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Church Office Closed Friday, Dec 4 - All Day
Discipleship Classes Sunday, Dec 6 @ 9:00 AM
Morning Worship Sunday, Dec 6 @ 10:00 AM
Church Council Meeting Sunday, Dec 6 @ 12:00 PM
Family Ministry Night Sunday, Dec 6 @ 4:00 PM

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Sunday Morning Worship for Dec. 6, 2020




The Power of King Jesus

Matthew 8


Matthew 8:17  This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet:  "HE HIMSELF TOOK OUR INFIRMITIES AND CARRIED AWAY OUR DISEASES."


Purpose:  When you follow Jesus, you follow the Creator God and Sovereign Lord


1.  Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.”

Matthew 8:1 When Jesus came down from the mountain, large crowds followed Him. 2 And a leper came to Him and bowed down before Him, and said, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” 3 Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 4 And Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one; but go, show yourself to the priest and present the offering that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

         Jesus Has Power to Cleanse So that You Too May Worship Him

         Jesus Cleanses a Leper


2.  Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”

Matthew 8:5 And when Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, imploring Him, 6 and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, fearfully tormented.” 7 Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” 8 But the centurion said, “Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 “For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.” 10 Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled and said to those who were following, “Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel. 11 “I say to you that many will come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven; 12 but the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 13 And Jesus said to the centurion, “Go; it shall be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed that very 3moment.

         Jesus Has Power to Heal Anyone, Gentile or Jew, Who Believes in Him

         Jesus Heals the Centurion’s Servant

         Jesus compares the Gentile’s true faith with the lack of Israel’s faith

         Believing Gentiles are in the Kingdom of Heaven

   Note the Old Testament Covenant language with Kingdom language (v. 11)


3.  “He touched her hand, and the fever left her”

Matthew 8:14 When Jesus came into Peter’s home, He saw his mother-in-law lying sick in bed with a fever. 15 He touched her hand, and the fever left her; and she got up and waited on Him. 16 When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet: “HE HIMSELF TOOK OUR INFIRMITIES AND CARRIED AWAY OUR DISEASES.”

         Jesus Has Power to Heal the Ill and Demon-Possessed

         FULFILLMENT of Isaiah 53:4


4.  But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and allow the dead to bury their own dead.”

Matthew 8:18 Now when Jesus saw a crowd around Him, He gave orders to depart to the other side of the sea. 19 Then a scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” 20 Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” 21 Another of the disciples said to Him, “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.” 22 But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and allow the dead to bury their own dead.”  8:23 When He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. 24 And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered with the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep. 25 And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing!” 26 He said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm. 27 The men were amazed, and said, “What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”

         Jesus has power over creation because He is Creator!

         Jesus tells a scribe that He has no place to lay His head (vv. 19-20)

         Jesus tells a disciple to follow Him and leave his family (vv. 21-22)

         Jesus calms the storm and calls the disciples “men of little faith” (vv. 23-27)

                  Creation Obeys Jesus Better Than His Followers

         Begs us to answer the question for ourselves! Who is this Jesus?

         The call of discipleship: Will you follow Jesus Christ?


5.  “Go!”

Matthew 8:28 When He came to the other side into the country of the Gadarenes, two men who were demon-possessed met Him as they were coming out of the tombs. They were so extremely violent that no one could pass by that way. 29 And they cried out, saying, “What business do we have with each other, Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?” 30 Now there was a herd of many swine feeding at a distance from them. 31 The demons began to entreat Him, saying, “If You are going to cast us out, send us into the herd of swine.” 32 And He said to them, “Go!” And they came out and went into the swine, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and perished in the waters. 33 The herdsmen ran away, and went to the city and reported everything, including what had happened to the demoniacs. 34 And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw Him, they implored Him to leave their region.

         Jesus Has Power Over Demons

         Jesus calls Himself “Son of Man” (8:20, see Dan. 7:13),

         …but the demons call Him “Son of God” (8:29)

         The people of the area implore Jesus to leave!



What’s your response to Jesus’s who power over demons and creation to cleanse and heal?

How do you answer the question, “Who is this?”

Are you more like those who have experienced Jesus’s healing?

… Or those with Jesus in the boat? … Or those of the city who push Jesus away?

When you follow Jesus, you follow the Creator God and Sovereign Lord!


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All church members are asked to attend our Congregational Meeting immediately following the morning service on Sunday, December 13th. This will be the final Congregational Meeting of the year and it is vital that we meet. The church must have a congregation approved budget before the end of the year so that we can continue ministry spending on January 1st. Please make every effort to attend the meeting on December 13th. Thank you!


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