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Series: Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 1

Introducing the Gospel of Matthew

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Speaker: Robin Boisvert

Text: Matthew 1:1-17

Matthew is the story of Jesus Christ, a true story about a man unlike any other man who ever lived.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 2

The Birth of Jesus

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Speaker: Joshua Harris

Text: Matthew 1:18-25

This story shows us why Jesus really is the Christ, the promised Messiah. It reveals the unique identity and unique mission of the most influential man who has ever lived.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 3

The Fulfillment of Israel’s Prophetic History

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Speaker: Braden Greer

Text: Matthew 2

As a child, Jesus fulfilled four prophecies even as he walked the path of the history of Israel. He is the son that Israel never was to God. Jesus is the new Israel.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 4

The Prophet and the Son

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Speaker: Ben Wikner

Text: Matthew 3

In the story of redemption, John's ministry brings the end of the old covenant and introduces the coming of the new.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 5

The Temptation and Victory of Christ

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Speaker: Robin Boisvert

Text: Matthew 3:13-4:11

Jesus overcomes the devil’s temptations on our behalf by passing the test that Israel failed.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 6

The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand: Jesus Begins His Ministry

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Speaker: Joshua Harris

Text: Matthew 4:12-25

Jesus' words announce the kingdom of heaven, and his actions demonstrate it. His kingdom is the setting right of what is wrong, and it requires radical reorientation of one's life.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 7

The Beatitudes

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Speaker: Robin Boisvert

Text: Matthew 5:1-12

The Sermon on the Mount is Jesus' authoritative teaching about the way believers should live as members of the kingdom of heaven. The Beatitudes are both a summary of the sermon and a description of the privileges and responsibilities of followers of Jesus.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 8

You Are Salt and Light

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Speaker: Mark Mitchell

Text: Matthew 5:13-16

Followers of Jesus Christ are salt and light, influencing and illuminating the world, putting on display good works that bring glory to God their Father.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 9

The Good Life: More on the Beatitudes

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Speaker: Joshua Harris

Text: Matthew 5:2-10

The Beatitudes only have meaning and power when you know Jesus as the King who has all power and who will one day judge the wicked, upend the powerful, and reward those who called on his name.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 10

Jesus Fulfills It All

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Speaker: Joshua Harris

Text: Matthew 5:17-20

Jesus came to fulfill the Scriptures, and he raised the standard for righteousness beyond just religious rule-keeping. We will only have the righteousness that God requires if God brings about supernatural transformation in us.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 11

Tiny Acts of Murder

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Speaker: Joshua Harris

Text: Matthew 5:21-26

When we are angry, when we speak words of hatred and contempt, we are committing tiny acts of murder. We are destroying and damaging another person. We are destroying the relationship. There is murder in our hearts.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 12

Jesus on Lust

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Speaker: Joshua Harris

Text: Matthew 5:27-30

Purity of heart is more than not committing adultery. We must protect God’s good gift of sexual desire by taking extreme measures to overcome lust.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 13

Don’t Break Your Marriage or Your Word

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Speaker: Joshua Harris

Text: Matthew 5:31-37

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus confronted people who seemed to be following the rules, but, in their hearts, didn't truly love and honor God. People in God's kingdom should not be looking for loopholes that allow them to get their own way. Instead, Jesus calls us to honor marriage and be a truth-teller, even as we recognize the futility of earning our own righteousness through rule-keeping.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 14

Jesus on Revenge and Rights

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Speaker: Braden Greer

Text: Matthew 5:38-42

The kingdom disciple is more concerned about others than he is about his rights.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 15

The Perfect Love of the Father

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Speaker: Keith Welton

Text: Matthew 5:43-48

We often fail to love others and then attempt to rationalize our lack of love. Jesus points us to the true way to love, which is by sharing the complete and perfect love of the father with everyone.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 16

The Danger of Show-Off Christianity

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Speaker: Joshua Harris

Text: Matthew 6:1-6

Don't do good works so other people will be impressed with you.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 17

Pray Like This

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Speaker: Joshua Harris

Text: Matthew 6:7-15

There are no magical words to manipulate God into doing what we want. Instead, prayer builds our relationship with God as Father, asking that he advance his kingdom even as he forgives our sins and meets our everyday needs.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 18

