Today, we come to the last six verses of Matthew 22. Now, it is Jesus’ turn to go on the offensive. Like the Pharisees and Sadducees, he asks questions. The most important questions are the first two: “What do you think about the Christ?” and “Whose son is He?” We are going to consider each and learn from them three key lessons about “Life’s Most Important Question.”
Businesses have them. Churches have them. Even some individuals have them. More than once, in the gospels, Jesus declares His mission. He also offers us instruction as to what we are to be about in this life. Let's look at, "Our Jesus-Given Mission Statement."
The story of the prodigal son has as much dramatic power as when Jesus first told it. Pastor Matt's fresh perspective on this timeless tale will surprise you, and enlighten you. Find out what we can learn today from this family of prodigals.
The name Malachi means “my messenger.” God had something to say to His people, and He used the prophet Malachi to deliver His message. In the 55 verses that make up this short four-chapter book, I counted 25 times that we find the phrase, “says the LORD.” Malachi tells us what God said.
I want you to notice the last time God we find the word says because there is another important word in the verse that comes before the word says. Look at 4:3. In addition to being a God who tells, our God is also a God who acts. He does. By His action, God shows us His power, His love, His purposes, and His plan. Our God is a God who shows and tells.
How are we to respond to this show and tell God? That is what we are going to look at today. We are going to highlight several passages within this book that teaches us what we are to do in response to our show and tell God.
With so many competing religions in our world, each with different truth claims, how do others know that our religion is authentic, that it is genuine? Zechariah helps us to answer this question in three ways.
Have you ever noticed that success in many fields depends on a good sense of timing? It's even true in our ability to serve the Lord. The minor prophet Haggai had to tell the people of Jerusalem what time it was. Find out from this small book what time it IS, and what time it's NOT.
Shakespeare's famous quote, "What's in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet," doesn't quite work with our God. He has many names, and each one is pregnant with meaning. Read on to learn three names of God found in Zephaniah which describe the God in our midst.
Though Habakkuk is a small book, only 56 verses long, its influence is huge. One verse in particular, "the righteous shall live by his faith" (Habakkuk 2:4) is quoted three times in the NT. Read on to find out how you can live the life of faith.
We often overlook the fact that the Bible sometimes uses feminine language to describe God. Read on to discover how God "Mothers" us with his concern, comfort, and counsel.
Most people long for a sense of security, one that gives you peace at the core of your soul. Where can we get that kind of security? Read on find the answer to that, and to meet the One who knows those who take refuge in Him.
The name Micah literally means, Who is like Yahweh? About a dozen times in the OT we read a statement to the effect, “There is no god like our God—none like Him.” Read on to discover four ways our God is unmatched.
In recent days, many people have been filled by fear or anxiety or worry. When an emotion exerts control over how you think and how you act, it can cause you to do irrational things, like horde toilet paper. A person who is filled with the Holy Spirit is controlled by the Spirit’s guidance. The filling of the Spirit is a matter of control. So, ask yourself, what or who is controlling your life?
Special Easter Message
Easter is more than a holiday to be celebrated; it is a life to be lived. In this message, we take a look at what it means to live the Easter life.
Current Series of Sunday Morning Sermons on the Gospel of Matthew by Dr. Matt Miles
There are numerous metaphors in the Jesus' parables, especially when describing the Kingdom of God. From being compared to seed, to yeast, to hidden treasure, this story tells us that God's Kingdom will be like a party. Find out what He has done, is doing, and will do for the attendees.
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Upon hearing the parables of Jesus, it's easy to look for ourselves in the stories. But how much we can learn from them if we keep our eyes on God. From our text today, I want to identify 6 specific attributes that belong to our God. Jesus uses words to paint a picture of what our God is like. We are going to gaze at this portrait. You and I are in the background, but we are going to focus on the foreground in an effort to behold our God.
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Sometimes, we don't know who or what we can trust. We are in an unprecedented time. Can we trust what the government and the media are telling us about COVID-19? Beyond that, regarding your relationship with God, can YOU be trusted? Find out what being Honest to God really means.
When Jesus cursed the fig tree because it had no fruit, was he throwing a temper tantrum? On the contrary. Read on to discover what he was saying about Israel, and us.
