Communion with God: Prayer

May 12, 2013 | Series: Communion with God. Scripture: Matthew. Speakers: Pastor Mitch Freeman.

Matthew 6:5-8
Too often, we struggle with prayer because we misunderstand the nature of prayer. Prayer isn’t a duty to be performed. Instead, it is communion with God. In this sermon, we’ll see that our prayer life can be transformed when we use it to relate to God as our heavenly Father.

Making Disciples

January 13, 2013 | Series: The Work of God's Word in His Church. Scripture: Matthew. Speakers: Pastor Mitch Freeman.

Matthew 28:18-20
Jesus commands his church to make disciples. How should we do this? And what does this look like at East Madison? In this sermon, we’ll answer these questions as we understand Jesus’ great commission to the church.

Why Are We Going?

June 17, 2012 | Series: Missions. Scripture: Matthew. Speakers: Pastor Mitch Freeman.

Matthew 28:16-20
The first disciples faced many barriers to obeying Christ’s command to “go and make disciples.” Those barriers still exist today. Jesus, however, anticipated every barrier, fear, and objection. He answered them with two powerful statements.

Pray Then Like This… (Part 2)

November 13, 2011 | Series: Prayer. Scripture: Matthew. Speakers: Jason Donaldson.

Matthew 6:9-13

In the second half of the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus turns our attention from God (how he makes himself known, his moral rule, and his purposes) to our own needs, material, moral, and spiritual.  This continuing pattern for our own prayer remind us regularly of the extent to which we depend upon the Lord for every aspect of our life, and the extent of his grace in those whom he holds as his children

Pray Then Like This… (Part 1)

November 6, 2011 | Series: Prayer. Scripture: Matthew. Speakers: Pastor Mitch Freeman.

Matthew 6:9-13

Prayer can be hypocritical, faithless, and even un-Christian. But Jesus teaches us a better way to pray. In the first three petitions of the Lord’s Prayer, he focuses our priorities upon God’s name, kingdom, and will.

And When You Pray

October 30, 2011 | Series: Prayer. Scripture: Matthew. Speakers: Pastor Mitch Freeman.

Matthew 6:1-18

God expects his children to pray to him. Most of us, however, are like the disciples who said, “Lord, teach us to pray.” There is honesty in the disciples’ request; they wanted to know how to do something they had already been doing for quite a while. Didn’t they already know how to pray? This admission reminds us, if we’re honest, that prayer isn’t as simple as it sounds. We struggle with self-discipline, with focusing our thoughts, and with knowing what to say. Have I prayed long enough? Is God disappointed in my frail prayer life? Jesus’ response is commonly called the Lord’s Prayer.  A close study of this model prayer will answer a lot of our own questions about prayer. So today we begin a four-part series on the Lord’s Prayer.

A Friend of Sinners

June 26, 2011 | Series: Matthew. Scripture: Matthew. Speakers: Pastor Mitch Freeman.

Matthew 9:9-13
Jesus walked right through several religious barriers in order to reach those who were sick and dying from sin. Then he turned and rebuked the Pharisees who had erected those barriers. Jesus’ method of evangelism challenges us all to examine our own hearts. Are we more like Pharisees than we’re ready to admit? Do we really understand Jesus’ mission?

Calling Sheep to Love and Goats to Turn

May 29, 2011 | Series: Wisdom Literature. Scripture: Matthew. Speakers: Jason Donaldson.

Matthew 25:31-46
In the parables previous to this, Jesus has said much about how His followers are to wait for His return, always ready, prepared to wait, and making use of His resources for His purposes. Now, in the concluding section of the Olivet Discourse, Jesus describes what His followers look like as they wait: Jesus’s disciples love those Jesus loves, not out of seeking reward (though there will be reward for his people) or out of fear of punishment (though there will be punishment for those who are not), but in accordance with their new nature.

What are We Burying?

May 15, 2011 | Series: Wisdom Literature. Scripture: Matthew. Speakers: Jason Donaldson.

Matthew 25:14-30
The Parable of the Talents is in many ways a culmination of Jesus describing how his disciples are to wait for his return. Having told us to be ready at any time, and to be ready to wait longer than we expect, he goes on to describe his expectations of specifically how we are to wait. These expectations are exacting, but encouraging, as they hold out hope of great reward for faithful servants.

Who Killed Jesus?

April 17, 2011 | Series: Victor Over Death. Scripture: Matthew. Speakers: Pastor Mitch Freeman.

Matthew 26-27
Who was responsible for Jesus’ death? Beginning at the foot of the cross, we trace backwards through the final hours of Jesus’ life to find the answer. There are several culpable persons, but they all force us to answer a much bigger question.