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The Matthew Series - Matthew 43. Faith to move mountains

Matthew 17:14-23 English Standard Version (ESV) Jesus Heals a Boy with a Demon 14 And when they came to the crowd, a man came up to him and, kneeling before him, 15 said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he has seizures and he suffers terribly. For often he falls into the fire, and often into the water. 16 And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not heal him.” 17 And Jesus answered, “O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.” 18 And Jesus rebuked the demon,[a] and it[b]came out of him, and the boy was healed instantly.[c] 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it

The Matthew Series 42. The Transfiguration

Matthew 17:1-13 New International Version (NIV) The Transfiguration 17 After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2 There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. 3 Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. 4 Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” 5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Liste

Church Under Pressure 4. We Believe the Bible

1 Thessalonians 2: 13 - 16 Our Baptist heritage lies with those who believe the Bible. We still believe the Bible. Through all the incredible changes of the 20th and 21st century this congregation has never wavered for one second from the most important truth that brought us into existence. Whatever else you can say about us, we are a Bible-believing church. With that as background, and using the words of the apostle Paul as our guide, I want to answer one very important question: What does it mean to believe the Bible? Our text suggests 3 answers to that question. 1. Believing the Bible Means Accepting Its Authority in Every Area of Life v. 13 Paul uses 2 words in v. 13 to explain what

The Matthew Series 41. DYING TO LIVE

When I was a teenager I remember enjoying a funny movie called Rat Race. It stars actors like Cuba Gooding Junior, Whoopi Goldberg, Jon Lovitz, Rowin Atkinson, John Cleese and Kathy Bates and tells the story of a bunch of high-rolling gambling addicts that are bored with life and come up with a new thing to bet on. They round up a motley group of average families and individuals, give them each a key to a safe situated cross-country, and tell them that the first one to arrive at the safe can keep the $2m inside. The movie is a comical look at how much each family or person endures to win that money. They more-or-less happily endure hot-air-balloon crashes, helicopter crashes, run-ins with lu

Church Under Pressure 3. Mothers’ Day - Ministry That Makes a Difference

1 Thessalonians 2: 7 - 12 "No one cares how much you know till they know how much you care.” God has blessed this church in many ways. What is the secret? Someone recently told me - “You speak the language of love. That’s the secret.” What a wonderful thought. Speaking the language of love ought to be the heart and soul of every church. But love has many faces—some soft, some stern. Love doesn’t mean the same thing to every person every time. But this much is true. Love must be present for any church to prosper. That’s the meaning of the saying, “No one cares how much you know till they know how much you care.” In our text Paul explains what love looks like in the outworking of human relati

The Matthew Series 40. Peter’s first response to the Cross

Matthew 16:20-23 New International Version (NIV) 20 Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah. Jesus Predicts His Death 21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. 22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!” 23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” So, this week and

Church Under Pressure 2. Unquestioned Integrity

1 Thessalonians 2: 1 - 6 People with integrity have their act together. There are no loose ends that threaten their reputations. A person with integrity is not divided (duplicity) or merely pretending (hypocrisy). People with integrity have nothing to hide and nothing to fear. Their lives are open books. We have an integrity crisis today. South Africans are not only deeply divided; we don’t know who to trust. How does that apply to the church today? Only a ministry with integrity will stand the test of time. Everything else fades away—fads come and go, glitz will attract people but it won’t hold them, good programmes lose their appeal, new buildings grow old, pastors stay for a while and t

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