There is a parable in Matthew’s Gospel that addresses the question of opposition to the Kingdom or opposition to the Gospel of Jesus. It is good to remember that when the church, or a mission, or a Christian ministry of some kind, or if you as a believer, face opposition, that this is not a surprise and that it is something we can respond to in a positive way.
When you stop and consider all the details, the coming of Jesus was disruptive in a number of ways. It disrupted those happy about his coming and those rather unhappy about it. Pastor Mike walks us through these disruptions and suggests that we need to be open to the disruptions that God brings into our lives.
May seem an obvious question to be asking: Who is Jesus? But just as the crowds in Jerusalem were asking that Palm Sunday, Pastor Jim suggested that we, too, should ask if we really know and live as if Jesus is who he is.
Lots of time spend looking forward to Christmas day; the preparations, the anticipation, etc. Well enough, but now what? Pastor Jim walks us through the 2nd Chapter of St Matthew’s gospel which reveals an amazing story; at least as fascinating as what let up to the birth of Christ.
Not quite Palm Sunday, but Pastor Jim’s sermon was fantastic on the subject! Wow! Almost unbelievable how God/Jesus made history come together that last week of Jesus’ earthly life.
As Jesus preached to good new of the kingdom to the crowds in Judea and Galilee, many, if not all, had tons of issues just like people do today. Yet Jesus did not look at them accusingly, but with compassion. Sure, they should have chosen better; sure they should not have continued with their bad habits. But Jesus saw their need and reached out in compassion. Healing them. Teaching them. Loving them.
You can have a lot of things right; be in the right place; be with the right people… but you might still not really ‘be ready’. In the parable in Matthew 25 10 virgins were had so much in common, yet only 5 entered the chamber of the bridegroom for the wedding celebration. 5 others were told: “I don’t know you.” They were not really ready. Are we? This is the question Pastor Tim Whalen asks us in today’s sermon.
God’s vision for the church has always been the same; expressed in various ways, but the same vision, nonetheless. One way of looking at this vision is through the perspective of the “Six Greats”: the great promise, the great commandment, the great commission, the great witness, the great mission and the great multiplication. Pastor Dan walks us through this in today’s sermon.