Weekly sermons by Pastor Jeff Hinman
The Wheat and the Weeds – The Gospel of Matthew, Part 58
The Parable of the wheat and the weeds (or tares for the KJV folks) is a deceptively simple one. At first glance, it is a parable of judgment – but there is more to this parable than meets the eye…
Matthew 13:41-43 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.
Why Teach In Parables? – The Gospel of Matthew, Part 57
Last week we looked at the three soil conditions which were not good for a fruitful crop of faith to grow. In the verse 23 Jesus says that the good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. This seems simple, but how does a person understand the word? Is understanding simply a matter of intellect? No. So, how do we read and understand parables?
Matthew 13:10-11 The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?” He replied, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.
The Sower and the Seed – The Gospel of Matthew, Part 56
Today we are looking at the very familiar parable of the Sower and the Seed. but it is a deep one. Like anyone’s spiritual journey, there were many parts to my story, but a lack of opportunity to respond to Christ was not my issue. As a result, when I did become a believer, this passage from the gospels, which is recounted in Matthew, Mark, and Luke is one I always found intriguing. Today we will explore the parable itself, which is found in verses 1-9, then pick up again at 18-23. Next week we will look at the other teaching which is mixed into the parable, which is found in verses 10-17.
Matthew 13:23 But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”
Who is My Family? – The Gospel of Matthew, Part 55
Where do you feel the most “known”? Who knows you best? Is it your friends? If you are married, is it your spouse? Maybe it’s at work that you are really known best. I think a lot of people might say it is their family where they are known best.
Jesus said some challenging things about the family. What did he really mean?
Matthew 12:49-50 49 Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. 50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”
Easter – The Sign of Jonah
Jesus says in Matthew’s Gospel that the sign of his authority would be the sign of Jonah. Besides the obvious comparison of Jonah being three days in the belly of a fish, or whale, and Jesus being three days in the tomb, Jesus is the opposite of Jonah! Not only is Jesus the opposite of Jonah, but the other main characters, which are the sailors and the people of Nineveh, respond to Jonah in a way opposite of how humanity, in general, responded to Jesus!
Palm Sunday 2021
Today we celebrate Palm Sunday. This is a celebration of Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem (sometimes called “The Triumphant Entry”) the week before he was crucified. One would hope that by this time his followers would understand the importance of the upcoming week and the trials Jesus would face, but they did not. Instead they were more focused on themselves. Sound familiar?
The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest!“– Matthew 21:9