Sermons by Rev Nathan Muse
In this passage, we find one of the greatest moments in human history. Jesus is presented to his people and to the city of Jerusalem as their Messiah and King. Celebration begins and the enthusiastic crowds accompany him and his disciples into the city. But all is not as it appears.
Why did Jesus come to earth and how does His Kingdom operate? These are the very question that Jesus answers for His disciples in Matthew 20. While they were wondering about power and authority, Jesus talked about service and then He showed them what He meant.
What was Jesus’ view of marriage? What about Singleness? Oh, and what about children – their place and importance? Thankfully, we do not need to guess. Rather, Jesus speaks to all of these important topics in just a few short verses. Yet, He does so in such a way that the people who heard Him were very surprised by what He had to say. Just as in His day, what Jesus taught on these issues remains counter-cultural still.
It might surprise people to know that some of the reasons and allowances for divorce in Jesus’ day are very similar to our society’s view in the modern day. In this passage, the religious leaders try to catch Jesus by giving Him a trick question on a difficult topic – divorce. But Jesus does not fall for their ploy, rather, He uses the opportunity to clearly explain God’s original purpose and design for marriage.
How can Christians love one another when we disagree about a matter that is not specifically mentioned in the Bible? How can we still fight for unity in a church and love for individual Christians when we hold different views. This is not a new problem. In fact, Paul spends more than 10% of his letter to the Romans dealing with this very question. What he says is vitally important for the current situation of the church.
What is the role of human government and how are Christians to respond to human government? Romans 13 is a familiar passage on these topics but it is also a passage that is often misunderstood. Join us as we consider God’s defined role for human government as well as how Christians should respond to government and God.
How should Christians confront those who have sinned against them? Can a Christian every withhold forgiveness from another person? These important questions are considered in Matthew 18 as Jesus instructs His followers how the church is to act in these challenging circumstances.
This is a fascinating passage. According to some, it teaches the idea that each of us has a guardian angel watching over us. But in most modern translations, it also has a verse missing. Finally, Jesus uses a familiar illustration but with a slightly different point for his hearers. Join us as we find out how these three items fit together.
How serious is sin? In Matthew 18, Jesus gives us His answer. As He does so, he has some strong words to say about hell and about those who try to deceive and tempt Christians toward sin and away from God in this world. His Words are a sober reminder of what is at stake.
When Jesus tells His disciples that He will soon go to Jerusalem in order to die, they respond in a strange way. Not too long after that, they begin arguing about who will be the greatest in the kingdom that Jesus is setting up. When they ask Him to answer the question for them, Jesus changes the question and teaches them a lesson from a small child. The lesson is not what they expected.