The Fruitfulness of True Faith

Text: Matthew 7:15-29
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Today we wrap up our sermon series on the Sermon on the Mount, in which Jesus is equipping his followers for ministry. We learn that we are called to be “fruit inspectors”, wisely judging as we are motivated by grace to respond to Jesus with lives of obedience, always encouraged by the gospel and with our identities firmly established upon the rock of Christ.

God & Neighbor

Text: Matthew 7:7-14
Pastor Curt Stapleton

We often resort to expressions of “I wish…” or “I hope…” which are actually expressions of anxiety. Jesus anticipates that we’ll be needy and invites us to pray in faith to our Heavenly Father without doubting in His love and goodness. With that confidence, we can move out in mission in the Christian life that is hard and involves wrestling as we seek to love our neighbor.

The Disease of Criticism

Text: Matthew 7:1-6
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Christ’s Church in mission must root out the “Disease of Criticism” as Calvin puts it.  As we grow in humility we are then really enabled to help others.  Who are the dogs and the pigs that Jesus warns us about?

Redemptive Righteousness

Text: Matthew 6:19-34
Pastor Curt Stapleton

We live in anxious times and it’s very easy to be tempted to anxiety. Today’s text offers a perspective on how to address such anxiety as we’re called to examine what we truly treasure. A Kingdom principle is that our heart always follows what we treasure. We are exhorted to fully lean into God and seek His Kingdom above all else.

Basic Christianity

Text: Matthew 6:7-18
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Christianity is often misunderstood, by those outside of the church but also even by believers. As a result, the gospel needs to be clarified on a regular basis through sound teaching. Today’s passage from the Sermon on the Mount gives another lesson in basic Christianity. What does a believer look like? Christians are Christ’s ambassadors on mission in the world.

Humble Sacrifice

Text: Matthew 6:1-6
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Throughout the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus repeatedly returns to the condition of the believer’s heart as a crucial component of how we are able to glorify God and live Christianly. In the areas of sacrificial giving and coming before the Lord in private prayer, we assume a posture of humility as we acknowledge our dependence on God.

Therefore, You Must Be Perfect

Text: Matthew 5:38-48
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Anger and wishing for justice are natural human responses in this fallen world. But what does the Lord teach on this topic in the Sermon on the Mount? As we grow in sanctification to look more like Jesus, we are called to be imitators of God, leaving vengeance to Him and trusting in His justice. We look forward to our glorification and being made perfect in Christ.

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.