Having Possessions and Being Possessed

Posted by on Sep 17, 2010 in Sermon Manuscripts, Stewardship, The Sermon on the Mount | 1 comment

Matthew 6:19-21 marks a transition in THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT. In the first half of this chapter, Jesus explains how righteous people practice religion. Verses 1-4 address how righteous people give. Verse 5-15 address how righteous people pray. Verses 16-18 address how righteous people fast. In the later half of this chapter, Jesus moves from warning his disciples about the consequences of hypocrisy to calling his disciples to embrace the...

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Out of the Salt Shaker

Posted by on Nov 18, 2009 in Matthew, Sermon Manuscripts, The Sermon on the Mount | 7 comments

THE SALT OF THE EARTHMatthew 5:13 Sodium Chloride – SALT – gets a lot of bad press. It is blamed for everything from hypertension to obesity to heart disease. The need for salt is questioned. Its use is discouraged. And its presence on many tables is often more decorative than anything else. But this was not the case when Jesus announced to his disciples, “You are the salt of the earth.” In the cultural world of the ancient Near East,...

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Finishing the Beatitudes

Posted by on Nov 12, 2009 in Sermon Series, Sermon Skeletons, The Beatitudes, The Sermon on the Mount | 1 comment

I am preaching through the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) on Wednesday nights. Last night, I complete the introductory section – The Beatitudes of Jesus (Matt. 5:3-12). The next section of the passage in Matthew 5:13-16, where Jesus describes the influence his disciples should have on the world for the kingdom of heaven. Using to gripping and dynamic word pictures, Jesus declares, “You are the salt of the earth” (5:13) and...

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Two Special Days with the Master’s College and Seminary Family

Posted by on Oct 9, 2009 in George Hurtt, John MacArthur, Speaking Engagements, The Sermon on the Mount | 3 comments

This past Monday and Tuesday, I had the rare and special opportunity to speak in the chapel services at The Master’s College and the Master’s Seminary in Southern California. I was invited to speak at the Master’s College last year. But my move to Jacksonville forced me to cancel the engagement. And I concluded that it was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I would never have again. But I was graciously extended another...

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You Are What You Eat

Posted by on Sep 30, 2009 in Matthew, The Beatitudes, The Sermon on the Mount | 2 comments

I resumed my study of the Sermon on the Mount tonight in our midweek worship service. I am still in the beatitudes. My text was Matthew 5:6: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” (ESV). I entitled the message, “How Is Your Appetite?” I addressed three aspects of this beatitude tonight: The Menu for True Satisfaction: “righteousness”   The Appetite...

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Power Under Control

Posted by on Sep 10, 2009 in Matthew, Sermon Skeletons, The Beatitudes, The Sermon on the Mount | 4 comments

I continued my new study of the Sermon on the Mount. I am presently through the Beatitudes of Jesus in Matthew 5:3-12. What a challenge it is to wrestle with the demands of Jesus. My soul is being stretched and my mind is being renewed. I pray the congregation of SMBC is being blessed by the study so far. Here is the sermon skeleton from last night’s message: Title: “Strength Through Meekness” Text: Matthew 5:5 Series: The...

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