Sermons by Pastor Matt Stevens (Page 3)

Humiliation Matthew 26:1-16

today we begin with everybody’s favorite topic:  literary structure!  (is it just mine?)  Matthew 26:1-16 is bracketed by two similar items:  at the beginning you see Jewish leaders plotting Jesus’ death and at the end you see Judas plotting to betray Jesus to those Jewish leaders In between there’s the story of Mary (Lazarus and…

Of Sheep and Goats Matthew 25:31-46

Are you a sheep or a goat? NT scholar RT France said about this passage, “The theme of judgment which has run through chs. 23–25 here reaches its superb climax.” [1] Reminds me of:  Miss Beulah and Miss Doris old ladies best friends since childhood It could be this why we say right handed and…

Spheres of Responsibility Matthew 25:14-30

“Be diligent in the work God has given you and free from the work he has not” *There was a technical snafu yesterday and only part of the preaching was recorded, so there’s no video available with this sermon Intro: “Well done, good and faithful servant”—isn’t that what we all want to hear when we…

Wisely Plodding Along Matthew 25:1-13

Christmas in July!  This parable is about Jesus’ second advent—the big one… The Parable of the Ten Virgins—the bridesmaids Jesus uses a familiar scene, a wedding, to illustrate the overall point—“At some point it will be too late” There are some pretty obvious symbols in this parable: The parable itself is about the bridesmaids waiting…

Be Ready Matthew 24:36-51

Introduction:  remember Joseph? Not Jesus’ dad, but Jacob’s favorite son In our passage, Jesus gives us an insight into his humanity, description of the final day of his coming, a call to be ready for that day, and a warning about what will happen for those who aren’t ready. Jesus’ humanity:  v. 36—not even the…

More Sure than Creation Itself

Matthew 24:32-35 Introduction:  fig tree in 21:18-19  In the morning, as Jesus was returning to the city, he became hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the wayside, he went to it and found nothing on it but only leaves. And he said to it, “May no fruit ever come from you again!” And the…

The Faithful Journey

Matthew 24:15-28 Introduction:  Sofia from Golden Girls, “Picture it” In chapter 11, Daniel prophesies about the Abomination of Desolation Now move forward 600 years or so, Jesus of Nazareth is telling his disciples what they should expect to happen in the next 40 years: Put yourself in the disciples’ sandals for a minute: Our passage…

“Words For The Church” Matthew 23:1-39

After shutting all the mouths of his adversaries, Jesus now turns to address the crowd around him and his disciples.  He’s going to say quite a bit about what the scribes—experts in Jewish law, including the Bible—and the Pharisees are doing wrong, but wrapped up in his words are also rules regarding how the Church…

“Quiet Confidence in a Sure Savior” Matthew 22:41-46

Introduction:  put yourself in the disciples’ shoes for a second Matthew doesn’t mention anything about how the disciples’ felt, or what they did, or said—Matthew’s entire focus is on Jesus Do you believe that Jesus is the answer for every question, every problem?  The disciples were learning from Jesus and learning to trust him—later this…

“Get Your Clothes ON” Matthew 22:1-14

Introduction:  historically Christians have recognized four states that people are in, in terms of their faith Think about it like a box with two columns and two rows—so it’s one big box, made up of four little boxes Four points:  1. the Parable in two acts; 2. The People; 3. The Promised Fruit; 4.Get Your…