Sermons on Matthew

Forgiveness – Pay It Forward!

How many times have you prayed: “And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us?” You’ve spoken the Lord’s Prayer more times than you can count. But in that phrase you are requesting something very difficult and very necessary. You are asking the Lord to help you be as forgiving to others as he has been and is with you. Jesus teaches a difficult, yet necessary truth to his followers in the Parable of the Unmerciful…

Who are you?

Who is it that we worship? It’s the question that Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do people say I am?” In finding the answer, we also find why we worship Jesus.

Lifeguard on Duty

If the Lake Michigan weather forecast called for storm clouds rolling in and waves 6-8 feet, not even the most experienced boater would head out. And yet, in this Sunday’s lesson a boat with a handful of professional fishermen find themselves in that situation and Jesus is nowhere in sight. What’s going to happen? St. Paul’s invites you to join us Sunday at 9:30 am and find out what happens when disciples of Jesus (both then and now) face the…

Jesus the Crowd Pleaser

Agree or Disagree: God provides for you. It’s not a trick statement. It’s not intended to stump you, either. Whether through natural ways – buying the things you need at a store, or growing them in your garden – God provides you with things you need. He can also provide for you through miracles. How else do you explain the disease or cancer that is no longer in the body without any treatment? Or the protection and safety in a…

The Wheat and the Weeds

One of the most unpleasant tasks for any gardener is picking weeds.  If you want your plants or your garden to grow you’ve got to stay on top of the weeds.  Jesus often used pictures that would be familiar to his listeners to help them understand a deeper spiritual lesson.  That’s called a parable.  It was one of Jesus’ favorite teaching tools. Join us to find out what message Jesus’ parable of the weeds and the wheat has for us. …

Words that Work

Sermon Text: Matthew 4:1-11 Long ago, when two armies gathered to fight, sometimes in place of the battle, each army would pick an elite warrior (champion) who would represent their people and fight to the death. This weekend we watch a battle of champions that began in the Garden of Eden, continued in the Garden of Gethsemane and ended a few days later. Who will walk away the champion?

How to Destroy your Enemies

Sermon Text: Matthew 5:43-48 In this week’s section of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, he’s teaching us to do something that sounds absurd – “Love your enemies.” Here’s a suggestion. Start small, pick an enemy … maybe someone whose values are different than yours … maybe someone whose done you wrong. Now think about ways to destroy them … with kindness and consideration. Join us as we explain how “Destroying Your Enemies” is a good and God-pleasing thing to do.

How much salt do you need?

Sermon Theme: Matthew 5:13 Studies by medical researchers have shown that large amounts of salt in your diet can contribute to heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and other health problems. This has made many either reduce, or even eliminate salt from their diets. If that is true, then what exactly was Jesus getting at when he says to his disciples when he says to us: “You are the salt of the earth”? Watch us Live: