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Sermons by Todd Dykstra

Jesus – The Originator of a New And Better Way

Matthew 9:14-17 1.  The Probing Question About Christ’s Practice – Vs. 14 .           Acts 19:1-4, Matthew 11:18 .       Fasting: Private, Voluntary, Occasional, for a Spiritual Purpose (trials, hardship, difficulties, sin) .       Only 1 mention of  Jesus fasting: Matthew 4:2, but probably also Day of Atonement (Leviticus 23:26-28) 2.  The Insightful Clarification About Christ’s Presence…

Jesus! What a Friend For Sinners

Matthew 9:9-13 Jesus receives sinners and rejects the self-righteous 1 Timothy 1:15   The calling of Matthew to discipleship – Vs. 9 .      A tax collector – Matthew 5:46, Luke 18:11, 19:1-6   The flocking of sinners to Jesus – Vs. 10 .      In Matthew’s house – Mark 2:15, Luke 5:29   The aversion of the Pharisees to…

Jesus’ Authority Over Demons

Matthew 8:28-34 It was necessary for Christ to have authority over demons .        John 8:44, Ephesians 2:2-3, 1 John 1:8 1.  The Graveyard Encounter – Vs. 28 .             Mark 5:3, Luke 8:27 – Living in tombs 2.  The Demonic Confession – Vs. 29 – What demons know about Jesus .       A.  The…

The High Cost of Genuine Discipleship

Matthew 8:18-22 False Disciples: John 2:23-25, 6:66; Matthew 7:13-14,21-23, 10:32-39; Luke 9:23-26, 14:26-33 2 Sacrifices You Must Make to Follow Christ 1.  The Sacrifice of Cherished Comforts – Vss. 18-20 2.  The Sacrifice of Personal Relationships – Vss. 21-22 Implications: 1.  You must not put off following Christ 2.  You don’t get to set the terms of following Christ 3.  We need…

The Savior’s Sovereignty Over Sickness and Satan

Matthew 8:14-17 Characteristics of New Testament Miracles 1. They did not depend on the faith of the recipient 2. They were not performed for money or fame 3.  They were completely successful 4.  They were undeniable 5.  They were immediate and spontaneous 6.  They authenticated a true message and a new revelation .           1 Kings 17:23-24, Acts 2:22,…

Not A Tame Preacher: The Response to the Sermon on the Mount

Matthew 7:28-29 The Effect Of Christ’s Preaching – “Astonished” .        Matthew 13:54, 19:25, 22:33; Mark 1:22, 6:2, 11:18; Luke 4:31-32, John 7:46 The Nature Of Christ’s Preaching – Authority of words leads to authority of works Characteristics of Jesus’ Preaching 1.  The Clarity of His Preaching Was Authoritative .        Use of Illustrations – Matthew 5:13-14, 6:26-30,…

Evidence #1 of Authentic Righteousness: Restored Relationships

Matthew 5:21-26 Stages in Church Division1.  Hurt                          4.  Avoidance2.  Bitterness                5.  Collaboration3.  Rationalization      6.  Division The Bible says a lot about relationships.           Psalm 133:1, Romans 12:18, 1 Corinthians 1:10, Ephesians 4:13, Philippians 1:27, 2:1-2, 4:2.     …

The Radical Righteousness of the Kingdom – Part 3

Matthew 5:17-20 First Week – Part 1. I.  The Prophetic Fulfillment of Christ’s Ministry – Vs. 17Last Week – Part 2.II.  The Unbreakable Certainty of God’s WordIII.  The Required Faithfulness of Biblical Teachers This Week – Part 3IV.  The Kingdom Demand For Higher Righteousness – Vs. 20.          Not a ‘higher’ righteousness – a different righteousness – internal heart…

You Are The Salt Of The Earth

Matthew 5:13 Three Ways of Dealing with a Devolving Culture1.  Isolation     2.  Identification    3. Involved/Influencing/Impacting  I.  Believers Must Impact The Godless World With a Penetrating Influence.          2 Timothy 3:13, 1-5.          .     Characteristics of Salt .          .          Flavor – Colossians 4:6.         …