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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
The Sermon on the Mount connects not only to how we relate to God, but also how we relate to others.
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.
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.
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.
Where Jesus goes, controversy is not far behind. The disciples are back on their side of the shore, but Jesus is still making waves.
Three rapid-fire stories about faith show us that nothing is too difficult for Jesus.
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.
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.
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.
Episode 0 of Biblesplain is a brief introduction to what we're doing here and what to expect going forward.
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?
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.