Church of the Open Door

Sermons 2014

  • February 9, 2014

    The Balance Between Rebuke and Forgiveness

    by COD

    When it comes to rebuking a believer caught in a sin, the opinions can vary between inappropriateness, invasiveness, or indecency. But how does a disciple deal with a “brother.” within the community, who chooses a sinful path? Jesus provides the systematic approach that balances compassion with confrontation to protect the Body of Christ and restore the believer. As disciples of Jesus, we need to follow these steps as dictated by Christ.

  • February 2, 2014

    Lessons While Walking on Water

    by COD

    New Testament scholar, Jonathan Pennington, once warned, “If we preach or teach Matthew 14:22-33 without focusing first on Jesus’s power, divine nature, and Sonship, then we have certainly missed the boat (pun intended).” It truly is fascinating to observe how stories, from the experiences of others, can produce life-changing results, good or bad. Unfortunately, these experiences often take central focus to the truth about Christ. Therefore, in order to avoid this confusion, we will view the story of Jesus walking on the water from the perspective of the power and compassion of Jesus, the Son of God. Matthew affectionately draws our attention to the work of God in Christ as he strengthens our faith. Jesus strengthens our faith through these three lessons.

  • January 26, 2014

    The Commitment of the Genuine Disciple

    by COD

    The attitude of the true disciple of Jesus is the result of genuine faith because it is working through the new nature that ultimately impacts the character of that disciple. Likewise, the activity of the true disciple of Jesus is also the direct result of genuine faith because it too is working through the new nature that ultimately impacts the commitment of that disciple. Jesus teaches that a commitment to Christ is not a passing craze seeking celebrity status; rather, it is a willingness to sacrifice relationships, passions, and intentions in exchange for remaining loyal to Jesus’ lordship. Matthew records Jesus’ second sermon and warns against the potential for wrong thinking as it concerns living as a follower of Christ. Therefore, as genuine disciples of Jesus, you need to be committed in thinking biblically in your relationships, passions, and intentions.

  • January 19, 2014

    Guarding Against Hypocrisy

    by COD

    Matthew, in his gospel, delivers five sermons preached by Jesus Christ during His three-plus- year ministry; the first of which arises after he identifies Jesus as the legitimate authority in the consortium of religious giants. Matthew portrays Jesus as the fulfillment of the Davidic Covenant, the Savior, the “God with us,” the rightful King of the Jews, the object of the Baptist’s preaching, the One whom the Holy Spirit descends upon, and the One who achieved victory in the wilderness. This is the One we must believe, to be a true disciple of Jesus Christ. But what does that life actually look like? What are the characteristics, nature, and behavior of kingdom dwellers? This Sermon on the Mount does not make a believer, but it does describe the character of a true disciple of Jesus. In chapter 6, Jesus teaches how we are to stand against hypocrisy and live as a true disciple of Jesus.

  • January 12, 2014

    Comfortable Christmas

    by COD

    Special sermon from Dr. Sam Harbin Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 2