What would you say to your loved ones if you knew you only had a short time left? Matthew 25 tells us what Jesus told His disciples: the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins, the Parable of the Talents, and the coming of the Son of Man in judgment. This sermon demonstrates both what Jesus was saying and how His words speak to us today.
As we study the best life ever lived, that is, Jesus’ life, as outlined in the Book of Matthew, we come to chapters 23 and 24. In these two intense interactions between Jesus and those who followed Him, He outlines what it means to be “real.” The question we’ll answer today is, “How can I be ‘real’ in a world that’s phony most of the time?”
Guest speaker James Laughlin is the senior pastor of Joy Community Church. He continues our series, The Best Life Ever Lived, by looking into Matthew 21. Through life examples and studying Christ’s example, James teaches on who we are in Christ and the confidence we should have in the authority He has given us.
Jesus lived the best life ever lived. And in that marvelous life we see that He is full of compassion. In chapters 19-20 of Matthew there is a collage of “pictures” we see of His compassionate nature, only, we won’t recognize them as compassion unless we understand what He was doing in each of those situations. This short message reveals the true nature of compassion.
As we continue to study The Best Life Ever Lived, we come across a radical experience. The disciples were forever changed by being there. Then Jesus gives perhaps the most counterintuitive instructions that humanity could ever receive. Both are very much applicable to us! In Matthew 27 & 28, we find that Jesus is transforming His disciples’ lives and challenging ours in the process.
After the challenging parables of earlier chapters in Matthew, Jesus brings forth some thought-provoking words about tradition, righteousness, and a couple of confusing exchanges with a Gentile woman and with Peter about his new name and authority. This sermon clears those up, and connects them directly to us today.
Jesus moved strategically into speaking in parables in Matthew 13 and 14. We look at 7 of them, including three pairs that relate to one another. On the surface, they are intriguing little stories. Inside, they are powerful and challenging!
We’ve come to a place in our series of messages on Matthew, “The Best Life Ever Lived,” where we have to take a detour! We jump ahead in our study to Matthew 27 and 28 and discover that the best life ever lived had two great substitutions in these last earthly chapters. One substitution was awesome but the other was not. Everyone on earth has embraced one of these two and you can know which one you’ve taken to heart!
His thoughts are not our thoughts (Isaiah 55), and Matthew 11 and 12 demonstrate that. Jesus is doing and saying things that confuse and anger some of the people around Him. That’s often our experience with what God does and says to us, too. This sermon lifts our thinking and our hearts to view many life issues from God’s perspective.
As we study the best life ever lived, we find ourselves in Matthew chapters 9 and 10. A series of miracles are recorded in these chapters and Jesus seems to be warning of difficulties to come. Are the two connected? Yes they are! This message is all about Jesus, the great dividing line. Which side of the line you stand on makes all the difference.