1. John the Baptist’s question in our text offers you an opportunity to help your congregation take seriously the doubts experienced by those who live by faith.
  2. The Lord is coming, that much is certain. He is coming to reign, not only over the heavens, but also over the members of your congregation.
  3. The command to love those nearby is as challenging as it is simple. Jesus took the initiative to come near to us in loving sacrifice.
  4. In other words, preachers need to help Christians navigate election season faithfully. This text can help.
  5. Jesus is making it crystal clear that the master, the king, God Himself decides who is and who is not welcome in His Kingdom.
  6. Contrary to common American Christian thinking, you would emphasize the individual is not the center of the biblical narrative. Christianity is not primarily about me and my relationship with Jesus.
  7. Peter stands again this week as a model Christian. He is not the type of model to emulate, however.
  8. Two things are ultimately certain in life, and they are not death and taxes. It is Jesus’ return and the preservation of His people until that day.
  9. This week’s miracle invites you to engage in an honest consideration of something pressing for every believer at some time in their lives: God’s silence.
  10. If the feeding of the 5000 invited an emphasis on Jesus’ COMPASSION, this week’s miracle invites a sermon focused on Jesus’ AUTHORITY.
  11. Jesus’ miracle in this sermon, then, is a type of the compassion He has for your hearers. While they certainly have many physical needs, your hearers also (more fundamentally) need Jesus’ mercy and forgiveness.
  12. If your congregation promotes and supports “family values,” you should be prepared to take this text head-on.

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