Matthew Sermon Series

From it's first words to it's last, the Gospel of Matthew calls people to a radical new frame of mind. In this literary masterpiece the outsiders are brought in, the rich are exposed as poor, and those who seem most powerful are proven to be weak. But nothing in this book is as shocking as the circumstances surrounding the birth, life, death, and resurrection of a Jewish carpenter from Nazareth and the claims He makes on our lives. Its a narrative so profound, everyone has a response.

LEARN MORE To read the full introduction to the Matthew Sermon Series and to see a list of recommended resources.

You can also pick up a copy of the Matthew Journal at the connect centre on Sundays. It contains an introduciton to our sermon series, note taking space, and a list of recommended resources to help you study further.

Community Group discussion questions will be posted on the Westside Church App (can be downloaded for free in the App stores) from week to week.


Week 48 // Matthew 18:15-35
Speaker: James Bonney
Date: December 3, 2017

In this passage Jesus unpacks how Christians are to pursue those who sin against them with a readiness to forgive the way Jesus has forgiven them. In this message we ask, how should Christians forgive? Is forgiveness unconditional or conditional, and what does forgiveness look like practically in the church?
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Week 47 // Matthew 18:1-14
Speaker: Josh Dool
Date: November 26, 2017

As we move into the fourth discourse in Matthews Gospel, we see Jesus addressing the disciples question, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”. Jesus’ response challenges our preconceived notions of what it means to be a disciple, unpacks the practices that a follower must persist in, and presents a glorious promise that will comfort us in the midst of any trial.
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Week 46 // Matthew 17:14-27
Speaker: James Bonney
Date: November 19, 2017
Text: Matthew 17:14-27

In this passage Jesus encounters a demon possessed boy, disciples with little faith, and the need to be reminded of Gods Gospel plan. In this sermon we unpack 3 truths coming from this text: First, we can’t do life in the crowds without Jesus. Second, we can trust Jesus plan, even when its hard to understand. Third, we are free in Jesus but humbly submissive for the sake of the Gospel.
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Week 45 // Matthew 17:1-13
Speaker: James Bonney
Date: November 12, 2017

Jesus' transfiguration not only reveals His true glory, (giving his disciples a foretaste of the resurrection and his second coming), but an event He shows them who its all about. It's all about Jesus.
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Week 44 // Matthew 16:21-28
Speaker: Josh Dool
Date: November 5, 2017

Having seen how discipleship to Jesus is inaugurated through recognition of Jesus’ identity and divinity, we continue on by examining what Jesus had to say about those who would follow him, and what it means to ‘deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow him’ today.
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Week 43 // Matthew 16:13-23
Speaker: James Bonney
Date: October 29, 2017

In this sermon we unpack how Jesus pursued His disciples to see who He truly was; not just another prophet, not just another Rabbi, not just another wonder-worker but the Christ, the Son of the living God, the anointed one who would rescue His people and establish God's reign and rule. We also learn the power by which the church will be built and prevail over all other kingdoms.
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Week 42 // Matthew 16:1-12
Speaker: Aaron Boswell
Date: October 22, 2017

In this sermon, we begin by focusing on opposition that Jesus faces from the Pharisees and Sadducees who demand a sign from Jesus that He is the promised Messiah. We then see Jesus' response in graciously pointing them to study their own Scriptures and tells them that the only sign that he will give is the sign of Jonah. In light of this conversation, Jesus warns his disciples of the false teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees. When they don't understand His warning and become anxious about physical bread, Jesus reminds them of His ability to provide for all of their needs by focusing on His past provision.
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Week 41 // Matthew 15:32-39
Speaker: James Bonney
Date: October 15, 2017

In this sermon where Jesus miraculously feeds the 4000, we see a glorious depiction of God's mission for the nations. Furthermore, it is through this miracle that the disciples learn the compassionate heart of God and what it will look like to follow in His footsteps.
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Week 40 // Matthew 15:21-31
Speaker: James Bonney
Date: October 8, 2017

