SERMON TEXT: Matthew 9:9-13

SCRIPTURES REFERENCED: Luke 18:10-13; Matthew 1:22-23; Matthew 28:19-20

NEW CITY CATECHISM: Question #2 | What is God?


It is no exaggeration to state that the faithful who lived between the end of the first and the end of the second centuries came to know the words and deeds of Christ on the basis of this text.
— Manlio Simonetti, expert in patristic literature from the University of Rome
Grace is unconditional acceptance given to an undeserving person by an unobligated giver. It is one way love....Grace doesn’t make demands. It just gives. And from our vantage point, it always gives to the wrong person.
— Tullian Tchvidjian, One Way Love
A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic—on the level with a man who says he is a poached egg—or he would be the devil of hell. You must take your choice. Either this was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us.
— C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
[As a critique of the liberal theology of the time.] A God without wrath brought men without sin into a Kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a Cross.
— H. Richard Niebuhr, The Kingdom of God in America


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