Posts in Matt Haste (speaker)
Exodus 20:14 || Purity

'“Ten Words” Sermon Series || The 7th commandment, to not commit adultery, reminds us that God holds the institution of marriage in high esteem. So high, in fact, that He uses this picture the most throughout the Bible to describe His relationship with His people. Therefore, it is vital that we not only have a proper understanding of His design for marriage, but that we value and prize it as highly as He does.

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Exodus 20:8-11 || Work and Rest

'“Ten Words” Sermon Series || In Genesis we are told that after God finished creating He rested on the 7th day. He then instructs His people throughout Exodus to rest, just as He rested. Why? Why did God rest? Why does He command us to rest? Are we supposed to rest in the same way as Israel rested? Or, does Jesus, the Lord of the Sabbath, transform the way we understand and practice rest?

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Exodus 20:4-6 || Acceptable Worship

'“Ten Words” Sermon Series || We learn from the first commandment there is no one like God, therefore He alone is to be worshiped. In the second commandment God reveals there are both acceptable and unacceptable ways to worship Him. We are not to make an image of Him because our finite minds cannot grasp His full character. You and I may no be tempted to carve a piece of wood and call it God, but we too are guilty of breaking this command when we define God by what we ‘think’ and ‘feel’ He’s like.

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Exodus 20:3 || Only One God

'“Ten Words” Sermon Series || In the first commandment, God tells us to have no other gods before Him. But how do we do that? Scottish pastor, Thomas Chalmers, addressed this question in his sermon ‘The Expulsive Power of a New Affection’. Chalmers said you may try by demonstrating the world’s vanity. But ultimately it’s futile to convince one to leave the pleasantries of green fields and blue skies by drawing attention to the storm clouds in the distance. Instead, you put forth another object that is more magnificent and worthy of our attachment. In this sermon we look at what it means to not have other gods before God, and the importance of turning our attention to the unmatchable beauty of Christ.

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Exodus 20:1-2 || Ten Words, One Savior

'“Ten Words” Sermon Series || The Ten Commandments are some of the most recognizable words in the entire Bible, yet they are often among the most misunderstood. How has the coming of Jesus transformed these ancient laws? Do these commandments still matter to Christians today? What does it look like to obey them in today’s world? We will explore these questions and more this summer as we look at the Ten Commandments through the lens of Christ. In this introductory message we see in verses 1-2 we three truths about the Law: it’s given by God, it follows the Gospel, and it’s the path of freedom.

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Acts 8:14-25 || Build Them as the Church

‘Reach, Build, Send’ Sermon Series || We exist to reach people with the gospel, build them as the church, and send them into the world for the glory of God. In this second message of our ‘Reach Build Send’ sermon series, we are reminded it’s Jesus who builds His Church. As we continue through Acts 8 we see in verses 14-25 four specific ways the Lord builds His Church.

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Acts 8:1-13 || Reach People with the Gospel

‘Reach, Build, Send’ Sermon Series || We exist to reach people with the gospel, build them as the church, and send them into the world for the glory of God. In this first message of our ‘Reach Build Send’ sermon series, we look to Acts 8:1-13 and Philip’s efforts to reach the people of Samaria, and we are reminded that reaching others will require us to ‘throw our cap over the wall’.

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2 Corinthians 3:14-18 || Greater Freedom

2 Corinthians 3-4 (Unveiled) Series || Many times we don’t realize what we don’t see until we get a glimpse of what we are missing. In this message we look at what happens when the veil is removed. Christ is the one who removes the veil, and when we turn our eyes towards Him we can behold God’s glory. And this freedom to behold Him transforms us into His image.

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2 Corinthians 3:6-11, 17-18

2 Corinthians 3-4 (Unveiled) Series || As seen in these verses, the Corinthians were giving in to the temptation to turn to the law of Moses as their savior. As 21st century Americans, it can be hard for us to relate to this temptation. But though we may not be tempted to run back to the law of Moses, we too have functional saviors we are tempted to turn to. In this sermon, we address 4 common saviors we all are tempted to run to, and we look at Paul's words about how the New Covenant is far superior than the Old Covenant.

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2 Corinthians 3:1-3 || Greater Change

2 Corinthians 3-4 (Unveiled) Series || Following our Exodus series, we examine two chapters from a letter the Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Corinth roughly 1500 years after the Exodus. 2 Corinthians 3 and 4 provide a helpful reflection on Moses and the Old Covenant demonstrating how Christ came to illuminate the dim image of God available to ancient Israel. In contrast to the flashy preachers that had begun to sway the Corinthians from their commitment to Paul’s gospel, Paul takes us through a beautiful presentation of the true glory of God and explains how it transforms everyday life. The New Covenant tears the veil that once hid God’s people from His glory, freeing us to experience the Lord face-to-face. In this first message of our ‘Unveiled’ series we see how when the Holy Spirit dwells within us it not only brings about an internal transformation, but a change of our outward actions.

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Exodus 35-39 || He Delights in Obedience

Exodus (The God Who Renews) Series || In Exodus 35-39 we see the Israelites doing God honoring work, and we are reminded that Israel’s work didn’t end at the moment of their salvation from Egypt. Rather than working for Pharaoh, Israel now works for God. In these 5 chapters we see 4 answers to the question ‘How do we approach work in a way that delights the Lord?’

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Exodus 33-34 || He Welcomes Us Back

Exodus (The God Who Renews) Series || Following Israel’s worship of the golden calf in 32 we see in chapters 33 and 34 further consequences for their actions. But in addition to the justice we see, we also see God’s mercy. In chapter 34 God declares He is both merciful and just. So how can God be equally both of these, and what does that mean for us?

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Exodus 25-27 || He Comes Near To Us

Exodus (The God Who Renews) Series || n Exodus chapters 25 through 27 we are reminded of 3 truths. First, God, though He is all powerful, is also personal and it delights Him to dwell amongst His people. Second, God cares about how He is worshipped, which we see in the careful and detailed instructions He provides on how to build the tabernacle. And thirdly, God will always provide us with what is needed in order to fulfill His commands. Just as He provided the Israelites with the plans and the materials to construct the tabernacle, He provides us with His Spirit who empowers us to walk in accordance with His will. We are running a little behind schedule this week, but yesterday's sermon should be uploaded by this evening. Once it's added you can listen on our website or by podcast. 

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Exodus 23:20-24:18 || He Promises Us a Future

Exodus (The God Who Renews) Series || In these 2 chapters God gives the promises of both victory and relationship to Israel. As we look at these promises we are reminded that His promises are one of the greatest weapons we can wield against the enemy, but also just as this covenant made required death, if we abandon the Lord it will lead to death.

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Exodus 20:1-23:19 || He Shows Us The Way

Exodus (The God Who Renews) Series || In Exodus chapters 20 through 23 God gives the Israelites the 10 commandments, as well as many other commands. As we study these chapters we see that the giving of the Law is a gift, and is used to guide and guard the Israelites. Ultimately though, we see that the Law, both for Israel and us, points us to Christ. As the old Puritan poem goes:

‘Run, John, run, the law commands
But gives us neither feet nor hands,

Far better news the gospel brings:
It bids us fly and gives us wings.’

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