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 #32: Desperation & Faith
Matthew 9:18-34 • November 3, 2019 • David Cotner
In today’s message from Matthew 9:18-34, we encounter four stories: A distraught father with a dead child, a frustrated woman with an incurable disease, two destitute blind men, and a demon-possessed mute man. Each one of these individuals pursues Jesus and then experiences His authority, compassion, and power. In so doing, they prove to us that our only response to Jesus should be to follow Him in desperation and faith. Join us as we dive into each of these stories and get ready to feel, hear, and see some amazing things.
Message #31: Old & New
Matthew 9:14-17 • October 27, 2019 • David Cotner
In today’s message, we’ll continue the story line of Jesus through Matthew’s Gospel account. As we do, we’ll see that with the arrival of Jesus everything changed. How one approached God, related to God, and worshiped God would all be different now that Jesus had come. However, some people in Jesus’ day wanted to mesh their old system of Judaism with the new system that Christ was bringing about. Jesus makes it abundantly clear that to do so is unwise and results in the destruction of His system of grace and truth. It’s outwith the old and in with the new! Today’s message will be difficult to track at times, but rewarding for those who truly listen.
Message #30: Tax Collectors & Sinners
Matthew 9:9-13 • October 20, 2019 • David Cotner
Today we reenter our mega-series, “Jesus in the Manuscript of Matthew” by diving into a message entitled, “Tax Collectors & Sinners.” In this sermon, we’ll unpack the mercy of Jesus as he encounters some of the most unsavory people in the region of Galilee. We’ll be challenged to extend such mercy to the tax collectors and sinners in our own lives. Such an act is hard to do but, in the words of Paul David Tripp, “a relationship without mercy is a relationship lived outside of biblical borders.” Buckle your seatbelts and prepare to be challenged from the Word!