Speaking Truthfully

Text: Matthew 5:33-37, Deuteronomy 5:11, 20
Pastor Curt Stapleton

One of the reasons for the Sermon on the Mount is that believers still struggle with sin. Today as we consider the topic of speaking truthfully, we hear Jesus once again direct his teaching toward the heart of man. The tongue will only speak truth if the heart is devoted to honesty. May God help us as we look to Him to transform our hearts through the gospel.

The Uniqueness of Christian Marriage

Text: Matthew 5:31-32, 1 Corinthians 7:6-16
Pastor Curt Stapleton

According to the world’s values, the chief purpose of life is one’s own happiness. For the Christian, however, our chief purpose is to bring glory to God. As we deal with the sensitive topic of Christian marriage as well as divorce, we seek to apply the whole counsel of God’s word to understand both His design for marriage and His gracious provision of forgiveness and strength.

True Godliness

Text: Matthew 5:27-30, 1 Corinthians 7:1-5
Pastor Curt Stapleton

The relationship between husband and wife was the first community put in place by God. Jesus’ teaching in today’s passage continues to reach far beyond external appearances and deep into the heart to motivate us to true holiness and godliness. The doctrine of hell remains relevant for believers to call us to understand the gravity of sin and our need of repentance.

The King and His Plan

Text: Matthew 5:21-26
Pastor Curt Stapleton

As we continue through the Sermon on the Mount, which is Jesus’ teaching on the 10 commandments, we learn that the commandment against murder goes much further and deeper than merely not taking a life, to the point of calling us to actively seek the well-being of our neighbors. We are called to a ministry of reconciliation.

Revealing the Character of God

Text: Matthew 5:17-20
Pastor Curt Stapleton

In our understanding of the gospel, it’s easy for us to fall into either legalism or into antinomianism. In the Sermon on the Mount, we hear Christ instruct us in a proper understanding of the role of God’s Law. As the one who perfectly satisfied the demands of the Law, Jesus points back to it to show us our spiritual poverty and the riches of God’s grace and mercy toward us.

Following Jesus, Camp Longview

Text: Matthew 5:1-16
Pastor Curt Stapleton

As we begin the Sermon on the Mount, we hear Jesus preaching to his disciples, those who are already committed to following him. These are exhortations to sanctification in this present life that lead to long term glorification for eternity. And in it all, we see Jesus who incarnated all of the qualities he calls us to.

Jesus

Text: Hebrews 4:15, Matthew 4
Pastor Curt Stapleton

As we move toward the Sermon on the Mount, today’s text is all about who Jesus is. He was tempted by Satan, yet without sin. He called people to repentance as John the Baptist did. Above all, he called people to follow him, to be disciples on mission, to be a blessing to the world as he was, even at great personal cost.

All Your Sins Washed Away!

Text: Matthew 3
Pastor Curt Stapleton

In the narrative of the baptism of Jesus, from the last of the Old Testament prophets John the Baptizer, we hear a solemn call to repentance extended to God’s people of his day. Of note, this call was later the first message from Jesus during His public ministry. Biblical evangelism must always include a call to repentance, without which it cannot save. Salvation involves justification that is always accompanied by sanctification.

For You Are Greatly Loved

Text: Daniel 9
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Life can be a roller coaster at times, a mix of ups and downs. In today’s text, nearing the end of 70 years of captivity, Daniel pours out his heart in prayer to his covenant-keeping God in confession and with a cry for mercy. In response, God gives a clear proclamation of the gospel, pointing ahead to the coming Messiah, Jesus.

In the Lion’s Den

Text: Daniel 6
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Our God is an evangelical God. Through the witness of Daniel’s faithfulness, Nebudchanezzar and Darius were drawn to confess Daniel’s God. Similarly, God can show up in the “lion’s dens” in our lives and, as He does so, not only does God win, but He also wins people to Himself.