Sermons by Pastor Matthew Shorack

Sermons by Pastor Matthew Shorack

Self Diverted (Jonah)

Jonah Twelve Minor Prophets With Major Life Lessons Unforgiveness can weigh heavy on our souls. Ephesians 4:31-32; Colossians 3:13 Background The book of Jonah is about a rebellious prophet, who is angry at God, for offering forgiveness to Jonah’s enemies. There’s only one other place in the Old Testament that talks about Jonah. During the reign of one of Israel’s worst kings, Jeroboam II. (2 Kings 14:23-25) God reversed Jonah’s prophesy in Amos 6:13-14. Jonah is unlike any other book.…

Pride Comes Before… (Obadiah)

Obadiah 1:1-21 Twelve Minor Prophets With Major Life Lessons Background: The Edomites and the Israelites had a shared ancestry. Abraham and Sarah had Isaac who married Rebekah. They had two sons Jacob and Esau who didn’t get along. (Genesis 25-27) Later Jacob was named Israel and Esau became Edom. This eventually became the names of the two families who descended from them who also didn’t get along, but they still shared a family background. Edom betrayed Israel and that’s when…

Justice and Righteousness (Amos)

Amos Twelve Minor Prophets With Major Life Lessons (Series) Historical setting: Before Amos began prophesying for the Lord, he had been one of the shepherds of Tekoa, in the hill country of Judah. The Northern Kingdom of Israel, to whom Amos’ message was directed, was at the pinnacle of its power. The rich enjoyed an indulgent lifestyle, while the poor became targets, for exploitation. Chapters 1-2 Amos accuses the nations surrounding Israel. Then Amos accuses Israel in much stronger way…

God Restores (Joel)

Joel 1:1-3:21 Twelve Minor Prophets With Major Life Lessons (Series) Historical setting: Six of the minor Prophets minister to Judah. Obadiah, Joel, Micah, Nahum, Zephaniah, Habakkuk. Joel was most likely written during the time of Ezra and Nehemiah after coming home from exile. Joel quotes from 8 other Old Testament Books. The Day of the Lord When God confronts evil and saves.   Two Parallel Poems: 1) Joel 1:1-20 -PAST Day Locus swarm Egypt/Israel People called to repentance Joel repents…

God Is Faithful (Hosea)

Hosea : Twelve Minor Prophets With Major Life Lessons (Series) Historical setting: Hosea lived in the Northern Kingdom of Israel, about 200 years after they had separated from Judah in the South. Hosea spoke for the Lord during the reign of Jeroboam 2nd, one of Israel’s most wicked kings. (1 Kings 12) The Lord tells Hosea that the Assyrian Empire will soon destroy Israel. (2 Kings 14-17) This book is split into 3 main sections. (1-3;4-11,12-14) Hosea 1-3: Hosea is…

The Kingdom of God

Luke 17:20-21 Experiencing Freedom Over Darkness (Series) What is the kingdom of God and does it take place in our eternal future, or is it a present reality to experience now? Psalms 103:19 “The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.” The Kingdom of God means that God’s reign and rule governs all things. Luke 17:20-21 “Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming…

Broken Relationships

Luke 15:11-32 Experiencing Freedom Over Darkness (Series) Luke 15:11-16 (11-12) “Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.” Rebellion: The son broke off relationship with his family and went far away. When the younger son asked for his share of the estate, he was saying to his father, “I wish you were dead!” We are always…

Social Media Monsters

Social Media Monsters Galatians 5:13-20 Experiencing Freedom Over Darkness (Series) Galatians 5:13-14 13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Leviticus 19:18) First century Judaizers believed Paul’s doctrine of grace was dangerous! They said it replaced Law with license. They misunderstood Paul’s teaching…

The Right Battle

James 4:1-7 Experience Victory Over Darkness (Series) What causes fights and arguments between believers? We are at war with ourselves. James 4:1 “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?” The essence of sin is selfishness. James 4:2-3 “You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God.…

Absolute Redemption

Hebrews 9:12 Experience Victory Over Darkness (Series) Redemption describes Jesus work on the cross. It is expressed by 5 Greek words with different points of emphasis. 1)Redemption: Apolytrosis (Luke 19:1-10) To release from bondage upon payment of ransom. Luke 19:10 “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” 2)Redeem: Exagorazo (Revelation 5:1-9) To buy or take out of the market (Slave market). Revelation 5:9 “‘And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to…

Identity Lost and Found

Romans 6:23 Experience Victory over Darkness (Series) Genesis 1:27-31 27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” 29 Then God said, “I…

Spiritual Health

1 Corinthians 12:1—13:13 The Forgotten Person of the Trinity (Series) Unity: 1 Corinthians 12:1-13 (4-7 & 11) 4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 11…

Holy Spirit Power

Galatians 3: 1-9 The Forgotten Person of the Trinity (Series) Galatians 3:1 You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. Common sense in our faith. Galatians 3:2-5 I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? 3 Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying…

Empty Not Empty

John 20:1-16 Tragedy or Triumph? (Easter Series) John 20:1-3 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” 3 So Peter and the…

Guess Who’s Coming?

Luke 19:37-44 Tragedy or Triumph? Luke 19:37-40 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: 38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” 40 “I…

United But Unique

United But Unique Matthew 3:16-17 The Forgotten Person of the Trinity (Series) Genesis 1:1-2 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. The Spirit is God. Matthew 3:16-17 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit…
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