Sermons by Joe Khan (Page 3)
There are few more emotionally sensitive areas of our lives than marriage, sexuality and relationships. Perhaps this is why the Pharisees chose to use a question about divorce to trap Him. Pastor Joe unpacks Jesus’ answer and helps us wrestle with how to reckon with God’s vision of marriage.
Jesus has set His face towards Jerusalem, back towards the rejection and opposition of the religious elite. As He does this, His teaching to His disciples becomes more pointed. This week, Pastor Joe unpacks how Jesus’ disciples instructed His disciples to think about their engagement with the world.
The life of the disciples had become increasingly chaotic as they continued to follow Jesus. But this week, Jesus takes a small band of them up a mountain to show them something that will cut through the chaos they faced. And it is a truth we desperately need to hear today!
By this time, there was a huge variety of ideas about Jesus that different people held. But in this passage Peter declares a vision of Jesus that does not spring from the ideas of the world, but from God Himself. Pastor Joe unpacks this truth and the radical call that it places on our lives.
As Jesus continues to minister in Gentile territory, we find Him repeating one of His most pivotal miracles, feeding the multitude. But it is the reason He performs this, and many other miracles, that Pastor Joe will challenge us with.
Having been rejected by the Jerusalem elite, Jesus moves out into Gentile territory. Here He meets a Canaanite woman, and from His interaction with her, we see how the gospel of Jesus Christ will keep moving despite the rejection of powerful people.
In life, we celebrate learning by commemorating out those moments that mark out our growing independence. Well, the disciples are clearly learning and growing from their Master Jesus. So what does their growth look like? Pastor Joe will help us see what discipleship growth looks like by unpacking two of Jesus’ more spectacular miracles.
By this point in their journey with Jesus, the disciples were probably beginning to realise that following Jesus placed them in a significant minority… sure the crowds gathered to Him, but amongst the people who had all the sway in society, they were on the outer. Pastor Joe helps us see why following Jesus is worth it, even if it pushes us into the minority.
It has been clear in our journey through Matthew’s gospel, that some people receive Jesus and some reject Him… this week, Pastor Joe unpacks the first of a series of parables to show us why Jesus had this effect on people who engaged with His teaching.
Busyness is the new marker of success… if you are busy, it means you are kicking goals in life because you have something to be busy with. But Jesus wants us to see that there is more to life than busyness, and He came to give us rest. Pastor Joe helps us to see where our true rest can be found.