St Matthew has been bring his story, his argument about Jesus as God’s appointed King ever more detailed in terms of Jesus power and authority. After demonstrating Jesus authority over sickness, disease, nature and demons, St Matthew now turn to address or expose the root cause of all these symptoms, and to show that King Jesus also has authority to solve this root problem.
Why did Jesus use parables, stories, to teach truths? Why did the gospel writers include some and exclude others. And why did they place the parables where they did in their narrative? Pastor Mike addresses some of these questions in his sermon.
One thing special about the Old Testament Psalms is we learn how real the writers were with God. In today’s sermon Jerry Croyts spoke on Psalm 3, and it this Psalm we learn that complaining to God is significantly different than complaining about God. Many of the Psalms also point us to Jesus, and teach us how our confidence can be in him.
What do you need to do to “pass the test”? Well, JIm Scullion addresses this question from the letter of St John, chapter 2.
Pastor Mike Frison had the congregation turn our thinking to Psalm 116. In this Psalm the psalmist reviews the goodness of God in providing, saving, rescuing, directing, etc. his servant. The psalmist’s response is to give God honor; to pay his vows; offer public praise.