As we continue our journey through the book of Matthew, we come now to our 33rd installment, “Harvest & Laborers” (Matt. 9:35-38). How apropos that we approach this text of Scripture during harvest season here in southeast Iowa. Indeed, the harvest field of souls is ripe, but Gospel laborers are few. The antidote? Well, Jesus tells us that the remedy is simple – pray and get to work. Join us as we find motivation to get back to our task, our Great Commission Mission to make and mature disciples, by looking to Jesus: His ministry, heart, and command.
Message #33: Harvest & Laborers
November 10, 2019 • David Cotner
Message #56: Hostility, Honesty, and Hard-Heartedness…
Matthew 16:1-12 • September 20, 2020 • David Cotner
As we journey through the Gospel of Matthew, we run into a familiar scene in Matthew 16:1-12. Jesus is being confronted (again) by the religious leaders of His day. They ask Him for a sign (some grand miracle) that will once and for all prove to them that Jesus really is who He says He is. In response, Jesus confronts their masked hostility by honestly indicting them for who they really are, namely, “an evil and adulterous generation.” But even Jesus’s disciples are hard-hearted and don’t seem to readily understand Jesus’s words and identity. Join us as we explore this passage and apply it to our own lives of hostility and hard-heartedness.
Message #55: Rerun
Matthew 15:32-39 • September 13, 2020 • David Cotner
How many of you would classify yourself as a knucklehead? The sad reality is many of us are hardhearted, slow learners who fail to learn our lessons the first time around. The disciples of Jesus were no different than many of us. They failed to grasp the identity, character, and power of Jesus though they witnessed miracle after miracle. So, what does Jesus do? In grace, He gives to them a rerun of a miracle (Matt. 15:32-39) just to prove to them (and to us) that He alone can meet our every need and satisfy the deepest longings of our souls.
Message #54: Crumbs of Mercy
Matthew 15:21-31 • September 6, 2020 • David Cotner
As we journey through the Gospel According to Matthew, we come now to another healing miracle of Jesus. In Matthew 15:21-31, Jesus is approached by a Canaanite woman who begs him to heal her daughter from demon possession. How does Jesus respond? First with silence and then eventually with sarcasm, comparing her to a dog! Jesus eventually heals this woman’s daughter, but why does Jesus talk this way? Was he merely testing her faith? Join us as we examine this woman’s request, our Lord’s response, and what makes faith truly great.