Message #86: The Glorious Resurrection!
September 5, 2021 • Matthew 28:1–15
As the old song goes, “Low in the grave He lay, Jesus my Savior. Waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord! Up from the grave He arose; with a mighty triumph o'er His foes; He arose a victor from the dark domain, and He lives forever, with His saints to reign. He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!” Yes, indeed! The tomb is empty, and Jesus is alive! And in today’s message from Matthew 28:1-15, we’ll investigate this historical account as relayed to us by the Apostle Matthew.
Message #85: The Crucifixion and Death
August 22, 2021 • Matthew 27:31–66
Today we enter into one of the darkest sections in all of Matthew’s Gospel Account. In Matthew 27:31-66, we witness the crucifixion, death, and burial of our Lord and King, Jesus Christ. The perfectly sinless One dies for the totally sinful ones. Today we’ll unpack the specific (even surprising) details surrounding Christ’s crucifixion. Then we’ll discover the supernatural effects surrounding Christ’s death. And then we’ll stand amazed at the split actions surrounding Christ’s burial. It’s all coming up next as we end Matthew chapter 27!
Message #84: The Sentencing and Scourging
August 8, 2021 • David Cotner III • Matthew 27:1–31
Today we enter Matthew 27:1-31. As we do, we will witness the early Friday morning hours of Jesus’ passion week. We see so many things happening during these early morning hours...We see vipers slithering, Judas’ suicide, Jesus silent, crowds scream- ing, Pilate sentencing, and Jesus’ scourging. This fast-paced narrative is ripe with so many intense emotions as the suffering Servant gets ready to die for all of us...
Message #83: The Trial and Denial
August 1, 2021 • Tim O'Tool • Matthew 26:57–75
Today Pastor Tim continues our passion week narrative by diving into Matthew 26:57-75. In this section, we will observe the greatest injustice that has ever been carried out in history…The completely perfect One is put on trial by the completely sinful ones. We also will see that, again, Jesus perfectly predicts the future as Peter denies our Lord three times. Join us and see how we can identify with these sinful and flawed people and learn what God would have us do in light of that.
Message #82: Garden Groans
July 25, 2021 • David Cotner III
As we continue our somber journey through the 26th chapter of Matthew, we come now to the infamous Garden of Gethsemane. It was in this Garden that Jesus agonized in prayer to His Father while His three closest disciples fell asleep. It was also in this Garden that Judas Iscariot would finally and fully betray our Lord with the kiss of friendship. Join us as we immerse ourselves into this Garden scene in a message entitled, “Garden Groans”…
Message #81: Sorrow Flows
July 18, 2021 • David Cotner III
As we reenter the 26th chapter of Matthew, we will discover that as the darkness grows around Jesus, sorrow begins to flow from Jesus. In other words, as the forces of evil ramp up their attacks against Jesus in the form of religious evil and sinister plotting, Jesus enters into the Passover feast with mixed emotions, but His chief emotion is one of seriousness, sobriety, and sorrow. Eventually, Jesus’ own disciples enter into His sorrow, except one…For one of them was getting ready to betray Him…
Message #80: Darkness Grows
July 11, 2021 • David Cotner III
Today we enter the 26th chapter of Matthew’s Gospel Account. As we unpack the first 16 verses of this chapter, we will discover that the spiritual forces of darkness begin to ramp up their attacks as Jesus gets closer and closer to the cross. In today’s section of Scripture, we will discover the sovereignty of God in the face of pure evil, the essence of extravagant worship, and the beginning betrayal of our Lord from one of His own, Judas Iscariot.
Message #79: End Times - Part 3
June 27, 2021 • David Cotner III
As we land the plane on our mini-series through the Olivet Discourse, we dig into the parable of the talents and hear Jesus’ words on the final judgment at the end of the age. Jesus is crystal clear as He finishes off this epic sermon: faithfulness counts, and judgment is coming. Concerning judgment, Jesus doesn’t pull any punches and makes clear that, in the end, there will be some who enter eternal life, and some who enter eternal fire…
Message #78: End Times - Part 2
June 20, 2021 • David Cotner III
In part two of our mini-series through the Olivet Discourse, we ask ourselves this question: In light of Jesus’ 2nd coming, what should we do? As we dive into today’s text (Matthew 24:32 - Matthew 25:13), we’ll discover that in light of Jesus’ 2nd coming, we should trust, watch, serve, and prepare. Specifically, we should trust the words of Christ, keep earnest watch for Christ, continue faithfully while serving Christ, and be prepared well for Christ. Join us as we dive into a most practical section in this “notoriously difficult text” of Scripture.
Message #77: End Times - Part 1
June 13, 2021 • David Cotner III
In today’s message, we enter a “notoriously difficult text” as we dive into Matthew chapter 24. In this section, Jesus begins to make a prophesy about the “end of the age.” Jesus describes things like the temple’s destruction, “the beginning of the birth pains”, tribulation, great tribulation, and the coming of the Son of Man. How are we to approach and interpret these things? Well, good men and women differ on how to handle Jesus’ words in this passage, but Pastor Dave will do his best to offer his view clearly, boldly, and respectfully…
Message #76: The Golden Thread of Matthew’s Gospel Account…
May 30, 2021 • David Cotner III
Today we pause our forward progress through the Gospel of Matthew in order to review where we’ve been over the last couple of years. In fact, we’ll recap the first 23 chapters of Matthew by focusing our attention on a single golden thread that runs through this magnificent book. That golden thread being the message of salvation. So, it’s back to 30,000 feet as we re-examine the fact that Jesus came into our world “to save His people from their sins”!
