Biblesplain Episodes and Sermons for Matthew

My Wacky Family

January 10, 2016 – February 14, 2016

Matthew

We all have some branches of our family tree we’d like to ignore. Turns out, Jesus’ family had a few black sheep of its own. This January, we kick off our trek through Matthew with a look at the family Jesus was born into and what that might tell us about our own families and ourselves.

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We Are Family

January 10, 2016 | Matthew 1:1-17

Matthew's gospel begins with a genealogy that shows how we are all connected.

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Role Models

January 17, 2016 | Matthew 1:5

Rahab is the least likely role model, but nevertheless she shows up in Jesus's lineage.

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Skeletons in the Closet

January 24, 2016 | Matthew 1:3

While many people would want to hide the family skeletons in the closet, Matthew pulls out Jesus's and makes them dance.

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Redeemer

January 31, 2016 | Matthew 1:5

We, like Ruth, have a redeemer in Jesus.

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You're the Man

February 7, 2016 | Matthew 1:6

We all have the capacity for great evil, but God's grace can cover anything in our past.

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Legacy

February 14, 2016 | Matthew 1:14

A look at Azor, an unlikely focal point that shows us how to leave a legacy worth remembering.

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It is Written

February 21, 2016 – March 20, 2016

Matthew

Written, long ago, were prophecies about a messiah that would one day come and restore God’s relationship with his people. Matthew puts in extra effort to call these out and show how even though things seem out of control, it all goes according to plan.

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With Us

February 21, 2016 | Matthew 1:18-25

This weekend we unpack the beginning of the story of the life of Jesus. No longer is God only "above us," now he is "with us" through Jesus.

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A Tale of Two Kings

February 28, 2016 | Matthew 2:1-12

Three responses to the birth of Jesus give us a spectrum of ways we can respond to him as Savior.

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Unstoppable

March 6, 2016 | Matthew 2:13-15

Pastor Jeremy breaks down God’s unstoppable plan in the birth of Jesus.

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No More Tears

March 13, 2016 | Matthew 2:16-18

Matthew shows us how the worst events in our lives can be turned around and used for good in part four of our series, "It is Written".

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Nowheresville

March 20, 2016 | Matthew 2:19-23

Jesus shows us not only God’s love and grace, but also his humility. Luke chooses to highlight that through the manger, Matthew does it through a tiny town named Nazareth.

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Going Public

April 3, 2016 – April 10, 2016

Matthew

John the Baptist shows up on the scene and starts telling people to repent and be baptized. No one in the Bible had said anything like that ever before. Where does it come from? What does it mean? Is baptism something that’s important for us still today? In Going Public, we look to Matthew’s gospel to answer those questions.

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Well Pleased

April 10, 2016 | Matthew 3:13-17

Jesus is baptized and we learn a little bit about who he is and what that means for us.

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A Man Down by the River

April 3, 2016 | Matthew 3:1-12

Where does baptism come from? How did we get this tradition? We continue our trip through Matthew by looking at the arrival of John the Baptist.

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Daybreak

April 17, 2016 – May 22, 2016

Matthew

When Jesus begins his ministry, it is the dawn of a new era. Into a world filled with darkness, a bright, beaming, shining light appears and changes the world forever. It all begins here.

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Beat It

April 17, 2016 | Matthew 4:1-11

Jesus begins his ministry after his baptism and first must battle temptation. How he fights it gives us a lot of insight into how we might.

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The Great Light

April 24, 2016 | Matthew 4:12-17

Jesus is the only true hope, the Great Light that has broken through the darkness and shines on everyone.

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All?

May 22, 2016 | Matthew 4:23-25

It says in Matthew 4 that Jesus preached and taught and healed everyone who came to him. If he healed all disease that came his way then, what does that mean for the illnesses we struggle with today?

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#Blessed

May 29, 2016

Matthew

Jesus begins the Sermon on the Mount with a list people groups who are “blessed.” But what does it mean to be blessed? What can we learn from the people he chooses? In this series on the Beatitudes, we’re taking a look at being #Blessed.

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Unexpected Blessings

May 29, 2016 | Matthew 5:1-5

The Sermon on the Mount begins with a statement of blessing upon different groups of people. What does it mean to be blessed? Why does Jesus bless some of those listed here?

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Salt & Light

June 19, 2016

Matthew

Jesus told his followers they were the salt of the world and the light of the world. What does that mean for us? What does it mean for how we live?

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Stay Salty

June 19, 2016 | Matthew 5:13-16

Jesus calls his disciples the "salt of the earth" and the "light of the world." Two incredibly important titles to hold. What do they mean? How do they relate to each other? What do they encourage us to do?