I have heard it said that truth is more often caught than taught. Jesus was a master teacher, but his actions spoke volumes to his disciples. Here, we will "catch" 5 important truths to live by.
This chapter begins with Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. While many misunderstood exactly who Jesus was and why He had come, they were correct in praising Him. We know that our King is coming back, and this text teaches us what He deserves.
On any given Sunday, three categories of church attendees can be found: believers, unbelievers, and make-believers. Which one are you? Today's passage shows us three truths that are shared by those who have real faith.
It is generally accepted that the first is first, and the last is last. However, Jesus employed a type of new math to help- us understand three important truths.
Remember the rich young man whose possessions kept him from pursuing a close relationship with Jesus? Read on to learn what our Savior taught about wealth and entering the Kingdom of Heaven.
Do you ever miscalculate? I think we all do in ways that go far beyond our math homework. Sometimes when you miscalculate, the result is a bit of inconvenience. Some miscalculations are deadly. Today, we are going to look at a different kind of miscalculation. It is a spiritual one. One that can lead to spiritual destruction.
There's nothing quite like the power of a good example. Jesus' teachings were full of examples for us to follow. In today's short passage, discover three such lessons regarding children.
Do you know what matters to God? According to Jesus, marriage matters, people matter, and God's will matters. Keep reading to find out what our savior said about marriage.
Have you ever heard an orchestra warming up before a concert? It sounds terrible! But, when they are all playing in harmony, what beautiful music it is. In this lesson, find out what happens when we live and pray in symphony with one another.
What is your goal in life? Is your top priority to be successful, or to live a life of true significance? Find out in this passage what Jesus' view of greatness is, and what people of significance do.
In this portion of Matthew, Jesus addresses the subjects of both death and taxes. Find out who Jesus is, on our behalf, when we trust him as our Lord.
When we think about evangelizing the entire world, and making disciples of all the nations, it may seem like an impossible mission. But, we have been given the tools to accomplish the mission; all we need is a little faith. Find out how witnessing to the ends of the earth can be Mission Possible.
The story of the Transfiguration of Jesus gives us valuable information about not only who Jesus is, but also about who we are. Keep reading to discover four things that must happen before we understand the true identity of Jesus and ourselves.
Men are from Mars and women are from Venus? How about, God is from heaven and we are from Earth. No wonder we think so differently than God thinks, and His ways are so far above our ways. In this lesson, we discover how we can be "Heavenly People."
When you are asked a question, you want to get the correct answer, right? When Jesus asked his disciples two questions, only Peter got it right. How did he know the answer? Read on to find out how you can get it right, too.
Do you ever get annoyed and frustrated with people? Did Jesus ever get irritated with unbelievers and followers alike? Read on to find out what frustrates him the most, and what we should do about it.
How much time a day do you spend searching for things? Your car keys, that check you got in the mail, the remote - the list goes on. But, what about when you discover something you weren't even looking for? In this passage, find out what you should do when you "find" Jesus.
How big is your faith? Only one time in all of Scripture are great and faith used together. The word Jesus used is the word from which we get the word mega. Read on to find out what goes into building a mega faith.
One of the most important things in life is to learn what things are more important than others. Jesus gives us insight regarding the fact that some things are of greater value. Read on to discover which > what.
Do you think Jesus knows when you are struggling, or fearful or in danger? The message today shows us that he is an extremely attentive Savior. Find out how we should respond to his care for us.
So, what happened after Jesus fed the 5000? How are we to respond? Here are four ways we should respond to our attentive Lord.
We have all heard the story of how Jesus fed 5000 plus people with five little loaves of bread and two fish. Here are three different perspectives of the event. See what you think.
If someone asked you, "What is the meaning of life?" how would you answer? If you don't know, how can you know if you're spending your time wisely? Today's sermon looks at three approaches to that question.
Do you ever feel like you are missing out? The folks in Nazareth surely missed out on Jesus' blessings because of their unbelief. In this sermon, find out three ways to keep from missing out.
Do you ever feel like you've just scratched the surface of Scripture? In this passage from Matthew, Jesus implores us to plumb the depths of Kingdom truth. Read on to discover two ways you can go deep into God's word.
The Bible contains numerous fish stories. From Jonah to a gold coin in a fish's mouth. Learn how Jesus used another fish story to explain the Kingdom of God.
