Sermons by Riley Driver

Sermons by Riley Driver

Matthew

Matthew 18:15-35

Matthew 18:15-35, August 2, 2020 Forgiveness – How Shall I Forgive   18:15-17 If your brother … .  Jesus begins His teaching on forgiveness with the case of a believer who has wronged another believer. This refers in many ways directly back to what Jesus had just said 12 “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the…
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Matthew 18:5-15

Matthew 18:5-15, July 26, 2020 These Little Ones – Believers  “Children do not try to be humble, but they are so; and the same is the case with really gracious persons. The imitation of humility is sickening; the reality is attractive.” (Spurgeon) 18:4. It is in verse 4 Jesus directly answers the question of the disciples, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? Let’s read v4 again. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the…
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Matthew 18:1-4

Matthew 18:1-4, July 19, 2020 Not Of This World  18:1-4  Kingdom of Heaven. Greatness. Their grasp or idea of greatness came from the world. Jesus wants to change the understanding they had. And He wants to change our understanding as well.  Change. The disciples had to change or turn from their ideas of greatness in the world. To change their ideas would change their actions, just as it will or did for us. To turn from one way of thinking…
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Matthew 17:14-27

Please note that the podcast had a slight recording problem at the beginning of the message. July 12, 2020 Matthew 17:14-27 Coming Down the Mountain  Review  17:1-2 Jesus transfiguration. Six days later. There He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. In our world though if something goes through a metamorphosis it is a one way street. Most common example is a butterfly, but a butterfly will never…
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Matthew 17:1-13

Matthew 17:1-13, July 05, 2020 Transfiguration  Discipleship Review  16:24-28  After predicting His death and resurrection He begins to tell His disciples what it means to be one of His disciples.  Ask yourself what is a disciple? Jesus names three conditions for anyone who wants to be His disciple  1 – the person must deny them self 2 – the person must take up their cross 3 – the person must follow Him Vine’s Dictionary: A “disciple” was not only a…
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Matthew 16:24-28

Matthew 16:24-28, June 28, 2020 Discipleship  Review  16:21-23 Jesus Predicts His Death. Sad and terrible truth for His disciples. Knowing now who He is, they learn He has to die and on the third day be raised back to life.  It was so terrible that Peter privately rebuked Him. Of course Jesus was having none of that and publically rebuked Peter. Jesus’ rebuke showed the difference in how He and Peter looked at the same thing.  We, like Peter, often…
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Matthew 15:29 – 16:4

Matthew 15:29-16:4 – June 14, 2020 Who Believes, Who Has Faith  Three Keys 1) First a Centurion in Capernaum, small Jewish fishing and agricultural community on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee (Matthew 8:5-13) 2) Next a Jewish man in the Jewish area of Galilee in a synagogue with a shriveled hand was healed on the Sabbath whereupon the Pharisees plotted to kill Him. This led Matthew 12:17-21 to quote from Isaiah 42 which ends ‘In His name…
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Matthew 15:1-28

Matthew 15:1-28 – June 07, 2020 Defiling Words vs Great Faith  Review:  Jesus mourns: Back to 14:22-23 where Jesus finally has time to be alone and pray. To turn to His Father and mourn the death of John the Baptist. Recall 14:13a When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Why was He looking for solitude? Remember how He had spoken of John only a little earlier in 11:11 Truly I tell you,…
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Matthew 14:22-36

Matthew 14:22-36 – May 31, 2020 Jesus Walks on Water  Review 8:23-27 The beginning of understanding. When Jesus got into the boat His disciples followed Him – they had made a decision and were not waiting to follow Him. Then the storm. Many of them may have been seamen, fishermen, but the waves were breaking over the sides of the boat. They tried all they could and it was not enough. They became fearful of dying. In their fear they…
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Matthew 14:1-21

Matthew 14:1-21 – May 24, 2020 John the Baptist & Feeding 5,000 14:1-2 At that time. Herod Antipas was the ruler over one fourth of the region of Palestine under the rule of the Romans, especially the region of Galilee. His father, Herod the Great, had ruled over all of Palestine: . The territory given to Archelaus to rule over was taken over by the Romans because of his incompetence … Jesus referred to this in Luke 19:11-14, the beginning…
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Matthew 13:24-58

Matthew 13:24-58 – May 17, 2020 The Rest of the Parables – Chapter 13 Introduction/Summary: When unbelief investigates the supernatural work of God it comes up empty. It cannot recognize the works of God because it will not recognize the truth of God.  (J.M.) This entire chapter points to the contrast between two options belief and unbelief with a tool for recognizing belief – fruit/paying the price. On that basis alone, Christ either accepts or rejects one into the kingdom…
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Matthew 13:1-23

Matthew 13:1-23 – May 10, 2020 The Parable of the Sower A transition occurs in Matthew in this chapter. Before Jesus would teach the good news that the Kingdom of Heaven is near and at times illustrate the message with a parable. In this chapter He teaches with parables and reveals their meanings only to His disciples. Jesus chooses at this time to use the parabolic method of teaching to withhold further truth about Himself and the kingdom of heaven…