1. Seek first God’s Neighborhood and righteousness: life in God’s Neighborhood, part 2 (Matt. 6.33) [sermon 2-3-19]

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    February 3, 2019 by jmar198013

    The second message of three on the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5 – 7) from our series in Matthew’s Gospel, “God’s Neighborhood.” This message focused on Matt. 6.33, and what it looks like when we seek first God’s kingdom (neighborhood) and his righteousness.

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  2. The salty, lit city: life in God’s Neighborhood, part 1 (Matt. 5.13-16)

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    January 28, 2019 by jmar198013

    In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells the church we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. This message presents three Big Ideas about what it means to be salt and light.

  3. Recognizing and resisting temptations (Matthew 4.1-11) [sermon 1-20-19]

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    January 22, 2019 by jmar198013

    Right after Jesus was baptized, the Holy Spirit led Jesus out into the wilderness. Not to commune with God, but to be tempted by the devil. Why would the Spirit do that? And what can we learn from this story about how to recognize and resist temptations?

  4. I am baptized (Matthew 3.1-17) [Sermon 1-13-19]

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    January 16, 2019 by jmar198013

    Matthew 3 tells the story of Jesus’ baptism. That raises an interesting question: If Jesus never sinned, why did he need to be baptized? He was baptized for us; because we need him to baptized. He was plunged into us before we are ever plunged into him. Because Jesus was baptized, our baptism gives us everything we need.

  5. The magi’s star, and us (Matt. 2.1-23) [sermon 1-6-19]

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    January 9, 2019 by jmar198013

    Long ago, God placed a star to shine in the sky, to lead strangers to Christ. Now God has placed the church in the world, to shine and lead other people to Christ.

  6. Jesus’ family quilt (Matthew 1.1-17) [sermon 12-30-18]

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    December 30, 2018 by jmar198013

    In a family quilt, each square remembers an ancestor. Matthew began his story of Jesus by showing us his family quilt. Jesus’ family quilt is full of foreign women and notorious sinners. They are all sewn into his family quilt by God’s grace. We are also squares sewn into Jesus’ family quilt by grace. Jesus didn’t disown his ancestors, and he will not disown us, either.

  7. You are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14-16) [sermon 12-16-18]

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    December 17, 2018 by jmar198013

    Jesus says the church is the light of the world. We’re supposed to shine, so that others see the good we do and glorify God. But we often don’t feel like the light. Because we know the dark places we’ve been, and the darkness that dwells in us. In this message, we look to a fun source for tips on how to be the light of the world: fireflies.

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