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Sermons on Matthew 13

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Why Good Things Go Bad  Click here Click title to view sermon Matthew 13: 24–43
Summary: So many of our best intentions and our most earnest efforts in our personal faith and in social and political reform go bad because we fall asleep while evil is being sown.
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When Failure Is an Option  Click here Click title to view sermon Matthew 13: 1–23
Summary: The parable of the sower teaches us that our efforts to preach and teach the Good News will always be marked by a measure of success and failure.
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Weeds in the Wheat  Click here Click title to view sermon Matthew 13: 24–43
Summary: This parable is about leaving judgments in God’s hands, about waiting until the harvest to pull up the weeds. When evil is rampant and the threat is immediate, we can’t wait that long, but when there is no immanent danger, it’s sometimes a good idea to allow negative people to continue until others see their behavior for what it is. In fact, much of the time, we can wait and let God do the sorting.
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Weeds and the Harvest  Click here Click title to view sermon Matthew 13: 24–43
Summary: Jesus’ parable of the weeds seeks to explain the reality of evil in the world so that God’s people may live confidently and courageously for the sake of God’s mission.
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The Treasure and the Hunter  Click here Click title to view sermon Matthew 13: 31–52
Matthew 13: 44–52 for LFM
Summary: In a series of parables, Jesus tells those committed to him about the kingdom of heaven. With vivid word pictures, he shows them that the kingdom of heaven is indeed “at hand” or among us. He shows them that the kingdom is there for them to seek. He shows them that the kingdom is seeking them.
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The Age of Discovery  Click here Click title to view sermon Matthew 13: 44–52
Summary:  This whole life is the age of discovery, and no one ever exhausts all that God has provided for us to find. But the more we seek him and the more we give all that we have to attain the kingdom of heaven, the greater the joy in our lives.
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Sowing the Word and Growing Faith  Click here Click title to view sermon Matthew 13: 1–23
Summary:  Our everyday experience shows us that words are real and have real effects. Jesus’ parable of the sower is about the ways in which the creative and life-giving word of God affects the lives of different people. Our awareness of the power of God’s words and of the different types of soil into which the seed may fall can help us in communicating our faith to others. It can also alert each one of us to prepare ourselves to hear and nurture the word in our own lives.
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Perfect Timing  Click here Click title to view sermon Matthew 13: 24–43
Summary:  Parable of the weeds among the wheat helps us think about why God seems to delay in the face of our dire need, when his immediate intervention could easily take care of the problems we face. Sometimes suffering makes possible spiritual growth that could occur in no other way. We are not suggesting that God deliberately makes us suffer, but we do benefit from learning to wait on the Lord.
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Human Expectations and God’s Challenges  Click here Click title to view sermon Matthew 13: 31–49
Summary: The five parables present in the Scripture lesson highlight a tension between human expectations for God and God’s actual plans and actions. Jesus’ parables about the kingdom of Heaven challenge us to align our priorities and expectations with God’s way of doing things.
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Holy Uncertainty  Click here Click title to view sermon Matthew 13: 24–43
Summary: The parable of the wheat and weeds is about the judging work of Christ, not the judging work of any human being. Rather than taking the parable as permission to make personal judgments about who is wheat and who is weed, we are better to hear it as a recommendation about how to live in a world that is a mixture of good and bad. It reminds us that we do not have the ability to pluck out all less-than-godly things from life, and that sometimes we can do more harm than good by being too certain we can always distinguish good from bad, especially in the realm of belief.
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From Generation to Generation  Click here Click title to view sermon Matthew 13: 1–23
Summary: Generations coming after us don’t get their faith by osmosis. We need to talk about our faith in our homes with our children, just as the sower puts seed on all his soil. But it isn’t all up to us either, for God is active, and can light new faith fires.
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Something Old, Something New ...  Click here Click title to view sermon Matthew 13: 44–52
Summary: Chapter 13 of Matthew, made up of Jesus’ parables about the kingdom of heaven, concludes with a statement about scribes “trained for the kingdom of heaven”: They will be able to bring forth both the old and the new. The new is Jesus and the kingdom that he proclaims. This is also old, however, because it has been God’s plan from the beginning. We are challenged to deal with the new situations that history will bring by being well versed in the old, the biblical witness to Christ.
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A Sower Went Out to Sow  Click here Click title to view sermon Matthew 13: 1–9
Summary: In the parable of the sower, Jesus tells how the seeds that are sown fall upon different circumstances, and thus have varied outcomes in their ability to produce. But the underlying message is that “the sower went out to sow.” Had he not gone out and sown seeds abundantly, none of the rest of the story would have mattered. He knew that some seeds would not make it, but was counting on the abundant production of the good plants to make up for the ones that didn’t flourish.
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A Careless Farmer  Click here Click title to view sermon Matthew 13: 1–23
Summary: Just as the farmer in the parable allows seed to fall in unlikely places, so God offers the seed of grace even where it might be rejected. The church continues the ministry of offering the seed, even when we don’t see immediate results.
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