The Hero Picks A Fight | Les Newsom

Scripture Reference: Matthew 21:33-46

Jesus enters Jerusalem virtually daring the religious establishment to oppose him. It’s almost as if he wants to die at their hands. (!) But he shows them through this parable that they lack the singular attribute that must be persistent in each of Jesus’ followers soul: repentance.

Sermon Points:

  • The Challenge of Identity
  • The Challenge of Pride
  • The Challenge of the Stone

The Hero And Our Treasures | Brian Sorgenfrei

Scripture Reference: Matthew 19:13-30

Our hero, Jesus, has an interaction with a man who by the worlds standards has it all, and the result of the conversation leaves everyone perplexed. The man and the hearers of this passage are confronted with a sobering question, is Jesus worth letting go of all my other treasures…is He worth it? He is, but there must be something about riches that make it difficult for people to see Jesus’ worth.

Sermon Points:

  • Facing Jesus (v. 16)
  • Missing Jesus (vv. 17-24)
  • Treasuring Jesus (vv. 13-15, 25-30)

The Hero Protects The Vulnerable | Les Newsom

Scripture Reference: Matthew 19:1-9

As Jesus continues to show the “upside down” Kingdom, he takes aim at the social ill of divorce, which had become absurdly easy to obtain (for men…) and oppressive to wives. HOW he lays out the principles for marriage shows just how the Gospel provides hope for those hurting.

Sermon Points:

  • The Text
  • The Principle
  • The Practice

The Hero Forgives | Les Newsom

Scripture Reference: Matthew 18:21-35

Jesus begins to unpack his Kingdom ethic in chapters 18-20, including a remarkable parable about his demands for radical forgiveness from his followers. Few topics can be more difficult for Jesus’ followers to stomach, but we have to make sense of it if we’re going to follow him.

Sermon Points: 

  • Costliness of Forgiveness
  • Reality of Forgiveness
  • Practice of Forgiveness

The Hero Flexes | Les Newsom

Scripture Reference: Matthew 17:1-8

Few stories in the Gospel of Matthew are quite as strange to modern readers as the Transfiguration. But Jesus’ majesty are seen in stark relief when you see that behind this story is a Jewish backstory that shows just exactly what Jesus has come to do not just personally, but cosmically!

Sermon Points:

  • The Story
    • The Countenance
    • The Company
    • The Cloud
  • The Backstory