Gospel of Matthew

October 2020

The Great Debate~ Matthew 22: 15-22

By | October 18th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley October 18, 2020 Throughout Jesus's life, he is engaged in debate. During his ministry, the Pharisees were usually his opponents. For example, Jesus questioned them on what was more important to God, what goes in your mouth or what comes out of your mouth. Today's text has asked the question ...

August 2020

Blessed And Broken People~Matthew 1-4, 13-21

By | August 2nd, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley August 2, 2020 Today's lesson is inspired by the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand on the hillside. This is Jesus having church outdoors. The meal that Jesus shared with the people was a sacrament. Jesus did not need a pandemic in order to show compassion to the poor, ...

July 2020

Loamy Christians~ Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23

By | July 12th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley July 12, 2020 Our parable today asks the question of what word is being sown. It is implied that it is Jesus's message about the arrival of the Empire of God. There are different interpretations of what the Empire of God means in different theological frames. The Individual frame believes ...

June 2020

You’re Welcome~Matthew 10: 40-42

By | June 28th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley June 28, 2020 Those who welcome you are welcoming me. Those that welcome me are welcoming the One who sent me. The lesson we learn from Jesus is that, sometimes, welcoming someone is not always easy. By reading the entire 10th chapter, we can better understand the true meaning of ...

Help Wanted, Hard Work~ Matthew 9: 35 – 10:1

By | June 14th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley June 14, 2020 Today, our theme is help wanted. The message from Jesus is that the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few. As we are healing from COVID-19, we can help by wearing masks and social distancing. Pilgrim is doing its part by being cautious concerning opening. We ...

April 2020

The Passion of the Pandemic~ Matthew 26: 14-23

By | April 5th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley April 5, 2020 On this Psalm Sunday, we are still in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. This also marks the beginning of the passion narrative recalling Jesus's suffering and death. After the celebration of his arrival in Jerusalem, Jesus sat with the disciples for dinner.  He tells them that ...

March 2020

February 2020

Blessed are the Troublemakers~Matthew 5: 1-12

By | February 2nd, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley February 2, 2020 The Sermon on the Mount goes to the heart of Jesus's teachings. We need to put it in context though.  We must read the gospels through the len of a radical hermeneutic. We each bring our own interpretations to the text. We must acknowledge that bias as ...

January 2020

Follow Who~Matthew 4:12-23

By | January 26th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley January 26 2020 According to the church calendar, we turn our focus to Jesus's ministry. Last week, we talked about the baptism of Jesus. John the Baptist was his mentor. When John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee.  There he continued to spread the gospel. Jesus was spreading the movement. ...

You Are Enough~ Matthew 3: 13-17

By | January 12th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Jude Johnson January 12 2020 Today, we  are examining the jump in Matthew from Jesus's family running from Herod after being warned by the three kings to Jesus being baptized in the Jordan River. This is a span of thirty years. At the river, John and Jesus go back and forth about who ...

December 2019

A Tyrant, a Terror, and a Toddler~ Matthew 2: 13-23

By | December 29th, 2019|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley December 29 2019 According to scripture, Jesus is in danger soon after he is born. The holy family must escape to Egypt from King Herod. We have a lot of historical information about Herod. He reigned for 40 years. Herod wanted to change the landscape of Israel in order to ...

What Is Joseph So Sad About?~ Matthew 1: 18-25

By | December 22nd, 2019|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley December 22 Having a child is complicated. Joseph should have been happy. He was male, reasonably successful, and respected in society. Yet, having a child is a big responsibility. A woman's health is in danger during a pregnancy. Joseph had the added stress that Mary was not pregnant by him ...

June 2019

February 2019

Where Did I Put Those Keys?~ Matthew 16: 13-20

By | February 17th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Neal Washburn February 17, 2019 The reading today offers us several topics to discuss. Peter is told he is the keeper of the keys to heaven. If you take the Bible literally, then the passage gives us several points.  These are Jesus is the messiah, heaven is real and has a gate that ...