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 #50: The Dance of Death
Matthew 14:1-12 • August 9, 2020 • David Cotner
As we dive into the 14th Chapter of Matthew, we encounter “The Dance of Death.” Matthew reveals the sinister circumstances and the grisly death of Jesus’ cousin, John the Baptist. In this message, we will debunk the notion that “the safest place to be is in the center of God’s will.” For as we will discover, the most dangerous place to be is sometimes smack dab in the center of God’s will. John the Baptist had his head severed from his body for his love of and loyalty to the truth. What are you willing to lose for the cause of truth?
Message #49: Rejection at Home
Matthew 13:53-58 • August 2, 2020 • Tim O'Tool
This week, we wrap up Matthew Chapter 13. In our passage today, we cap off Jesus’ “Parables of the Kingdom” with the response of the people in his hometown. Jesus faces rejection from the people who should have been most ready to accept Him as their King. Today we examine what this means for us.
Message #48: Parables of the Kingdom - Part 4
Matthew 13:47-52 • July 26, 2020 • David Cotner
In our final installment in the “Parables of the Kingdom” mini-series, Jesus makes it clear (once again) that not everyone will be a part of His future Kingdom. “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven...” (Matt. 7:21a). So, who will be a part of Jesus’ Kingdom? What are the requirements? How does the sovereignty of God and the free will of man work together in terms of Kingdom entrance? Get ready as we jump into the deep end of the swimming pool today...“He who has ears, let him hear!"