Original Text of the Gospel of Matthew

Matthew 4:17 -- From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near."

Matthew 18 Commentary of the Bible

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Tell It to the Church  ( Matthew 18:15-18 )  Sunday Message

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Today we must do what we have had to do only three previous times in the 36-year history of Peninsula Bible Church. That is to obey the word of our Lord Jesus given in Matthew 18 concerning the handling of a serious moral failure in a member of this church. The passage begins with Verse 15:

Praying Together  ( Matthew 18:18-20 )  Daily Devotion

For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. (Matthew 18:20)

Praying Together  ( Matthew 18:18-20 )  Sunday Message

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This is the seventh in the series on prayer. Perhaps some of you are saying, "How long, O Lord, how long?" If you are, I am tempted to respond with the story of the preacher, new at his church, who preached a sermon mighty and powerful on stealing, and his congregation was very much moved by it. The next Sunday morning he preached exactly the same message and they wondered about this, and on the third Sunday he preached the same message once again. After this, a committee of deacons waited on him, and asked if he did not have some other message. He said yes, he had many.

Where is the Church?  ( Matthew 18:20 )  Sunday Message

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Three of the vital areas of our lives are the church, the home and the nation. It will be thirteen years ago, this month, that I came fresh from Dallas Seminary to the Bay Area and to the work here at Peninsula Bible Fellowship, as it was known then. It was almost thirteen years ago that I first spoke to this group, meeting as a small group down in the community center. I remember the thing that impressed me about it, and which was reflected in the opening story that I told that I would like to repeat this morning.

I reminded them of the visitor to a certain city, who was a stranger in town and he came in and asked a man on the street where the various churches were located. The man was something of a wag. He said to him,

They're right where you would expect them to be. The Episcopal Church is next to the theater, the Presbyterian Church is down by the ice plant, the Methodist Church is next to the gas works, the Baptist Church is over by the river and the Synagogue is next to the bank.

And I remember commenting on the fact of how interesting it was to find a church located in the community center—right where it ought to be.

Well, where is the church? Our subject could be as well entitled What Is The Church or even Why Is The Church? but where is as good as any. As all of us know, churches come in assorted flavors and sizes, and it is also clearly evident to any who are familiar with the present world, that many of the churches that exist today are a far cry from the New Testament concept of a church. And perhaps as we look at what the church is and what it is like and why it exists, it might be helpful to begin by approaching it from the negative—as to what a church is not, since there is such confusion in this area today.

Breaking the Resentment Barrier  ( Matthew 18:21-35 )  Sunday Message

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The parable we have before us deals with the healing of hurts between people, that is, the way to resolve differences, to heal the breaches that frequently come between members of families and members of churches, to dissolve the resentments and settle the bitter feuds and the fights that sometimes break out.