Final Warnings 2, Warnings to the Pharisees

Speaker: Patrick Severson
Series: Consequences of Unbelief
Sermon Info:
In this second part of Mt 23, Jesus turned his attention from warning the people about the religious leaders to warning the leaders themselves about the coming judgment they should expect with all who follow them in their hypocrisy and unbelief. We see in Christ’s judgment against their sin and self-righteousness an indictment against the same kind of sins in us, and a call to repentance and faith in Christ the true Savior.

Final Warnings 1, Warnings about the Pharisees

Speaker: Patrick Severson
Series: Consequences of Unbelief
Sermon Info:
In this last public sermon of Jesus to Israel, Jesus gave his final warnings and judgment upon them. This sermon is part 1 of 2 covering this chapter. In part 1, Jesus warned them about the Pharisees, and the truth behind their religious masks. He exposes the hypocrisy, man-pleasing, and pride of the leaders. And we can learn from their sins and Christ’s warning.

Hard Questions 4, Who is David’s Son and Lord?

Speaker: Patrick Severson
Series: Consequences of Unbelief
Sermon Info:
In this last Q & A in the temple, after hearing and answering hard questions from the religious leaders, Jesus then asked the Pharisees a hard question from the OT. How can David’s son be his Lord? What kind of Messiah did the OT actually promise? Here we see how Jesus turned their attention back to the Messiah they really needed, a Messiah who was both God and man.

Hard Questions 3, The Greatest Commandment

Speaker: Patrick Severson
Series: Consequences of Unbelief
Sermon Info:
Considering the third hard question put to Jesus by the religious leaders, which commandment is the greatest? We look at the intention of the question, the answer, and the importance of the question. We will see what kind of obedience God requires and how the gospel alone produces that kind of obedience.

Hard Questions 2, Resurrection and Marriage

Speaker: Patrick Severson
Series: Consequences of Unbelief
Sermon Info:
Looking at the next hard question put to Jesus by the religious leaders, this time from the Sadducees, asking about the status of marriage after the resurrection. Jesus confronted the unbelief of the Sadducees in their failure to understand the Scriptures or the power of God. We also reflect on the purpose of marriage in light of what Christ said here, and Christ’s mercy to the skeptical Sadducees in reminding them what God had promised them.

Hard Questions 1, Taxes to Caesar

Speaker: Patrick Severson
Series: Consequences of Unbelief
Sermon Info:
Considering the first of four hard questions between Jesus and the religious leaders. In this issue we look at the question of paying taxes to Caesar. We look at the Intention of the question, the Answer to the question, and the Importance of the question for believers then and today. We also reflect on how faith or unbelief manifests itself in the way we honor or dishonor civil authorities.

Parables of Rejection 2

Speaker: Patrick Severson
Series: Consequences of Unbelief
Sermon Info:
In these next parables we see Jesus continuing to confront the religious leaders for their unbelief. In the Parable of the Tenants and the Parable of the Wedding Banquent, we will see the need for true faith, and the consequences of stumbling over Christ in unbelief. Christ explains how the elect are identified not by their outward privileges but by their sincere response to his invitation.