Sermons on Matthew
Guest Jack Doorlag has a check-in with us asking how are souls are doing.
Guest Rev. Andrea Deward joins us as she walks through how we need to truly “see” others where they’re at.
Mike walks through why the wilderness is necessary to get to the Promised Land, and how Jesus’ journey to the cross shows this truth.
Mike walks through how peace is not just the absence of conflict, but much more, especially during difficult times when things don’t ever seem peaceful.
Mike walks through the difference between joy and happiness, and how joy is the much better posture, especially during times of suffering.
In this day and age, one of the best gifts that we can receive is hope. When we seem to be in a long season where we don’t get any breaks, where it seems the darkness will never go away, a tiny light always shines. Mike walks through “The Best Gifts: Hope.”
We start our new Advent series, “The Best Gifts,” with a praise celebration, walking through each of the themes of Hope, Joy, Peace, and Love in the midst of suffering.
Mike starts a new series on “Reflecting the Gospel” as we talk about our posture on mission. To talk about reflecting the gospel, we have to talk about what it is! Mike walks through the holistic view of the gospel, which is way beyond a ticket to a better afterlife.
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me…” Most people with a church memory remember the rest of this text that says “you will find rest for your souls.” But what was a rabbi’s yoke? Mike walks through how significant this word is, and how it changes how we view following Jesus.
The Great Commission is a popular text for churches. But much of how it’s applied is more like the “Great Conversion” than what “making disciples” means. Mike walks through the 1st century understanding of disciple making and Jesus’ “authority,” and how this mission gave his disciples is MUCH…
Peter walks on the water. Whether you’ve heard the story or not, most are familiar with it. Most interpret this story on how we need to “keep on our eyes on Jesus and never doubt.” But this is not how the 1st-century Jewish person understood it at all. Mike Lamson walks through how the understanding of disciples believed about following their rabbi and vice-versa has a…
Understanding the schooling of Jewish children gives us tremendous insight on the types of people Jesus chose as his followers. It was as shocking then as it would be today. Mike walks through the invitation of who Jesus invites to the Table each and every day, and why it was so shocking to to the…
What was the 1st Century world of Jesus really like? What did disciples of Jesus actually look like and how did they live? You might be surprised how different that picture is then today.
Grace. It’s a “churchy” word. And many times, those in church think it’s only found in the New Testament. Mike walks through God’s grace in Exodus, and also talks about how many of Jesus’ closest followers were thugs. Grace’s demand is not a burden, but a blessing.
Join us for a special gathering about the season of Epiphany, which means, “revelation.” Join Rev. Sayuri Kist-Okazaki, the first ordained female minister in Japan for the RCA as she walks through its meaning. Make sure you check out the entire service by the RCA Global Board on Missions at our YouTube or Facebook page.
Guest Pastor Jon Sherrill talks about what it means to be a disciple, and that this is our primary call.
An interactive and experiential of Jesus’ journey to the cross, best viewed in video. Interactive guide at: https://bit.ly/2VnoYvM
Pastor Mike starts our journey into Holy Week discussing God’s view of justice, and how God’s grace doesn’t have a grading scale. Keep up with us at www.newgroundchurch.org/live!
Pastor Mike walks through the root of adultery, addressing how Jesus turned this commandment on its head that should challenge, encourage, and inspire us.
Pastor Mike walks through the difference between murdering and killing, and dives deep into what’s behind murder that is closer to home than we think.