Sermons on Matthew
There must be more: our faith is meant to be lived!!!
TRINITY UNITED CHURCH: NOVEMBER 19, 2023 SUMMARY: WASTED TALENTS Matthew 25:4-30 We really do need to stop burying what we’ve been given. Our reading, from Matthew 25:14- 30, is complex. It is easily misunderstood as we wrestle to get what Jesus may be saying. Just what are we to understand from this? Where is there possibly something good for us to hear? Notice who Jesus was speaking to, and what he was actually speaking about: he was speaking to his disciples about what life…
‘Love’, then, is understood as the invisible energy that works by holding everything together
PAYING OF TAXES TO CAESAR (Matthew 22:15-22) We, as a faith community of Christ followers, are intended to be living in a way that is different from the so-called ‘world’. Jesus was truly counter-cultural. He was so then, and he is still no less so now – in every part of the world where he is followed today. To follow Jesus – and the way of Jesus – is to be part of a lifelong journey of counter-cultural transformation which…
What does God mainly require of us: right words or right actions?
God is totally unfair – in terms of God’s economy, God’s way of doing things – totally unfair!
There is never a good outcome to our holding onto the crippling effects of unforgiveness
And so, we must be shocked as we digest Jesus’ words in today’s text – it’s meant to shock us!
Our reading touches on the clean hearts but dirty hands with which we are called to live.
Most of our everyday choices are not between what is clearly and totally good or clearly and totally bad but, instead, lie within various complicated shades of grey
The ‘peace’ that Christ promises is never about just the serving of our comfort and avoidance of risk
what we’ve come to call ‘Gods kingdom coming on earth as it is in heaven’.
This is Jesus presenting us with a whole new way of seeing and approaching other people as well as all our reality.
Remember how light isn’t something that we ever get to see, so much as it is that by which we get to see things.
Like those Magi, each of us are on a journey.
Our prayer is that we will continue to do whatever is necessary for us to come back to what Christ considers ESSENTIAL about our faith in him.
Jesus and our politics apparently DO mix!
like those disciples in the stormy dark, we’re forced to face some really rough circumstances… That’s just when today’s text suggests Jesus shows up!
We’re talking God’s economy here.
“Why is ‘evil’ allowed to exist?”
What is our role? How aware are you of the influence your life is having there where you are?
Three questions to ask ourselves.
‘The Great Commission’ is about Jesus telling us NOT to be silent! We have our instructions: May God’s smiling on us be the result of our good and faithful response to all of what Christ instructed those 1000s of years ago, and what he still so clearly instructs today – that our lives come to model all of the loving justice, compassion and healing hope that Our Trinity God intends, the Redeeming Christ has secured, and the Empowering Holy Spirit has sealed for us all.
Summary Today’s passage (Matthew 4:1-11) reveals for us both the nature of temptation and the wiles of how we are led into temptation. Temptation draws from what we know – in Christ’s case it was his own authority as well as his deep knowledge of scripture – but then twists those things in our minds towards some toxic, nefarious end for which they were certainly not intended. There’s the Tempter’s straw man argument of ‘…if you are…then…’ To which Christ’s…
Christ’s transfiguration is presented as God’s endorsement of who Jesus is