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Heart Matters

June 26, 2016 – August 7, 2016

Matthew

It’s not just what you do, but why you do it. That was the crux of the way Jesus taught the commands of God. It’s not enough to toe the line, we’ve got to be fully committed. For the next few weeks, we get to the heart of the matter and the matters of the heart.

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Filled Full

June 26, 2016 | Matthew 5:17-20

Jesus said he didn't come to abolish the Law, but to fulfill it. What does that mean?

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Drop Everything

July 3, 2016 | Matthew 5:21-26

We live in a culture that thrives on outrage. Resentment and insults are commonplace. What does Jesus have to say about all of this? What would life in the Kingdom look like instead?

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At All Costs

July 10, 2016 | Matthew 5:27-30

Jesus encourages us to fight for purity and throw off sin at all costs.

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Inseparable

July 17, 2016 | Matthew 5:31-32

Marriage isn't just a good idea, it's a God idea. It's his design and it points to something larger than the couple involved. Because sometimes this is really about that.

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I Swear

July 24, 2016 | Matthew 5:33-37

Jesus calls his followers to lives of trustworthiness and honesty.

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Give and Take

July 31, 2016 | Matthew 5:38-42

Jesus calls his followers not to dish out shame and violence, but to absorb it.

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Them

August 7, 2016 | Matthew 5:43-48

Jesus calls his followers to love not only their friends and neighbors, but the people that hate them (and that they hate) the most.

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Top Secret

August 28, 2016

Matthew

Even more important than what we do are our motives for doing it. If we do the right thing for the wrong reason, it doesn’t count. The Lord knows our hearts and rewards us accordingly, even if to everyone else they’re Top Secret.

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Goldfinger

August 28, 2016 | Matthew 6:1-4

What motivates you? Whose attention are you really trying to gain?

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Treasure

September 18, 2016 – September 25, 2016

Matthew

Jesus talked more about money than he did about Heaven and Hell. It was important to him because it's dangerous and it reveals our hearts.

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What—Me Worry?

September 25, 2016 | Matthew 6:25-34

Trust in God ultimately frees us from worry.

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Hungry Eyes

September 18, 2016 | Matthew 6:19-24

You can't serve both God and money. If you get this wrong, it bleeds into every area of your life.

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Measure Up

October 9, 2016

Matthew

The Sermon on the Mount connects not only to how we relate to God, but also how we relate to others.

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From Concentrate

October 9, 2016 | Matthew 7:7-12

God is a generous father who raises generous children.

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Look Out

October 16, 2016 – October 30, 2016

Matthew

The Sermon on the Mount ends with a warning, but even in that warning, Jesus gives us tremendous hope. With Look Out! we’ll take a look at how this wonderful sermon ends and what it means for those who want to follow him.

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Two Gates

October 16, 2016 | Matthew 7:13-14

Jesus forces us to make a choice. The narrow gate or the wide gate. The hard road, or the easy one.

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Two Trees

October 23, 2016 | Matthew 7:15-23

Lives of repentance and Biblical faithfulness help us avoid deceivers and self-deception.

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Two Houses

October 30, 2016 | Matthew 7:24-29

The aim of the Sermon on the Mount is action. Jesus expects his followers to follow his commands.

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The Untouchables

January 1, 2017 – January 15, 2017

Matthew

Jesus didn’t just come for the “in crowd,” the popular, the wise, or the gifted. He went to the least likely people imaginable. The ones no one else would go near. The Untouchables.

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Dead Man Walking

January 1, 2017 | Matthew 8:1-4

Jesus is the God who touches lepers.

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Boundless

January 8, 2017 | Matthew 8:5-13

Jesus steps across racial lines and breaks down the boundaries that keep anyone from God.

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Rise and Shine

January 15, 2017 | Matthew 8:14-17

Jesus breaks the barrier between God and women and we zoom out to take a look back at the gates he’s flung wide open for all.

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Sink or Swim

January 22, 2017 – January 29, 2017

Matthew

Jesus comes to bring change to our lives, but sometimes change is scary or uncomfortable. No matter what storms we go through, he is powerful enough to calm the waves and keep us above water.

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Riders on the Storm

January 22, 2017 | Matthew 8:18-27

A look at a scribe, a son, and a storm and the Jesus who can demand all because he is above all.

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Go

January 29, 2017 | Matthew 8:28-34

Jesus shows his power over even the spiritual forces that fight against us.

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The Wave Maker

February 5, 2017 – February 19, 2017

Matthew

Where Jesus goes, controversy is not far behind. The disciples are back on their side of the shore, but Jesus is still making waves.

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Not So Fast

February 19, 2017 | Matthew 9:14-17

Jesus changes everything. Including what fasting looks like for those who follow him.

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Prove It

February 5, 2017 | Matthew 9:1-8

The first of the three Freedom Controversies sees Jesus butting heads with the scribes over Forgiveness.