In this sermon Jesus encounters a Gentile woman's faith who comes to Him for help not on the basis of what she deserves, but solely on the basis of His goodness. It's in this encounter that we see the outcast brought in.
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Week 39 // Matthew 15:1-20
Speaker: James Bonney
Date: October 1, 2017

One of the greatest frustrations Jesus had with the Pharisees was where they placed God’s word as the authority, in comparison to their own traditions and oral regulations. They trusted in their own laws, found greater security and control in holding to them, rather than to God’s Word. In this passage Jesus confronts their hypocrisy and shows that the worship God wants is in the heart.
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Week 38 // Matthew 14:22-36
Speaker: James Bonney
Date: June 11, 2017
Text: Matthew 14:22-36

In this sermon, we explore how Jesus uses the miracle of walking on water to deepen His disciples faith in who He truly is. We also unpack how the promise to us is not that God will remove us from the experience of storms but that God will be with us, walking beside us in it.

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Week 37 // Matthew 14:13-21
Speaker: James Bonney
Date: June 4, 2017
Text: Matthew 14:13-21

In this sermon Jesus gives his disciples a picture of how God’s mission will come, and be carried out. When feeding the 5000, Jesus invites his disciples to consider what Jesus can do with them, among them, and then through them
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Week 36 // Matthew 14:1-12
Speaker: Matt Glezos
Date: May 28, 2017
Text: Matthew 14:1-12

The death of John the Baptist was a great tragedy. He was a great man killed in an unjust way by a wicked ruler, his ruthless wife and at the whim of a dancing girl. And yet in his life, and even in his death, John points us ultimately to the hope of Jesus - a hope that remains in the midst of suffering and tragedy, and a hope is ours through faith.
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Week 35 // Matthew 13:53-58
Speaker: James Bonney
Date: May 21, 2017
Text: Matthew 13:53-58

In this passage, where Jesus is rejected by those in his hometown, we explore two major excuses that tragically keep people from God’s power and God’s Saviour. 

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Week 34 // Matthew 13:44-52
Speaker: Matt Menzel
Date: May 14, 2017
Text: Matthew 13:44-52

In this sermon we will unpack the last three parables in Matthew thirteen and as we do we will uncover what it means to find, value, and seek the Kingdom of God.

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Week 33 // Matthew 13:24-43
Speaker: James Bonney
Date: May 7, 2017
Text: Matthew 13:24-43

In this sermon Jesus unpacks the nature of the Kingdom of God as being a reign where God's Kingdom will grow alongside the world, seem small but will be organically explosive, and will outlast sin, evil, and final judgement.
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Week 32 // Matthew 13:1-23
Speaker: James Bonney
Date: April 30, 2017
Text: Matthew 13:1-23

In this message we unpack the beginning of 7 of Jesus parables, examining what they are, why did Jesus use them and where we are in the first parable of the sower. In this parable we are invited to examine ourselves and see whether we’re really growing Christians or just fooling ourselves.
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Week 31 // Matthew 12:38-50
Speaker: Josh Dool
Date: April 23, 2017
Text: Matthew 12:38-50

This morning we read about the continued opposition from the Pharisees and scribes, and examine the reason for the resistance, and the reasons Jesus gives for belief.
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Week 30 Easter Sunday // Matthew 28
Speaker: James Bonney
Date: April 16, 2017
Text: Matthew 28

In this Easter sermon we unpack the amazing events surrounding the resurrection of Jesus found in Matthew 28; unpacking what it means for our salvation and mission.