Who hasn't wanted to find a treasure map where X marks the spot of an incredible treasure of incomparable worth? In the following two parables, Jesus compares the Kingdom of Heaven to treasure that can be ours if we truly seek God.
In the first two parables of Matthew 13, we saw Satanic opposition working against the progression of the Kingdom. Continuing with his parables, Jesus teaches us some large lessons.
Remember the geyser in Yellowstone National Park, Old Faithful? Well, it's not as faithful as it used to be. But, there are some things we can count on. Find out what they are in this lesson from Matthew's gospel.
There exists a division in this world, and Jesus recognized it. In this homily, find out what our Lord said about what makes you different from them.
In the first of several parables to be studied, Jesus begins his discourse on the Kingdom of Heaven. Hear some encouraging words in the Parable of the Sower.
Studies show that a majority of people consider themselves to be religious. But, what does that mean for us? What is God looking for? Find out what Jesus said about trusting in following the rules, as opposed to following Him.
Have you ever been put down for your faith in Jesus? In this message, learn how to respond by looking to Christ as our model and trusting him, for he cares for you.
God is fond of asking questions that get us to think. His first question was to Adam and Eve: "Where are you?"(Gen 3,9) When we read Scripture, especially Bible stories, we would do well to look for ourselves in the text. Think about it.
Have you ever missed a party because you weren't invited? God has amazing things in store for you. Find out what you'll get at God's invitation.
Have you ever been brought under conviction concerning that three-letter word, sin? Jesus often confronts us through the Holy Spirit. But are we listening?
Series of Sunday Evening Sermons on the Minor Prophets by Dr. Matt Miles
Are you impatient? Do you suffer from what has been called "hurry sickness?" The book of Jonah shows us that we can run from, to, for, and past God. But He would rather we run with Him. Or better yet, read on to find out how important it is to slow down and WALK with God.
In today’s message I want to suggest to you that much of what took place in Amos’ day is taking place in ours. The rich are getting richer, and often they are getting rich at the expense of the poor. Also, religious observance is just a social thing that makes no difference in how people live or in the decisions they make. I believe there is a cancer at work in the Church of Jesus Christ. It is what I call, “The Cancer of Complacency.” I want you to notice several things about this cancer of complacency.
What do we know about Joel? Not much. We do know that he came to God's people with a message: Repent. Our country needs revival. Find out four things that will happen as we travel the road to real revival.
Sermons on the book of Daniel by Dr. Matt Miles
As Christians, we should maintain a strong sense or curiosity concerning the Bible. We have to keep in mind, however, that there are some things that will remain a mystery. But, there are a few things we should know regarding our future.
Our universities are dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge. I submit that the greatest knowledge in this world is the knowledge of God. Read on to discover the infinite power and omniscience of our mighty God.
Daniel has another vision, this one similar to the one like a son of man in John's vision in the Revelation. He is visited by another of God's messengers who has been delayed by the devil for 21 days. He is told how loved he is of God, and to be of good courage.
Daniel is still reeling from the vision he had. He turns to God in "prayer and supplications with fasting and sackcloth and ashes." When Gabriel appears to explain the vision, Daniel knows that God keeps his promises to those who love him.
Previously, King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream. Now Daniel himself is having dreams and visions. Even though it's the past for us, Daniel accurately foretold the future of the kingdoms to come. Find out what this means for us in our time.
Have you ever read the last chapter of a book because you just couldn't wait to find out how it ends? If you haven't read the final chapters of Revelation, or the seventh chapter of Daniel, "Spoiler Alert:" two words. Read on to find out how the story ends.
In this most famous story about lions, you will discover that even though we face lions in 'our dens,' and lions in 'their dens,' the "Lion of the Tribe of Judah" is King of all.
In the ongoing story of Daniel, there's a new king in town. During a big blowout, he decides to use the golden goblets from the Jewish Temple. At which point God comes to crash the party. Find out what "the handwriting on the wall" said to King Belshazzar, and what it means to us.
Do you need to resign as general manager of the universe? Maybe you need to resign as general manager of your own life. In this message, we find that the "Most High God," as King Nebuchadnezzar referred to him, is in control.
A king, a golden statue, music, a burning fiery furnace, and three Hebrew exiles - find out in this homily on Daniel 3 what is likely to happen when we dare to do the right thing for God.
