Legacy is a Reformed Baptist Church serving the communities of East Grand Forks and Grand Forks. We are committed to standing firm, making disciples, and living intentionally to the glory of God. Legacy's committment to faithful, biblical, exegetical preaching is reflected in the desire to make access to sermons as easy as possible.
Good Gifts of the Father (Matthew 7:7-11)
What we believe about the character of God, and what we understand of fatherhood, has a huge impact on how we approach God in prayer. Our society may have lost any sense of what godly masculinity and fatherhood looks like, yet Scripture can teach us what it was meant to be. We need to recover a sense of true fatherhood if we would rightly approach God in confidence in prayer.
Even sinful fathers try, to the best of their wisdom and ability, to provide and care for their children. They do so imperfectly, and with only partial understanding. How much more should we be able to trust that God, who knows all and loves perfectly, can and will give good gifts to His children.
Listen as Pastor Caleb preaches from Jesus’ instruction for Christians to approach God in prayer as a child to a faithful father. Consider how earnest we are to be in asking, seeking, and knocking. God is faithful, and He will give us good gifts according to His abundance and grace.
Pigs and Pearls (Matthew 7:6)
As a balancing point to His command to not judge others with hypocrisy, Jesus told His disciples that they must use righteous judgement to know when to withhold the great treasure of the Gospel message from those who either do not see its value, or who respond to it with open hostility. That doesn’t mean that Christians determine who is worthy of hearing the Gospel message, or that we can tell who God will save, but that there is a time when we must learn to pause, take a step back, and pray.
Listen as Brother Clay gives the third of three messages from early in Matthew 7 dealing with the issue of how Christians ought to judge those around them.
Judging Without Hypocrisy (Matthew 7:3-5)
Judgement is a prominent theme throughout the Gospel According to Matthew. The arrival of the Kingdom of Heaven meant that the traditions and beliefs of men would be weighed and measured against the new reality of Christ’s reign on this earth.
Jesus condemned the Pharisees for their hypocrisy in judging others harshly while ignoring the clear sin in their own lives. He illustrated the absurdity of their hypocrisy by describing a man with a large wooden beam sticking out of his eye attempting to remove a speck from the eye of his brother.
Listen as Pastor Caleb explains the meaning behind this comical picture that Jesus painted. See the danger of hypocritical judging and the need for dealing with your own sin before looking to the sin of others. Find out that God is in fact concerned with both the log and the speck.
To Judge or Not to Judge (Matthew 7:1-2)
You can’t judge me; the Bible says so… We arrive in our study of the Sermon on the Mount to the unbeliever’s favorite verst. But does it mean what they claim that it means?
Contrary to the careful scholarship of those who have never opened a Bible, Jesus didn’t forbid making judgements. He warned that people will be judged according to the standard and measure by which they judge others. This is a warning against being judgmental and over-critical, not being discerning and determining what is right and wrong, good and bad, helpful or harmful.
Listen as Pastor Caleb walks us through these verses, in their proper context, so that we can understand just what Jesus meant when He told His disciples not to judge.
Freed From Anxiety: Live Today (Matthew 6:34)
Christ commanded His disciples not to be anxious about tomorrow. There are enough dragons for us to slay today, that we do not need to attempt to face tomorrow’s dragons before they arrive. Each day’s trouble is sufficient for that day.
Having learned from the past, we labor in faithful obedience today, as we keep an eye toward the future. Christ taught us to ask each day for our daily bread. The Father has shown us the Son’s victory, and told us of His great purpose for creation, yet He has not told us what trials each day will bring, nor what means He will use to provide for us during them. As we pursue the kingdom of God, we are given what we need for that day, but we are not shown where tomorrow’s help will come from. We must walk by faith.
Anxiety is an ancient and crafty foe, so we plead with you to listen and hear the words of Christ. The frailty of your body, the cares of this life, and the shouts of the world may all be directing your gaze backward, forward, or inward, yet we call your eyes heavenward.
Freed From Anxiety: Our Higher Calling (Matthew 6:31-33)
Christ commanded us not to be anxious. Throughout the Gospels we see that His disciples were prone to anxiety, yet His consistent message was that they were not to be anxious about anything. We don’t have to look far to realize that we too are in need of the constant reminder not to be anxious.
We are not just given a command, but Christ has given us well reasoned evidence that should prove to us that we don’t need to be anxious. No matter what we face in this life. God knows our needs. God cares for us. God is able to much more than we could ever hope for or desire.
Instead of following the pattern of worry that we see lived out around us in the lives of unbelievers, Christians are called to seek the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness, and God will provide all that we need. Even if it is not what we expected, or thought was for our greatest good.
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