Fasting: Awakening Hunger for God

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Speaker: Joshua Harris

Text: Matthew 6:16-18

Jesus expects us--His disciples--to fast. It's not a matter of "if" but "when" we fast. He tells us that when our motives are right, there is something about the act of fasting that pleases the heart of God. It's something our Father in heaven takes note of and rewards.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 19

Almighty God vs. Almighty Dollar

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Speaker: Joshua Harris

Text: Matthew 6:19-24

Men and women in the kingdom of heaven relate to their stuff differently than others. They generously give themselves and their possessions to God's causes and God's people because they are focused on the incorruptible treasures of heaven.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 20

The Kingdom of God and the Anxiety of Man

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Speaker: Robin Boisvert

Text: Matthew 6:25-34

Jesus commands his disciples not to be anxious because their heavenly Father cares for them and their heavenly Father knows what they need.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 21

The World’s Most Popular Bible Verse

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Speaker: Joshua Harris

Text: Matthew 7:1-6

Truly knowing God and truly caring for others expresses itself in greater awareness of our faults than the faults of others.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 22

Ask and Keep Asking

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Speaker: Mark Mitchell

Text: Matthew 7:7-11

Jesus promises that asking, and even asking again, is not futile because God honors persistence and he delights in giving good gifts.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 23

The Golden Rule

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Speaker: Joshua Harris

Text: Matthew 7:12

Jesus distills the entire law into a single sentence, not so that we might attempt to earn our salvation by our good works but to expose the folly of trying to being justified by the law.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 24

The Call to Discipleship

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Speaker: Robin Boisvert

Text: Matthew 7:13-29

Jesus sets before us two destinies. He makes a call to discipleship, and it requires a choice. Will we follow him?

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 25

Authority To Heal

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Speaker: Joshua Harris

Text: Matthew 8:1-17

Jesus exercised his authority with great compassion, reaching the whole world with healing, both physical and spiritual.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 26

Are You Putting Jesus on Hold?

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Speaker: Joshua Harris

Text: Matthew 8:18-22

Are you willing to hear and obey Jesus wherever he might call you?

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 27

The Storm Calmer

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Speaker: Joshua Harris

Text: Matthew 8:23-9:8

Jesus Christ had miraculous power on earth to prove he has total authority, even to forgive sins.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 28

New Wine

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Speaker: Joshua Harris

Text: Matthew 9:9-17

Being a disciple means being filled with the new life of Jesus, which often doesn’t match the old patterns of dead, formal religion.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 29

Jesus Christ, Compassionate Lord

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Speaker: Robin Boisvert

Faith is like a lifeline thrown out to someone who’s fallen overboard. The one on the saving end of the line is Jesus. Your faith is what connects you to him.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 30

Compassion

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Speaker: Jon Smith

Text: Matthew 9:35-38

Compassion is an overflow of enjoyment in God that gladly solves the problems of other people.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 31

Sent by Jesus

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Speaker: Joshua Harris

Text: Matthew 10:1-25

To be with Jesus is to be with him in his mission.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 32

Persecuted with Jesus

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Speaker: Joshua Harris

Text: Matthew 10:16-33

To be with Jesus in his mission is to be with him in suffering persecution.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 33

A Cost Analysis of Following Jesus

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Speaker: Ben Wikner

Text: Matthew 10:34-39

To be a follower of Jesus means we lay our lives down before him, enduring separation and suffering for the joy and fullness that is in him.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 34

Are You the One Who Is To Come?

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Speaker: Robin Boisvert

Text: Matthew 11:1-9

Even John the Baptist had doubts about Jesus as Savior, but he went to Jesus for answers. What will you do with Jesus Christ?

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 35

Follow Me!

