The Villain’s Decline | Les Newsom

Scripture Reference: Matthew 14:1-13a
Matthew inserts an interesting little story about the fate of John the Baptist at the hands of Herod Antipas, king of Judea in Jesus day. But the life of Herod provides an anti-example to us who, with the benefit of hindsight, can see what evil choices do to spoil a conscience.

Sermon Points:

  • Herod’s Choices
  • Herod’s Consequences
  • Herod’s (Untaken) Path Out

Listening to the Hero | Brian Sorgenfrei

Scripture Reference: Matthew 13:1-23

The worldwide hero spent a lot of time teaching and his disciples claim this hero has the words of life. Why then is it often so difficult to listen to Jesus? The parable of the sower in Matthew 13 is one of Jesus’ explanation for why He is dismissed, ignored and rejected. The problem is the condition of our hearts.

*Special thanks to Tim Keller and Ricky Jones for helpful material on this passage.*

Sermon Points:

  • The Purpose Of Parables (13:10-17)
  • The Problem (13:3-9, 18-23)
  • The Proper Response (13:11, 16)

The Hero Confronts | Les Newsom

Scripture Reference: Matthew 12:1-14
When Jesus shows up in the Jewish countryside, his claims start to create reactions, depending on what was in the heart of his listeners. The Pharisees were famous for their miscalculations regarding Jesus, but when the topic of true rest arose, they were laid bare and wanted to kill him.

Sermon Points:

  • Check your Facts
  • Check your Heart
  • Check your Motivation

The Hero Disappoints & Offends | Brian Sorgenfrei

Scripture Reference: Matthew 11:1-6, 15-19

The Hero Jesus, has come to rescue and set the world to rights. However, the way that Jesus will bring rescue offends some and even disappoints a devoted follower like John the Baptist. In these interactions, Jesusexposes the pride of our own hearts how he has come to rescue us from ourselves.

Sermon Points:

  • Offensive Circumstances
  • Offensive Call To Change
  • Offensive Healing

The Hero Launches a Mission | Les Newsom

Scripture Reference: Matthew 9:35-10:7

Having demonstrated the power of his kingdom, our Hero, Jesus, then chooses 12 disciples to carry on his mission of compassion, prayer and healing. Jesus’ priorities are the same for the church today and grasping HOW he passes these along is central to our present sense of mission today.

Sermon Points:

  • A Mission of Compassion
  • A Mission of Empowerment
  • A Mission of Strategy