Martin Luther’s commentary on Matthew 5:13: For if I cling to this, that Christ alone is my righteousness and holiness, no monk will ever persuade or mislead me by his hood, rosary, this or that work and childish human notion. For through faith I am a judge of all
In Matthew 5:6-8 (sermon audio here), Jesus explains further to his disciples the blessed life of the kingdom of heaven. Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be satisfied with God’s grace in this life and his glory in the next. Those who are merciful will receive God’s mercy.
The Sermon on the Mount or the beatitudes of Jesus found in Matthew 5-7 are notoriously difficult to interpret. This sermon on Matthew 5:1-5 is the first in a number of sermons that seeks to expound what Jesus is saying to his disciples as they sat as his feet on
In the sermon on Matthew 4:4, we saw that when Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness, after being without food for 40 days and 40 nights, he responded with a direct quotation from Deut 8:3: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes
In Matthew 4:12-17 (you can listen to the sermon here), we learn that Jesus is the light of the world that has dawned in Galilee and will spread to Judea and Samaria, and the ends of the earth. Jesus is the fulfillment of the Messianic promise that Matthew quotes directly
This past Sunday’s morning sermon (which you can listen to here) was on Matthew 4:1-11 where the evangelist recounts Satan’s temptation of Jesus in the desert. Like in his baptism, Jesus again identifies with Israel in their frail humanity and sinfulness as he is led away by the Spirit to
The following is the thrust of the morning sermon from this past Sunday (11 August 2013), which you can listen to here. Jesus submitted to John’s baptism of repentance and judgment in obedience to God’s will. Through John’s baptism God the Father commissions Jesus for his Messianic mission to save
[Sermon audio here.] Theme: The baptism of John is a symbol of judgment on Israel lest she – like us – repent of our sins and put our faith in Jesus, who endured God’s judgment on the cross. Water, like bread, is something we take for granted in our lives.
[Sermon audio here.] Theme: God’s heavenly kingdom has come down to earth in his Son, and we enter it by repentance and faith through the means of grace. We all like change for the better. Who of us does not like to see relationships improve, diseases healed and societies transformed?
[Sermon audio here.] Status is a big deal in our society. And status is often measured in very superficial terms: like according to what kind of clothes you wear, what kind of car you drive, the house you own and where you live. The people that our popular culture idolizes