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Listening to God's Story

As theologian Mike Goheen notes in his book, A Light to the Nations: The Missional Church and the Biblical Story, preaching is an element of worship that deserves special attention. It is a powerful means by which God’s people may be nurtured and empowered for their missional calling.

Every Sunday, we seek to preach Christ and for us this means at least three things: “First, wherever we are in the Biblical story, our preaching will be oriented to and from Christ. The goal of preaching is to make Jesus Christ present. Second, Christ himself comes clothed in the gospel, and so the message is more than words; it is the power of God unto salvation. The message itself becomes the power of God to transform lives.” And third, as Lesslie Newbigin has noted, “The business of the sermon is to bring the hearers face to face with Jesus Christ as he really is.” Jesus is not simply a personal savior. He is Creator, Lord of history, Redeemer of all things, and final Judge.

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Sermons from Matthew

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September 17, 2023

Battling against Selfishness

Speaker: Dan Vos Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 22:34-40

August 6, 2023

Get up and Go

Speaker: Steve Frieswick Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 28:16-20

June 18, 2023

Do You Have Good Eyes?

Speaker: John Vriesma Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 6:19-24, Proverbs 22:9

April 9, 2023

Two Earthquakes and a Tomb

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Easter Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 28:1-10

April 2, 2023

The Healer in Harm's Way: Sin Rebels

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Lent at Pleasant Street - Harm's Way Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 21:1-3,6-14,33-46

March 19, 2023

Harm's Way: Sin as Hoarding: Greed

Speaker: Mike Sullivan Series: Lent at Pleasant Street - Harm's Way Topic: Sermon Passage: Ecclesiastes 5:13, Matthew 6:19-21, James 5:3, 1 Timothy 6:6-7, Psalm 112:5-9

January 1, 2023

Born, in the time of King Herod

Speaker: Matthew Burns Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 2:1-3,8-23

December 18, 2022

Bathsheba's Grace

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Unexpected Advent Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 1:1,6, 2 Samuel 11:1-9,14-17,25-27, 2 Samuel 12:1-7,11-14

December 11, 2022

Ruth's Joy

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Unexpected Advent Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 1:1-6, Ruth 4

December 4, 2022

Rahab's Faith

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Unexpected Advent Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 1:1-5, Joshua 2:1-21, Joshua 6:22-25

November 27, 2022

Tamar's Hope

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Unexpected Advent Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 1:1-6, Genesis 38

March 20, 2022

The Deadly Sin of Envy

Speaker: Justin Ruddy Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 20:1-16

March 13, 2022

If Only I Stopped Worrying

Speaker: Bill Vis Series: If Only Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 6:19-34

November 14, 2021

If Only I Forgave People

Speaker: Bill Vis Series: If Only Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 18:15-35

August 29, 2021

Lord's Prayer

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: The Lord's Prayer Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 6:5-15

August 15, 2021

A Heavenly Connection

Speaker: Bruce Dykstra Series: The Lord's Prayer Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 6:5-10

February 28, 2021

We Don't Deserve Grace

Speaker: Bill Vis Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 20:1-16

December 13, 2020

Joseph, Do Not Be Afraid to Come Down

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Do Not Be Afraid Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 1:18-25

October 4, 2020

Jesus Invites Us to Receive and Sow the Word of God

Speaker: Tra'Vorus Weaver Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 13:18-23

September 6, 2020

Grace @ Church

Speaker: Ron Vanderwell Series: Church Together Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 8:15-17, Matthew 18:15-35, James 1:19,26

August 30, 2020

Welcome Home

Speaker: Ron Vanderwell Series: Church Together Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 19:13-14, James 1:27, Isaiah 43:1-7

August 16, 2020

Be Not Anxious

Speaker: Justin Ruddy Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 6:25-34

April 19, 2020

The Prayer of Surrender

Speaker: Ron Vanderwell Series: Prayer Today Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 6:5-15

April 12, 2020

Jesus Returns

Speaker: Ron Vanderwell Series: Easter Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 28:1-8, 1 Corinthians 15:3-8, 1 Corinthians 15:12-20

March 29, 2020

The Trouble with Trust

Speaker: Ron Vanderwell Series: Lent Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 6:31-34, Philippians 4:4-7

March 22, 2020

Where?

Speaker: Dan Vos Series: Lent Topic: Sermon Passage: Jeremiah 29:10-14, Matthew 5:8

March 15, 2020

Journeying with Jesus to Welcome Unexpected Interruptions

Speaker: Mike Sullivan Series: Lent Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 9:18-26

March 8, 2020

Freed to Follow

Speaker: Ron Vanderwell Series: Lent Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 5:9-12

March 1, 2020

Letting Go

Speaker: Ron Vanderwell Series: Lent Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 5:3-8

February 23, 2020

Treasures and Freedom

Speaker: Ron Vanderwell Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 6:19-34

January 19, 2020

The Mustard Seed and the Leaven

Speaker: Justin Ruddy Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 13:31-33

January 12, 2020

Myths of the Selfish Church

Speaker: Ron Vanderwell Series: The Unselfish Church Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 16:21-27

October 6, 2019

Welcome Home

Speaker: Ron Vanderwell Series: Living Beyond Ourselves Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 19:13-14, James 1:27

September 29, 2019

Idolatry

Speaker: Ron Vanderwell Series: Living Beyond Ourselves Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 11:28-30

September 1, 2019

Help Wanted

Speaker: Sergei Sosedkin Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 9:35-38

March 3, 2019

Frightening

Speaker: Dan Vos Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 25:31-46

November 11, 2018

KingdomNomics

Speaker: Tra'Vorus Weaver Series: Guest Speaker Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 13:44-46

August 26, 2018

Salt and Light

Series: Sermon on the Mount Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 5:13-16

May 27, 2018

Blessed is the Oneā€¦

Series: Sermon on the Mount Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 5:1–12