We jump back into Matthew this week, looking at the very last passage in the book. The disciples encounter the risen Christ, responding with both worship and doubt, and Jesus leaves them (and us) with what is often called “the great commission.”
On this day, we were officially “organized” as a Church of the Nazarene! In an abbreviated sermon, we look at the next section in Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost, challenging our newly recognized congregation to hear the Spirit with enough openness to be “cut to the heart” on a regular basis.
After walking through the Passion Narrative in Matthew as a congregation, we look at Psalm 31, which the lectionary pairs with this story. What is the significance of hearing such a hopeful Psalm in the context of crucifixion?