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Sermons by Todd Dykstra

The Return to Nazareth: More Proof That Christ is King

Matthew 2:19-23 1.  The Obedient Return to Nazareth2.  The Clear Fulfillment of Prophecy.      A.  Foretold by ‘Prophets’ not a specific ‘prophet’.      B.  Nazareth is a synonym for someone despised and rejected – a slur.            1)  ‘Inferior’ racially, geographically, politically, economically, culturally, linguistically, religiously.                     John…

The Magi’s Visit To The Child King

Matthew 2:1-12 There were three responses to the birth of Christ.      The wise men – “We have come to worship Him”.      Herod – Pride, arrogance and unwillingness to follow Christ’s demands.      The Jewish leaders – Indifference 1.  The Intense Interest of the Magi – Vs. 1-2.              Daniel 2:2 – Diviners,…

The Virgin Birth of the King

Matthew 1:18-25 Why Is The Virgin Birth Important?It proves the existence of the God-manIt proves, and ensures, the sinlessness of Jesus ChristIt provides a supernatural evidence of Christ’s uniqueness  The embarrassing circumstance of Mary.       Deuteronomy 22:23-24, Matthew 25:1-10.       The Holy Spirit’s creativity:  Genesis 2, Psalm 104:3, Ezekiel 37:14, Isaiah 11:2, 42:1    The Secret Plan of Joseph  The Surprising…

Introduction to Matthew: The King and His Kingdom

Selected Scripture A Survey of the Old Testament to show what Matthew was thinking Genesis 1:26-28 – God has created humanity in His image in order to exercise dominionGenesis 3:15-19 – There was a promise in the curseGenesis 12:-1-3 – Abrahamic covenant; A seed of Eve will bring hopeGenesis 49:8-10 – A King is coming from the line of JudahNumbers 24:15-17 –…

Learning To Hold Your Plans Loosely

Proverbs 16:1-4 God is sovereignly in control of EVERYTHINGPsalm 47:2, 115:3, 130:19: Ephesians 1:11Creation: Genesis 1, Colossians 1 .Nations: Daniel 2:21, 4:17                 Salvation: John 3:8, Ephesians 1:4Our Length of Days: Psalm 139       Recognize The Sovereignty of God In Your Life – Vs. 1.     It is wise for us to plan – Proverbs…

The Various Forms of Constructive Speech

Select Scripture Do our words build up or tear down? Proverbs 10:21, 14:3, 20:5  Few Words – calculated, controlled, careful, deliberate.          Proverbs 17:28, 10:8, 10, 19; 11:12, 13:3, 15:28, 21:23, James 1:19  Timely Words – Words that are apt and appropriate for that particular situation.     A.  Words of Encouragement.          Proverbs 12:25, 15:23, 16:24,…

Help For Hot Heads

Select Scripture The first sin recorded in the Bible – Genesis 4:4-9 – Murder driven by rage Jesus considered anger on a par with murder – Matthew 5:21-24 Paul warned about deeds of sinfulness – Galatians 5:19-21, 2 Corinthians 12:20 Anger is the precursor to, and associated with, many other sins – Ephesians 4:21, Colossians 3:8. .           …

Integrity: The Power Of A Good Name

Select Proverbs Wisdom is the application of biblical knowledge to your life Integrity is the consistent harmony of convictions and conduct Psalm 15:1-2, 26:1; Job 1:1, 8, 2:3; Daniel 1:8-16, 6:10, 2:16-18, 1 Kings 9:3-4 Five benefits of a life of integrity 1.  It Is More Valuable Than Riches .         Proverbs 15:16-17, 16:8-22, Ecclesiastes 7:1, Proverbs 28:6 2.  It…