Daniel was a godly man sent to live in ungodly Babylon at a time when God’s blessing upon the Jewish nation seemed to have been withdrawn. This means that his position was much like that of believers trying to live in a secular society today. You and I have far more in common with Daniel than we realize. Read on to find out the things that only our God can accomplish.
In the theatre and restaurants, "front of house" is where the customers are. "Back of house" refers to back stage, or the kitchen - where all the work is done. Our world has a "back of house." Guess who's there and what He's doing on our behalf. Read this lesson from Daniel and find out.
Do you know anyone who likes to talk? Our God likes to talk. He has spoken to us in many ways, and continues to communicate in various ways. Discover how God reveals himself to believers and non believers alike.
Series of Sermons on 1st Corinthians by Dr. Matt Miles
As we embark on a journey through 1 Corinthians, we will be looking at the traits of a healthy church. The church in Corinth was far from healthy, but the very challenges they faced can serve as a negative example and point us in the right direction.
Most people come to church for one of three reasons: to receive healing from yesterday's hurts and failures, to gain help with today's struggles and problems, or to find hope for tomorrow's challenges and fears. How should the church be responding to these needs? Read on to find out how healthy churches respond.
What is Hope? How can you get it? If you are lost, you may be without Hope. In this chapter, find out how what we believe can give us hope for eternity.
When is the last time you heard the term "edification"? In this portion of Paul's letter, he addresses how to build up, or strengthen the Church body with the Word, and by using Spiritual gifts wisely. Are you edifying your church body?
There are many things upon which a church can choose to focus. The big three are buildings, budgets, and baptisms. But, Paul showed us a better way: LOVE.
What would our country be like if everyone who could work, did work? Everyone would say, "What a great country!" In this part of Paul's letter, he instructs the Corinthians, and US, to get back to work, so we can say, "What a great church!"
Surveys reveal that there is little difference between the moral choices Christians make and the ones non-believers make. We need to look at our lives and ask ourselves if we are living what we've been taught, or just going along with the crowd.
For years this text has been used to defend the mistreatment of women. As we work through this text, you will see that it teaches quite the opposite of how it is often taken.
Do you attend church to see what others are wearing, or to hear the choir or the preaching? Our goal should be to witness the glory of God, and to reflect His glory to those around us. Read this sermon to discover three ways churches glorify God.
In the book of Revelation, Jesus had strong words because he takes a strong stand against immorality and for purity, especially sexual purity. Learn what Paul tried to teach the church in Corinth about purity, and how we can use his teachings to stay pure in a tainted world.
The world says we are not to judge. But Paul has a different message as to how we are to treat openly sinning members in the church.
Paul tells the believers in Corinth to think of himself and others as servants of Christ and stewards of God's mysteries. Find out what responsibilities come with being a steward of the Gospel.
Here Paul calls out the church for their divisions and quarreling. Find out how unity among believers can be a powerful witness for the gospel.
Other Recent Sermons
You may not realize this, but Jesus was the original gift that was given at that first Christmas, and He was wrapped by his mother, Mary. How are we to respond to the world's greatest gift from the world's greatest giver? Read on to find out in this lesson from the Apostle Paul.
Who is Jesus? Where does He come from? Why does He have the powers that He has? In this special Christmas sermon, discover the "Light of Christ" for your life.
We view hope as a preferred future for which we wish. The NT sees hope as the certainty of a future event. In this passage from Romans, Paul shows us that the coming of the Messiah isn't good news just for the Jews, but for all who believe and put their trust in God.
Every year at this time, we think about all the things we are thankful for. But, do we thank our good God in the proper way? Read on to discover three truths that relate to our giving of thanks: Wisdom, Worship, and Witness.
We’ve looked at the resurrection of the Redeemer, which calls for faith and the resurrection of the redeemed, which calls for hope. You and I are living in the interim between the first Easter and the second Easter. How are we to live our lives during this time? What is it that matters? Click the link above to read more.
Have you ever noticed that the Bible begins and ends in a garden? In this homily, find out what the Master Gardener has planned, and what Jesus did between the two gardens.
There is no substitute for victory. The Bible even talks about being overcomers, and more than conquerors. In this lesson, discover what the secret to victory is, and where those Nike checks will get you.