Sermons on Matthew

Jesus: Genealogy and Fairy Tales

This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham: 2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 3 Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar, Perez the father of Hezron, Hezron the…

The Builder King

13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say…

A Beautiful Orthodoxy

Ray Cortese, pastor of Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church (Lecanto, FL), preached this sermon on the opening night of the 42nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America in Houston on June 17, 2014. The humility, leadership, and love expressed in this sermon set the tone for the entire assembly, which was noted for its…

Greed vs. Blessed are the Merciful

Proverbs 11:24: One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Proverbs 28:22,25: A stingy man hastens after wealth and does not know that poverty will come upon him… A greedy man stirs up strife, but the one who trusts in the Lord will be enriched. Psalm 119:36: Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish…

Gluttony vs. Blessed Are Those Who Are Persecuted

Prov 23:19-21: Hear, my son, and be wise, and direct your heart in the way. Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat, for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags. Matt 11:18-19: For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, “He has a demon.” The Son of Man came eating…

Pride vs. Poverty of Spirit

Prov 11:2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Prov 13:10 When there is strife, then there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice. Prov 16:18-19 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. It is better to be of a lowly spirit with…