02. Hope is Here // 12 The Cross - Tobi Ford-Western // Matthew 27:27-50
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, first and foremost it is a display of God's love for us.
In the beginning, God demonstrated His love for us by setting us apart from the rest of creation and making us rulers over the earth. He explained to Adam and Eve that they had a choice to either trust Him and receive his blessings, or to go their own way and receive curses. The decision that they made was to reject God and so they received the curses of thorns and thistles, pain in childbearing, and death.
In this week's passage we read about Jesus being dressed up as a pretend king and mocked. Notably, this is the accusation against us, we wanted to be king and have control over our lives, instead of God. But Jesus steps in as our representative and takes the charges against us. He receives our accusations and condemnation.
We read that He has a scarlet robe put on his shoulders and a crown of thorns placed on His head. He takes the scarlet stain of sin and wraps it around Himself and He takes curse of thorns and thistles and wears it on His head. As Jesus is crucified He takes on another curse for us, bearing the marks of childbirth on His hands and feet as He brings forth children for God. Then finally He dies, experiencing physical and spiritual death and separation from God, bearing our full punishment.
Jesus has died for your sin and it’s time for you to give your life to Him.
Let God have control in your life.
When you see the sacrificial service of Jesus, follow His example and serve others.
Jesus gave His life for you, now give your life to Him.
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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