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The Wrong Crowd

February 12, 2017 | Matthew 9:9-13

The second Freedom Controversy sees Jesus butt heads with the Pharisees over his choice of company.

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No Problem

February 26, 2017

Matthew

Three rapid-fire stories about faith show us that nothing is too difficult for Jesus.

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No Problem

February 26, 2017 | Matthew 9:18-34

Matthew takes us through a series of miracles that teach us about faith and about the Messiah who can do anything.

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Empowered

March 5, 2017 – March 26, 2017

Matthew

Jesus has shown his authority through teaching and through his miracles and now he hands some of that power over to his disciples. Following Jesus doesn’t just mean being blessed, it also means being Empowered.

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The Bin and the Field

March 5, 2017 | Matthew 9:35-38

Jesus has already shown his authority through his teaching and his actions. Now, he allows his disciples to share in it and be part of God’s mission in the world.

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Everything to Gain

March 19, 2017 | Matthew 10:16-33

Jesus warns his disciples before they go out on mission of the dangers that await them. But there is a reason to go without fear.

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Who Do You Love

March 26, 2017 | Matthew 10:34-42

Jesus makes the kind of demand that no one else can make, because no one else is worthy. Love for him must take first priority over anything and everyone.

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Good in All Time

April 23, 2017 – May 7, 2017

Matthew

Jesus is powerful yesterday, today, and forever. That will always be true. In one chapter, Matthew shows us how Jesus was promised long ago, is coming back one day, and is ever present for those who need him.

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The Promised Messiah

April 23, 2017 | Matthew 11:1-19

Jesus is the Messiah promised long ago to come and save us.

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The Coming Judge

April 30, 2017 | Matthew 11:20-24

Jesus is not only the Promised Messiah, he is also the Coming Judge. His justice and his love go hand in hand.

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The Present Savior

May 7, 2017 | Matthew 11:25-30

Jesus is the Present Savior, beckoning all of us, everyone, to come to him and find true rest and refreshment.

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The Boss

May 14, 2017 – June 4, 2017

Matthew

Jesus isn’t looking to be anyone’s co-pilot. He intends on flying the plane. Matthew shows us in chapter 12 how Jesus is Lord over anything and everything that we can think of. Simply put, Jesus is The Boss.

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Lord of the Sabbath

May 14, 2017 | Matthew 12:1-14

Jesus reigns supreme over everything, even the most precious and sacred.

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Servant. Leader.

May 21, 2017 | Matthew 12:15-21

Matthew dips back into Isaiah to find a "God’s-eye view" of Jesus, the ultimate example of servant leadership.

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Lord of Both Kingdoms

June 4, 2017 | Matthew 12:22-37

An encounter with a demon-possessed man gives Jesus an opportunity to demonstrate his rule over the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of the enemy.

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Empty Houses, Empty Lives

June 11, 2017 | Matthew 12:38-50

It’s not enough to clean up your life and look nice and tidy, Jesus demands to move in and take over.

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Introduction

January 3, 2018

Episode 0 of Biblesplain is a brief introduction to what we're doing here and what to expect going forward.

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Introducing Biblesplain

January 3, 2018

Biblesplain is here! Wait, what is Biblesplain? Well, I guess you’ll just have to listen to find out! After this brief introduction, episode 1 drops next week!

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Coded Messages

January 11, 2018 – February 10, 2018

Matthew

Jesus often spoke in parables, but why? What are parables and why does Jesus employ them so frequently in his teaching? Is he making the profound simple or is he sending Coded Messages? Or is it both?

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The Parable of the Sower

January 11, 2018 | Matthew 13:1-23

Jesus begins a new phase of his teaching ministry, the parables. Why does he do this? What is a parable? How do we break them down and understand them? What does this have to do with planes?

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The Parable of the Weeds

January 26, 2018 | Matthew 13:24-43

There were a lot of expectations for the Messiah when he arrived and yet, Jesus shattered them all. A story and two similes give us a window into how and why Jesus broke the mold.

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Parables of the Kingdom

February 10, 2018 | Matthew 13:44-52

As we wrap up Coded Messages, we take a look at 3 (or 4) parables that seemingly have nothing to do with each other…or do they…?

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Feedback

February 23, 2018 – Ongoing

Matthew

Jesus has put himself out there, he's demonstrated power in his words and actions and taught powerfully about the Kingdom of God. Now, Matthew gives us a series of snapshots of the Feedback.

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Rejection at Nazareth

February 23, 2018 | Matthew 13:53-58

Jesus goes home and is not exactly given a warm reception. Who doesn’t like Jesus? What does this incident teach us about God and about people?

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The Death of John the Baptist

March 12, 2018 | Matthew 14:1-12

In episode 2 of Feedback, we get a flashback as Herod's response to Jesus's ministry reveals an event that's haunted him ever since.

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