The Powerful Hero | Les Newsom

Scripture Reference: Matthew 8:23-34

Jesus is traveling through Galilee doing amazing things, demonstrating his power. But until you understand the nature and context of his miracles, you can’t feel the full power of just what’s being suggested: Jesus is claiming authority of the chaos of our lives and healing people by the power of his Word.

Sermon Points:

  • The Chaos From Without
  • The Chaos From Within

The Hero Cleanses | Les Newsom

 Scripture Reference: Matthew 8:1-4

It’s one thing to be physically separated from your community, quite another to be spiritually ostracized. Jesus encounters a leper who suffers from both, but the healing Jesus brings demonstrates something astounding who still struggle with God’s willingness to heal and his power to do so.

Sermon Points:

  • Jesus is Willing
  • Jesus is Holy
  • Jesus is Advancing

The Hero Connects | Les Newsom

Scripture Reference: Matthew 6:9-13

In an epidemic of loneliness in the West, why is communion with God not any more of an antidote to that? could it be that we are thinking of prayer all wrong? The Lord’s Prayer equips Jesus’ followers NOT with just a template for prayer, but a powerful means to change HOW we think of connecting with God.

Sermon Points:

  • Familiarity
  • Perspective
  • Celebration

The Hero Clashes | Les Newsom

Sermon Reference: Matthew 5:17-22

Jesus opens his famous Sermon on the Mount with a perplexing statement refuting a rumor that he had come to discard God’s law. Instead, he said he came to “fulfill” the law. What he meant by that is the key to understand the nature of Jesus’ whole mission, loving the law.

Sermon Points:

  • The Clash of Authority
  • The Clash of Religious Purpose
  • The Clash of Motivation

The Hero Fulfills | Les Newsom

Scripture Reference: Matthew 2:13-23

Joseph and Mary find themselves in the center of God’s will for their lives…and they’re suffering horribly. But Matthew sees beneath the surface of their struggles to the undercurrents of fulfillment that Jesus is going to bring, becoming the True and Better Israel for his people.

Sermon Points:

  • A Jewish Do Over
  • A God Who Grieves
  • A Branch Arising