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The Matthew Series 39. On this rock I will build my Church

Matthew 16:13-19 New International Version (NIV) Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah 13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter,[a] and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades[b

Church Under Pressure 1. Turn, Turn, Turn

1 Thessalonians 1 4 Things You Need to Know 1. One of the oldest books in the NT. Scholars date it at approximately 50-51 AD, meaning that it was written only 18 years after Jesus’ life and death. As such it is one of the earliest pictures we have of the Christian church in the very beginning. It is, in fact, our earliest missionary document. The only books that may be older than 1 Thessalonians are Galatians and James. 2. One of the shortest books in the NT. It contains only 79 verses. You can easily read it in 30 minutes. 3. It is one of the easiest books to understand. Unlike Romans, there is no complicated theology to ponder. Everything Paul writes is simple, clear, and direct. It is not

Resurrection Hope

Resurrection Hope I… love… Easter. It is a very special time to remember the wonderful sacrifice that God made so that we – His enemies – could be His friends. I often say this: When I was a child, I grew up thinking that Christmas was the most important Christian celebration of the year. And why wouldn’t I think that? I got presents at Christmas time! But over the past several years I’ve come to realise that Christmas isn’t the most important Christian celebration in the year – Easter is. In fact, Christmas only happened so that Easter would. So, I love the story that we’re reminded of over this time of the year. Jesus, the Son of God, who never did anything wrong, allowed Himself to be bet

Easter Sunrise - "Do Not Cling To Me"

John 20:11-18 New International Version (NIV) Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene 11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. 13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. 15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have pu

Good Friday 2019 Where Grace and Wrath Meet: What the Cross Meant to God

Romans 3: 24 - 26 What happened on the bloody hill of Calvary was the single most important event in all history since the very beginning of the universe. No event can be compared to it. The cross of Jesus stands alone - “towering o’er the wrecks of time.” What did it mean to God the Father as his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, died a criminal’s death? These verses contain the very heart and soul of the Christian gospel. 3 answers to the question - What did the cross mean to God? 1. The Turning Away of God’s Wrath v. 25 “Sacrifice of atonement” means “propitiation.” Few people have ever heard the word propitiation, and fewer still understand what it means. Here’s a simple definition: Propitia

The Matthew Series 38. The yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees

Matthew 16:1-12 New King James Version (NKJV) The Pharisees and Sadducees Seek a Sign 16 Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven. 2 He answered and said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; 3 and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ [a]Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. 4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of [b]the prophet Jonah.” And He left them and departed. The Leaven of the Pharisees and Sa

Jacob’s Journals of Grace 11. From Jacob to Jesus

Genesis 49: 10; Luke 1: 33 This man of restless faith never stopped moving—from Beersheba to Bethel to Haran to Gilead to the Jabbok to Succoth to Shechem to Bethel again to Ephrathah to Migdal Eder to Mamre to Beersheba again to Egypt and finally back to the Promised Land where he was buried in the Cave of Machpelah—and those are just the moves we know about. In 147 years Jacob never let the grass grow under his feet. But now his story is over, and he passes into the list of great Bible characters. Compared to Abraham, his faith was not as great. Compared to Joseph, his worldly achievements were much less. Compared to Isaac, Jacob did very well for himself. He was not the greatest man in


Story of the old couple – “You forgot the toast!” THE FEEDING OF THE FOUR-THOUSAND Matthew 15:29-39 29Jesus left there and went along the Sea of Galilee. Then he went up on a mountainside and sat down. 30Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them. 31The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel. 32Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or th

Jacob’s Journals of Grace 10. A Good Man Dies

Genesis 47 - 50 Suppose you had 3 minutes to live and your loved ones were gathered around you waiting to hear your last words. What would you say? Perhaps you are in the hospital dying of some disease. You know the end is near. As you search your mind for the right things to say, a thousand thoughts flood your mind. What can you say in your dying moments that will sum up your life? What if you’re involved in a terrible accident on the highway? What if you have only 30 seconds? What would you say to your loved ones? How would you summarize the things that are most important to you? Since the Bible is a book of life, it should not surprise us that only a few deathbed scenes are recorded. Most


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