Sermons by Ben Peacock (Page 2)
It is the plight of many religious person to gain eternal life, to be on the good side of their deity when they die. In this passage, a rich young man asks Jesus what he needs to do to gain this prize. Jesus’ answer leaves the man sorrowful and challenged all who heard it. Pastor Ben helps us to see the beauty of finding eternal life in Jesus.
We all know the pain of being wronged by someone else… and we all know the guilt and shame of hurting others. Life in community when we are broken people living in a broken world is difficult. But Jesus shows us a better way of handling this brokenness. Pastor Ben unpacks Jesus’ teaching on forgiveness.
Jesus has had many confrontations with religious leaders, but in today’s passage we see an official delegation from Jerusalem come all the way out to question Him. As they seek to trap Him, Jesus will speak a word of truth about how these leaders had elevated their traditions over the word of God… Pastor Ben helps us see this is a word of truth we need to hear today as well.
Success in this world tends to be measured by acceptance. If lots of people accept you, that makes you successful. But in this passage we see Jesus rejected by His own family and friends, and we see John rejected by King Herod… we might be tempted to think of their ministry as giant failures due to this rejection, but Pastor Ben helps us see past worldly measurements of success.
Everyone wanted a piece of the Messiah, everyone had their own pre-conceived ideas about Him. Well in this passage, Pastor Ben will show us how the religious leaders of Jesus’ day let their ideas about the Messiah drive them to make a fatal mistake in how they treated Jesus.
We have seen that following Jesus comes with a cost. This week Pastor Ben helps us to see the intimate details of that cost as he looks at the way Jesus calls His disciples to following Him onto the mission field.
We all love things to be authentic and genuine, not fake. Well what about our faith in Jesus? How can we know if our claim to follow Jesus is authentic or fake? Pastor Ben helps us see what real faith looks like from Jesus’ teaching about the difference between true and false discipleship.
A common critique that is levelled against Christianity is that Christians are hypocrites. It is said that Christians say one thing and then go ahead and avoid doing the very thing they said they would do. The expectation is that Christians should practice what they preach. Interestingly, Jesus disliked hypocrites in much the same way that we do today. In fact, Jesus rebuked the religious people of his day for living a life of show and pretense. Their so-called religion…
This week we begin looking at Jesus’ sermon on the mount in Matthew 5. This sermon is a picture of how the citizens of God’s Kingdom are to live their lives. But in many ways, it is a picture that is strange for us to understand because the citizens of Jesus’ Kingdom are not those who are strong and independent but those who are humble and dependent on God. These citizens live lives that are unique and strangely inviting. These…
Good news is the announcement that something wonderful has happened! Good news breaks into our lives bringing hope to out future. And this is why Matthew describes Jesus’ ministry as the declaration of good news because Jesus came to give lasting hope to lost people. Jesus is the light of God’s Kingdom that shines into the darkness.