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Speaker: Ben Wikner

Text: Matthew 10:38

My calling as a Christian is simply to follow Jesus.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 36

Come and Find Rest

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Speaker: Mark Mitchell

Text: Matthew 11:25-30

We recognize and receive the kingdom of heaven through the gracious revelation of the Father, the exclusive agency of the Son, and his sincere invitation to the weary.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 37

Rule-igion

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Speaker: Joshua Harris

Text: Matthew 12:1-14

People who want to obey and honor God are sometimes so focused on their rules that they miss a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 39

God’s Chosen Servant

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Speaker: Mark Mitchell

Text: Matthew 12:15-21

Jesus is the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy, the Messianic figure foretold by the prophet Isaiah and anticipated by the Jewish people.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 40

The Nature of True Devotion to God

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Speaker: Keith Welton

Text: Matthew 12:22-37

True devotion to Jesus starts in the heart and then overflows in actions that are pleasing to God.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 41

When It Comes To Jesus, There Can Be No Neutrality

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Speaker: Robin Boisvert

Text: Matthew 12:38-50

To avoid condemnation we must align ourselves with Jesus Christ by becoming his disciples, doing the will of the Father.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 42

Wrong Ways to Respond to Jesus

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Speaker: Mark Mitchell

Text: Matthew 13:53-14:12

Familiarity with Jesus without faith in Jesus is dangerous. So is knowledge about Jesus without knowing him. The remedy is to embrace the gospel of Jesus.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 43

It’s All About Jesus

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Speaker: Ben Wikner

Text: Matthew 14:13-36

Christianity is all about Jesus: his works, his identity, and his grace.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 44

The Heart that Honors God

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Speaker: Robin Boisvert

Text: Matthew 15:1-20

The heart that honors God keeps traditions in their right place and avoids hypocrisy, trusting in God alone for righteousness.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 45

The Bigger Circle of God’s Grace

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Speaker: Joshua Harris

Text: Matthew 15:21-39

God’s grace is always bigger than we expect, and it comes to those who know they don’t deserve it.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 46

Who Do You Say That I Am?

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Speaker: Joshua Harris

Text: Matthew 16:1-20

Left to ourselves, we’re blind to Jesus’s true identity, but God is revealing his Son and Jesus is building his church.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 47

Jesus’ Cross and Ours

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Speaker: Kevin Rogers

Text: Matthew 16:21-28

Suffering precedes glory for Jesus and his disciples.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 48

His Face Shone Like the Sun

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Speaker: Joshua Harris

Text: Matthew 17:1-13

Jesus' transfiguration proves that he is the divine Son of God and the promised Messiah. Listen to him, trust in him, and receive his love.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 49

Jesus Trains His Disciples

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Speaker: Robin Boisvert

Text: Matthew 17:14-27

Throughout this passage, Jesus is training his disciples. Even though his disciples don’t understand, Jesus still instructs them, and he doesn’t give up on them.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 50

Pecking Order

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Speaker: Joshua Harris

Text: Matthew 18:1-9

Our entry into the kingdom of God must inform our conduct in the kingdom. We didn't get in because we were better than other people, so we shouldn't be clawing for the top of the pecking order.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 51

When Sheep Stray

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Speaker: Matt Maka

Text: Matthew 18:10-14

The way we treat a straying Christian is a big deal to Jesus.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 52

The Principles and Practice of Church Discipline

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Speaker: Ben Wikner

Text: Matthew 18:15-20

Brotherly love in the church sometimes requires confronting others who are straying in sin, with the hope of winning them back to the Savior.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 53

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

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Speaker: Joshua Harris

Text: Matthew 18:21-35

God has forgiven me an unpayable debt, and that must shape how I forgive others.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 54

Marriage as God Intended It

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Speaker: Ben Wikner

Text: Matthew 19:1-12

God intended marriage for goodness, love, intimacy of relationship, holiness, and his glory.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 55

God’s Kingdom is Greater than Marriage, Divorce, and Singleness

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Speaker: Ben Wikner

Text: Matthew 19:6-12

Make your marriage or your singleness point to and further the kingdom of God through the gospel.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 56

A Good Deed or the Good One

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Speaker: Joshua Harris

Text: Matthew 19:13-26

The Kingdom of God is for those who have nothing to offer and those who lay aside all entanglements to follow Jesus.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 57

God Pays by Grace Not by Works

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Speaker: Braden Greer

Text: Matthew 19:13-20:16

God doesn’t reward us according to our work. He rewards us according to grace.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 58

Greatness = Servanthood

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Speaker: Joshua Harris

Text: Matthew 20:17-34

Servanthood is the measure of greatness in the kingdom of God.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 59

Jesus Comes to Jerusalem

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Speaker: Joshua Harris

Text: Matthew 21:1-22

Jesus is the king who comes in peace, the priest who cleanses the temple, and the prophet who predicts judgment.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 60

From Heaven or From Man?

