Matthew 10:24-39, Confessing in Jesus

Baptism is About Allegiances (review)

[June 22, 2014] Last Sunday, Trinity Sunday, we considered the Great Commission at the end of the Gospel according to Matthew and Jesus’ mandate to disciple gentiles, baptizing them “into the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” We said that baptism . . . → Read More: Matthew 10:24-39, Confessing in Jesus

Matthew 13:36-53, Attaining the Kingdom

Review

[July 29, 2012] When Jesus began His sermon of parables, it was at a time when the opposition to His ministry from a contingent of Pharisees and His own frustration with the crowds was most acute. With His disciples gathered around Him in a house, He declared that they . . . → Read More: Matthew 13:36-53, Attaining the Kingdom

Matthew 13:36-53, The Reality of the Kingdom

Indoor Parables (Matthew 13:36a)

[September 17, 2008] Today we continue the parables of Jesus in Matthew 13. Matthew, the gospel writer, has organized his material very carefully into themes. You recall that the beginning of Matthew’s gospel presents Jesus as the Kingdom of the Heavens in His own person, who invites people . . . → Read More: Matthew 13:36-53, The Reality of the Kingdom

Matthew 10:5-42, The Mission Discourse

[June 3, 2012] Today is Trinity Sunday, the beginning of the season of the church. The church calendar year falls into two halves: one half stretches from Advent to Pentecost in which we celebrate our Lord Jesus; the other half stretches from Trinity Sunday to Christ the Victor Sunday in which we . . . → Read More: Matthew 10:5-42, The Mission Discourse

Matthew 5:33-48, Speak Truly, Do Not Resist One Who Is Evil, Love Your Enemy

[February 12, 2012] In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus addresses His disciples, those who have come to Him and given Him their personal commitment, who have placed their own personhood within the space of His Person and His relationship to the Father. His coming is the nearness of the Kingdom of . . . → Read More: Matthew 5:33-48, Speak Truly, Do Not Resist One Who Is Evil, Love Your Enemy