthew 26:6-13

It appears that during the passion week Jesus probably spent his evenings and nights in Bethany There are so many reasons to love your Savior above all else, and God gives us ways to increase our love, not least of all, communion with Him.  Will you commune with God, give thanks for the suffering of…