01. Easter Sunday // Starting Again - Joel Virgo // Matthew 28:1-15
The guards at Jesus’ tomb had an extraordinary encounter with an angel who descended from heaven. This was so frightening and distressing to these guards that they trembled and became like dead men. However, after this had taken place, they were persuaded to go around the city telling everyone that the disciples stole the body. Despite this being such a significant and memorable event, they were prepared to accept and embrace a story that they knew was not true. In describing this, the bible presents to us our own ability to deceive ourselves to make our lives more convenient.
Mary Magdalene and Mary also witnessed the angel, however they experienced a different kind of fear to the guards, feeling fear but also joy. Our experience of relationship with God will always involve some kind of fear, but it can be a kind of fear that repels you or it can be a fear that draws you closer to Him. When Jesus meets the women He tells them to not be afraid. This is the message of Easter, that we do not need to be afraid because Jesus has won the victory and defeated sin and death.
Jesus then told the women to go and tell His ‘brothers’, referring to His disciples. Jesus, knowing all of the ways that they had failed Him, still referred to them as brothers. Similarly, Jesus knows all of our shortcomings better than we do yet He still calls us family. He is not ashamed of us but welcomes us to come to Him on the basis of what He has done for us. Jesus tells them to tell the disciples to meet Him in Galilee, which is significant because this is the place where they first met Him. He gives a fresh start. In his death He made everything new.
1. Don’t ignore what you know to be true because it is inconvenient. Listen to what God is saying and allow His presence to change things.
2. Don’t hide from God but get to know Him and experience both fear and joy.
3. Trust that you don’t have to do anything to prove yourself, Jesus is not ashamed of you, no matter what you have done, He calls you brother.
17.Easter Sunday // Starting Again - Joel Virgo // Matthew 28:1-15In the final passage of our Hope Is Here Series, we look at how Jesus’ resurrection makes a difference to us in our lives today.
The guards at Jesus’ tomb had an extraordinary encounter with an...
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16.Hope is Here // 12 The Cross - Tobi Ford-Western // Matthew 27:27-50Summary:
The cross represents different things to different people, to some it symbolises Christianity, to others, crucifixion, and others Jesus Himself. While the cross displays many things,...
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15.Hope is Here // 11 Gethsemane - Matt Carvel // Matthew 26:30-56The word ‘Gethsemane’ is derived from two Hebrew words: gat, which means "a place for pressing oil (or wine)" and shemanim, which means "oils." During Jesus' time, heavy...
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14.Hope is Here // 10 The Lord's Supper - Joel Virgo // Matthew 26:17-35In the passage this week, we read about the last night before the crucifixion. This is the crisis point that the story has been building up to. The disciples have been repeatedly told that Jesus is...
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13.Hope is Here 9 // Jesus Curses The Fig Tree - Tobi Ford-Western // Matthew 21:12-14, 18-22Summary:
In this week’s passage, after throwing the people out of the temple Jesus came across a fig tree with no fruit on it and cursed it so that it withered. It would be easy to get the...
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12.Hope is Here // 7 The Cleansing of the Temple - Joel Virgo // Matthew 21:12-17Throughout the bible, we see God’s people taking the gifts that God has given then and using them to be a means of privilege. For example, the sabbath was intended to be a gift of rest but it was...
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11.Hope Is Here // 6 The Triumphant Entry - Tobi Ford-Western // Matthew 21:1-11Summary
This week’s passage tells the story of Palm Sunday and Jesus’ return to Jerusalem. We know that it is an important story because it is written about in all four gospels.
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10.Hope is Here // 5 What do you want? // ApplicationApplication of the sermon: https://youtu.be/16w9LYvEhck
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09.Hope is Here // 5 What do you want? - Joel Virgo // Matthew 20:17-34Recap:
In Matthew 17 we read about the transfiguration where the voice of God says, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” After witnessing this, it would be fair...
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08.Application // The Temple Tax // Matthew 17:24-27From the sermon:
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07.Hope is Here // 4 The Temple Tax - Matt Carvel // Matthew 17:24-27In this week’s passage, Peter is asked if Jesus pays taxes. As laid out in Exodus 30, the Israelites paid tax for the upkeep of the tabernacle and this seems to have been carried over and applied to...
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06.Hope is Here // 3 Jesus and the Children - Matt Carvel // Matthew 19:13-15In the passage this week we hear a story of children being brought to Jesus so that He could lay His hands on them. Firstly what we can see is how the people wanted to bring their children to Jesus,...
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05.Hope is Here // Jesus heals a Boy with a Demon Q and A LiveFollowing the evening service, Tobi Ford-Western and Joel Virgo engaged in a live Q and A around the Sunday passage from the Matthew teaching series
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04.Application // Jesus Heals a Boy with a Demon // Matthew 17:14-20Summary and discussion questions from the talk:
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03.Hope is Here // 2 Jesus Heals a Boy with a Demon - Tobi Ford-Western // Matthew 17:14-20In the passage this week, we read the story of Jesus healing a boy with a demon. Firstly, we see the contrast between the transfiguration in the previous verses, with the chaos of fallen humanity...
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02.Application // The Transfiguration // Matthew 17:1-9Summary and discussion questions from the talk:
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01.Hope is Here // 1 The Transfiguration - Joel Virgo // Matthew 17:1-9This Sunday we began our new spring term series ‘Hope Is Here’. We will be looking at the book of Matthew from where we previously left off as a church, launching into chapter 17.
Often in our...
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