Purity – Drastic Measures Required

Text: Matthew 5:27-30 – Jesus continues with his six statements the provide examples of how our righteousness needs to exceed that of the religious leaders. In this second statement he deals with lust and sexual sin that begins in our hearts and minds. His message is clear – do whatever it takes to avoid sexual […]

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Giving Thanks With Gusto!

Text: Psalm 100 –  On this Thanksgiving weekend, the Psalmist reminds us that thanksgiving requires enthusiasm as we rejoice in all the blessings God has given us. We give thanks with all our hearts for God’s incredible gift of salvation and his goodness towards us.

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Reconciliation: The Ball Is In Your Court

Text: Matthew 5:23-26 – After Jesus teaches us how anger, contempt, and character attacks are just as severe as murder in God’s eyes, he moves on to remind us how important reconciliation is in our relationships. In the first scenario, Jesus teaches us that reconciliation is such a priority, God wants us to put our […]

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Are You Getting Away with Murder?

Text: Matthew 5:21-26 – This is the first of six statements Jesus makes providing examples of what he meant when he taught that our righteousness needs to exceed that of the religious leaders. In this first statement, Jesus teaches that the command not to murder goes beyond the act of taking a life. It looks […]

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Is Your Righteousness Good Enough?

Text: Matthew 5:17-20 – After teaching his audience that he did not come to earth to abolish the law, but to be its fulfillment, Jesus challenges his listeners that if they truly want to be faithful followers, their righteous actions needed to go above and beyond what they saw the religious leaders doing. The message […]

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Christ and the Law – What’s the Connection?

Text: Matthew 5:17-20 -In this message we see that Jesus didn’t come to update or re-interpret the Old Testament Law. Rather, Jesus teaches us that he fulfills the Law in that all of the Old Testament points to Him! He, himself, is the fulfillment of the Old Testament. While the ceremonial and civil laws of […]

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Is Your Light Shining?

Text: Matthew 5:14-16 – In this message, Pastor Win continues to look at this Abstract section of the Sermon on the Mount. Just as the metaphor of salt spoke of our influence in the world, so this metaphor of light communicates the same message. We need to shine in the darkness – exposing sin and […]

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Salt of the Earth

Text: Matthew 5:13 – This next section in the Sermon on the Mount acts like an Abstract – a summary of what the rest of the message will entail. In this text, Jesus teaches us that living out the kingdom character defined in the Beatitudes will have a preserving and purifying effect on a dying […]

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Persecution: Rewarded for Our Attitude

Text: Matthew 5:11,12 – In this text, Jesus expands on the last Beatitude reminding us that Christians will always face opposition if they are living the Godly character he defines in the Beatitudes. While persecution is not pleasant, Jesus calls his followers to rejoice in it because it we are sharing in the same suffering […]

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Remembering the Holiness of God

Text: 1 Timothy 3:1-5; 14-17 – In this message, elder Matthew Strauss preaches from 2 Timothy 3. Often, over time, our memory fails us and begins to distort the things we have learned or read. Matthew takes us back to some of the basic truths of God’s character – especially his holiness, and how we desperately […]

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