Sermons on Matthew

Out of Place

God entered the world in the distressing disguise of a baby born to a refugee couple with no place to lay their heads. Most people in Jesus’ day missed Him. They couldn’t see Him for His distressing disguise. They expected a king with all the wealth and power of David, or a prophet who would come with the grandeur of Moses, or a priest who would practice all the religious eccentricities of Aaron. What they got instead was God on…

Out of Bethlehem

Forced to flee from Bethlehem in order to save Jesus’ life, Joseph and Mary once again pack their meager belongings to head into the unknown. Meanwhile, every mother left behind would weep for their murdered children and wonder how the angels’ promise of peace on earth could possibly be true. Join us for week three of Christmas in Exile where we explore how grief and loss are often magnified at Christmas time and how Jesus meets us in the sorrow.…

Out of Egypt

From a group of nomadic refugees fleeing persecution in Egypt, to a young refugee couple forced to deliver their baby in a stable, the Bible tells the story of God working through aliens and strangers to bring about His kingdom. The subversive message of Christmas is that God Himself endured a self-imposed exile from heaven to deliver us from our exile in sin. Join us online or in person this advent season as we reexamine the Christmas story. Passage: Exodus…

You Can Call Me Rocky

Jesus changed Simon’s name to Peter based on his declaration about Jesus’ true identity. In doing so, Jesus not only revealed Peter’s true identity but the identity of every person who would become a part of the Jesus movement. The Church is not a building, but a body; not a meeting, but a movement, not an organization, but an organism. Join us for week 3 of What’s in a Name as we consider what it means to be the church.…

As Good As It Gets

An Idol is made when we worship one of God’s good gifts rather than the One who gave us the gift. Our culture has made an idol of romance and marriage. This has not only damaged the institution of marriage but our understanding of God’s plan and purpose for marriage. Join us for the final message in Ever After where we learn that marriage is a broken and temporary signpost pointing us to something far more permanent and perfect.   Marriage Myth #4: The myth of as good as it gets Marriage is a temporary and broken signpost pointing toward a permanent and perfect union with God through Jesus Christ. Marriage is…

A Sign of Believing

A watermark is a faint design embedded in some papers and is used for branding, as a mark of authenticity, and is a sign of quality. Look closely at the currency in your wallet and you will find a watermark that ensures that what you hold is real and will be backed by the government. Throughout the ministry of Jesus and the history of the church, baptism has been the watermark of a true disciple. Join us for week one…

Be Still

While Zechariah and Elizabeth appeared to be a couple running out of time, Mary and Joseph appeared to have time on their side. Only recently engaged, this couple had their entire lives in front of them. There would be a wedding and eventually a family. But God had other plans. Long before the wedding night, Mary was told that she was going to be a mother, and that her child would be the Son of God. Join us for part…

The Pursuit of Happiness

While we can never achieve holiness in our own power, the way we choose to live and interact with the world is a powerful witness to what we truly believe about Jesus and His Kingdom.  Passage: Matthew 5:3-14 Principle: Embrace your emptiness and experience God’s sufficiency (Matthew 5:3-6) Live sacrificially for the sake of loving others (Matthew 5:7-12) Practice: Be an agent for healing (Matthew 5:13) Be a source of light (Matthew 5:14-16) Daily Readings: Day 1: Matthew 5Day 2: 1…

Making the Kingdom Great Again

Jesus assembled a politically diverse group of followers to serve as His first disciples. Not only did He call Matthew — a Roman tax collector and sympathizer — but He also called Simon the Zealot — a hard core Jewish nationalist and revolutionary. These two men had about as much in common as Nancy Pelosi and Donald Trump! How was it possible that two people with starkly different ideas both followed Jesus and even gave their lives for His cause?…

The Secret of Loving Everyone, Always

Before leaving His disciples, Jesus gave them one commandment to obey and a great mission to accomplish. His Great Commandment was to love God and love others. His Great Commission was to go into all the world to make disciples. These verses are among His most often repeated words. At Southside, we believe a great commitment to the Great Commandment and the Great Commission will build a great church. If we are going to follow Jesus, we must do both. Join us for part two of Tightrope where we will…

Vacuums, Despots, and COVID-19

Aristotle said, “Nature abhors a vacuum,” meaning that every space in nature needs to be filled with something. This isn’t only true about black holes; it is true of the human soul. Jesus identified this truth by telling a strange story of an exorcism gone bad. But upon closer examination, we discover that Jesus’ warning is about much more than exorcism. He is warning us about the empty spaces in our lives and the consequences of ignoring those vacancies. Join…

Watch and Pray

We do everything we can to avoid painful realities. There are two techniques that have proven especially effective, however. These are hyperactivity and sedation. On one hand, we keep ourselves so busy that we stay ahead of the painful realities of our lives, and on the other, we sedate ourselves so we can sleep through the pain. We rush around all day until we finally crash,only to awaken to start the cycle all over again. Meanwhile, our souls are shriveling…