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Speaker: Joshua Harris

Text: Matthew 21:23-46

Rejecting Jesus' authority excludes us from the kingdom of God and brings His judgment.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 61

Many Called, Few Chosen

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Speaker: Joshua Harris

Text: Matthew 22:1-14

The kingdom of heaven is a party about Jesus. A gracious God invites the unimpressive to celebrate with him and live righteously for him.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 62

Q&A with Jesus

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Speaker: Joshua Harris

Text: Matthew 22:15-46

The contentious question & answer time between Jesus and the religious leaders teaches us about the greatness of God and his unlimited claim on our lives.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 63

Woeful Religion

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Speaker: Ben Wikner

Text: Matthew 23:1-39

Jesus teaches that those who exalt themselves (or allow themselves to be exalted) will be humbled and those who humble themselves will be exalted – and this is particularly so for the church and its leaders.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 64

The End and the Hope of the Kingdom

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Speaker: Keith Welton

Text: Matthew 24:1-14

The end times will be days of trial, but we can have hope because God's plans in Christ are bigger than we imagine.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 65

Flee to the True Christ to Escape the Coming Judgment

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Speaker: Braden Greer

Text: Matthew 24:15-28

Jesus calls us to flee to him, not to false christs, to escape the coming judgment.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 66

An Hour You Do Not Expect

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Speaker: Joshua Harris

Text: Matthew 24:29-44

Jesus' return will catch us by surprise, so live ready.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 67

Live Ready

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Speaker: Joshua Harris

Text: Matthew 24:45-25:13

Because Jesus will come at a time we can’t know and won’t expect, we need to live ready for his return.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 68

The Parable of the Talents

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Speaker: Keith Welton

Text: Matthew 25:14-30

The Lord gives talent to all people and requires they use it for his kingdom.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 69

Ultimate Truth, Ultimate Consequences

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Speaker: Robin Boisvert

Text: Matthew 25:31-46

How we regard Jesus Christ in our beliefs and actions determines our eternal destiny.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 70

A Beautiful Thing

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Speaker: Joshua Harris

Text: Matthew 26:1-16

Living your life for Jesus will look like a waste to this world. But there is no greater purpose, nothing more beautiful than devoting all that you are to him.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 71

As They Were Eating

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Speaker: Robin Boisvert

Text: Matthew 26:17-29

Though it was the night he would be betrayed, Jesus instituted a meal that reminds us of the covenant of grace that God has initiated.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 72

The Agony of Jesus in the Shadow of the Cross

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Speaker: Kevin Rogers

Text: Matthew 26:30-46

Jesus' agony in Gethsemane awakens us to the cost of our redemption, calls us to alert prayerfulness, and comforts us in our own distress.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 73

Betrayed, Abandoned, and Judged

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Speaker: Joshua Harris

Text: Matthew 26:47-27:10

The arrest and death of Jesus isn’t the failure of Jesus' mission. It is the fulfillment of his mission.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 74

I Am Barabbas

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Speaker: Joshua Harris

Text: Matthew 27:11-26

Only Jesus is without guilt in this story. Everyone else—from Pilate and the crowd to Barabbas and the religious leaders—is marked by unrighteousness and evil.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 75

The Death of Christ

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Speaker: Isaac Hydoski

Text: Matthew 27:27-61

Jesus died so that we could have access to the presence of God, experience new life, and become worshippers of God.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 76

He Has Risen As He Said

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Speaker: Joshua Harris

Text: Matthew 27:57-28:20

The resurrection of Jesus means death isn’t the end.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 77

The Great Commission

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Speaker: Joshua Harris

Text: Matthew 28:16-20

The Great Commission isn’t great because we are great. It is great because Jesus is great. He has all authority and he will always be with us.