Message #75: A Portrait of a Hypocrite
May 23, 2021 • David Cotner III
In the sovereignty of God, we enter Matthew 23 on May 23. This is a difficult and scary text of Scripture. One author phrases it like this: “Out of [Jesus’] mouth on this occasion come the most fearful and dreadful statements that Jesus ever uttered on earth.” This text deals with the subject of hypocrisy and provides no cotton candy or easy to hear statements. In this text, we are simply provided the uncomfortable grace of self-examination with a call to “repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”
Message #74: Back to the Basics...
May 16, 2021 • David Cotner III
In today’s message, Jesus brings us back to the basics. He reveals the greatest commandment and then asks the greatest question anyone could ever ask. So, what is the greatest commandment? In a nutshell, Jesus says it is to love God with the whole of your being and to love your neighbor as you love yourself. And what is the greatest question? It’s a question of identity…“What do you think about the Christ?” Join us as we dissect the greatest commandment and the greatest question and discuss what all of this means for our lives today.
Message #73: Our Resurrection Hope
May 9, 2021 • David Cotner III
As we continue our journey through Matthew, we reach an encounter between Jesus and the Sadducees. These religious rulers approach Jesus on the issue of the resurrection. They give Jesus a ludicrous hypothetical question about marriage and the resurrection. As Jesus answers, he offends the Sadducees, but amazes the crowd by his response. In today’s message, we examine the Sadducees, their question, and Jesus’ stunning answer.
Message #72: The Tax Trap
May 2, 2021 • Tim O'Tool
This week, as we continue our series in Matthew, we encounter a strange alliance between natural enemies in the Herodians and the Pharisees. What could bring these religiously and politically divergent groups together? Opposition to the Son of God. We will discover how Jesus avoids their attempt to trip him up while, at the same time, giving a powerful lesson on our responsibilities to God and the government.
Message #71: Royal Wedding
April 25, 2021 • Tim O'Tool
In today’s text of Scripture (Matthew 22:1-14), Jesus tells another parable about the kingdom. Jesus gives the example of a wedding feast. Those who were originally invited refused to celebrate the king’s son. Therefore, the king invites others to come to the wedding feast. We’ll see though, that there are some requirements to enter this feast, just as there are requirements to enter heaven. What are they? Today we will see what each of us will need to enter into the wedding feast of Jesus.
Message #70: Two Sons & Terrible Tenants
April 18, 2021 • David Cotner
In today’s text of Scripture (Matthew 21:28-46), Jesus begins to hold up a mirror to the religious rulers so that they can see themselves clearly. It’s as if Jesus is saying, “I know who I am. I am Messiah. I am King. I am God. I have all authority in Heaven and on Earth, but you will not believe me. Furthermore, you do not fully understand who you really are, and you think you are so righteous without me, but you are not. So, let me show you who you really are by holding up some parables that will act as a mirror so that you can see yourselves for who you really are, namely, ‘Vipers in Long Robes.’” The parables, though powerful, are not received well by the religious establishment...
Message #69: By What Authority?
April 11, 2021 • David Cotner
Jesus has spent the last three years of His life and ministry proclaiming good news, healing the sick, and casting out demons. He has made declaration after declaration (in word and deed) that He is the prophesied Messiah, the King of the Kingdom of Heaven, and God in the flesh. Jesus has done some pretty dramatic things to emphasize He is who He says He is, to include: Raising the dead to life, riding into Jerusalem on a donkey’s colt, and (as we’ll see in today’s text – Matthew 21:12-27) removing moneychangers from the temple complex in righteous violence. The religious rulers, internally enraged, want to bottom line the whole situation. So, they ask Jesus, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?”
Message #68: Who is This?
March 28, 2021 • David Cotner
Today is Palm Sunday. On this day, we enter the 21st chapter of Matthew. This chapter inaugurates the Passion Week of Jesus. The so-called “Triumphal Entry of Jesus” sets off the events of this week, culminating in Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. In today’s text, Jesus enters Jerusalem at the beginning of Passover and presents Himself one final, formal time as the King of the Kingdom of Heaven. How does Jesus present Himself? He comes riding into Jerusalem, not on a majestic horse, but mounted upon a donkey’s colt. Regardless, the crowds go wild! They shout statements of praise, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” But some people in the crowd didn’t understand what was going on. So, they ask, “Who is this?” It’s a question worth exploring. Who is this man? Who is Jesus of Nazareth?
Message #67: Drink the Cup?
March 21, 2021 • David Cotner
As we continue through Matthew chapter 20, we are confronted with a serious prophecy, a serious misunderstanding, and some serious tenderness. What kind of serious prophecy? Jesus for the third time reveals that He is aiming His life to die and rise again. Ok, so what’s the serious misunderstanding about? Well, right after Jesus declares that His mission is to die and rise again, the 12 disciples begin to bicker (again) about who is going to be the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. So, what does Jesus do? He gently instructs His disciples (again) about how leadership greatness in the Kingdom works and then shows to them an example of leadership greatness by extending some serious tenderness toward two blind beggars…
Message #66: Begrudge My Generosity?
March 14, 2021 • David Cotner
As we enter Matthew chapter 20, we come face to face with an uncomfortable parable that challenges our presuppositions about life, God, and eternity. What exact presupposition is being challenged? Well, we all have jaded concepts about what is fair, and God is never fair in how He dispenses His grace and mercy. That’s right, God is radically, wildly unfair in how He generously bestows salvation and material blessings upon individuals. As we will discover in today’s message, God is not always fair in how He saves and blesses, but He is always right and sovereign. The question is, “Will you begrudge the generosity of God in the lives of others?”