Matthew

Sermons based on readings from the Gospel of Matthew

A Sermon for the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost (20/09/20): The Kingdom of Heaven is not Fair

The Kingdom of Heaven is not Fair!Matthew 20:1-16 The kingdom of heaven is not fair! “These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.”  The complaint of the labourers who have worked all day is that it is …

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A Sermon for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost (13/09/20): Forgive Without Limit As You Have Been Forgiven

 Forgive without limit as you have been forgiven Matthew 18:21-35 Then Peter came to him and said, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? . . .” Peter is actually asking for some clarification. He wants to more clearly understand the boundaries of the practical instructions which …

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A Sermon for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost (06/09/20): Where Two or Three are Gathered

After five months of being unable to meet in church, this is the first sermon which I have published on this blog that will actually be preached live with a congregation. Where Two or Three are Gathered Matthew 18:15-20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am among them. Powerfully over …

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A Sermon for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost (30/08/20): Must

Must Matthew 16:21-28 From that time on Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and the scribes and be killed and on the third day be raised  When reading the Bible, and especially when thinking about preaching …

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A Sermon for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost (23/08/20): Peter’s Confession

 Peter’s Confession Matthew 16:13-20 Jesus has a question and he takes his disciples out of earshot of the crowd, to Caesarea Philippi, to ask it. He says: “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” That’s an easy one! Voices speak up from various places within the group of disciples “Some say John …

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A Sermon for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost (09/08/20): Jesus and Peter Walk on Water

 Jesus and Peter Walk on Water Matthew 14:22-33 Immediately he made the disciples get in the boat and go on ahead to the other side. . . He went up the mountain by himself to pray. Very often in the Bible locations are symbolic. There is a kind of spiritual geography in the Bible. So …

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A Sermon for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost (19/07/20): Wheat and Weeds

Wheat and Weeds Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 What is the kingdom of heaven like? What does God’s reign look like? Perhaps this is the most important theme which Jesus’ teaching addresses. From the outset Jesus announces that the kingdom has come very near, and is indeed present in his person, but that merely begs the question, …

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A Sermon for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost (05/07/20): Come to Me, I Will Give You Rest

Come to me, I will give you rest Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30  There’s no pleasing some people There is just no pleasing people! “You people!” Jesus says, “You people! What are you like. You are like squabbling children, who can’t decide whose game to play. You won’t kick a ball when we want you to. You …

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A Sermon for the Third Sunday after Pentecost (21/06/20): Jesus Brings a Sword

Jesus Brings a Sword Matthew 10:24-39 Jesus repeats the most frequent commandment of the Bible. He says: Have no fear Typically for Jesus’ commandments, it can be read also as a promise or as an assurance. “Don’t be afraid, because you have no need to be afraid.” The context of Jesus’ commandment/assurance is the expectation that the Church …

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A Sermon for Trinity Sunday (07/06/20): Trinity, Grammar and Punctuation

Trinity: Grammar and Puntuation Matthew 28:16-20 Today is Trinity Sunday. The Sunday which is famous, or infamous, as the one which preachers, if they can, try to avoid preaching. That is because this Sunday’s theme has the reputation as the most difficult one to address. Trinity is the Christian doctrine about God. This is the …

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