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Good Friday // Matthew 27:15-26
Speaker: Norm Funk
Date: April 14, 2017
Text: Matthew 27:15-26

In this Good Friday message we dive into the exchange of Jesus for Barabbas and consider how we too are like Pilate, the Crowd and Barabbas himself and therefore, how we all need Jesus.
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Week 29 // Matthew 21:1-11 (Palm Sunday)
Speaker: Josh Dool
Date: April 9, 2017
Text: Matthew 21:1-11

On this Palm Sunday we examine Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, and look at why the crowds of people who put on a parade and sang songs to Jesus ended up disbanding and rallying to have Jesus crucified. We’ll take a look at our own doubts and disillusionments, answering the question of ‘why people walk away from their faith’, as the scriptures reveal the identity and mission of the Messiah.
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Week 28 // Matthew 12:33-37
Speaker: James Bonney
Date: April 2, 2017
Text: Matthew 12:33-37

In this sermon Jesus evaluates the hearts of the Pharisees by looking at their words/erroneous confession of who Jesus is. In this message we unpack the following four truths: I’m always filling my heart, my words reveal my heart, eternity is set by my heart, and only Jesus gifts me a new heart.
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Week 27 // Matthew 12:22-32
Speaker: James Bonney
Date: March 26, 2017
Text: Matthew 12:22-32

After Jesus heals a blind a man oppressed by a demon, he encounters people who were neutral to his miracles as well as those who evaluated his miracles as demonic in origin. In this sermon we learn how Jesus responds proclaiming his true identity as the Messiah, His victory over Satan and a strong warning against Blaspheming the Holy Spirit

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Week 26 // Matthew 12:9-21
Speaker: James Bonney
Date: March 19, 2017
Text: Matthew 12:9-21

In this sermon we see how Jesus confronts and escapes the opposition of his day, meeting ill intentions with mercy and fortitude, meeting destruction with humility and power and lastly meeting all who are bruised with gentleness and hope. Jesus methods fulfilled what Isaiah said of the servant who will save with judgement unnoticed and uncommon to the methods of modern Kings of the day.
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Week 25 // Matthew 12:1-8
Speaker: Josh Dool
Date: March 12, 2017
Text: Matthew 12:1-8

This week we examine the glorious truth that Jesus is ‘Lord of the Sabbath’, and discuss how truly understanding and living this will free us to live our lives with more joy and rest.
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Week 24 // Matthew 11: 20-30
Speaker: James Bonney
Date: March 5, 2017
Text: Matthew 11:20-30

In this sermon Jesus denounces the cities around him for seeing His glory and responding with indifference.

He also invites us to come to him with our weariness and burdens and to take His yoke, to find rest for our souls, making him the way we prove ourselves.
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Week 23 // Matthew 11:1-19
Speaker: James Bonney
Date: February 26, 2017
Text: Matthew 11:1-19

Jesus was not what everyone anticipated or expected him to be. As a result, many including John the Baptist had doubts and confusion about who he was and what he was doing. In this message we explore those doubts as Jesus clarifies and defends John's role, while warning us to be willing to have our expectations shattered to receive his salvation.
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Week 22 // Matthew 10:26-42
Speaker: Josh Dool
Date: February 19, 2017
Text: Matthew 10:26-42

Leaving off last week with Jesus speaking about sending his Apostles out ‘as sheep amongst wolves’ , our text this week concludes the missionary discourse as we examine the words of Jesus as he seeks to grant a proper perspective of the mission at hand.
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Week 21 // Matthew 10:16-25
Speaker: James Bonney
Date: February 12, 2017
Text: Matthew 10:16-25

In this sermon Jesus clearly outlines what His disciples were to expect in His mission as "sheep in the midst of wolves" In this message we learn more what to expect as we follow Jesus, how we are to respond in attitude and action and why its worth it.

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Week 20 // Matthew 10:5-15
Speaker: Josh Dool
Date: February 5, 2017
Text: Matthew 10:5-15

This week we examine the beginning of the 'missionary discourse' in Matthew Gospel and discuss the commission, commands, and cautions of Jesus revealed in it.
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Week 19 // Matthew 10:1-4
Speaker: James Bonney
Date: January 29, 2017
Text: Matthew 10:1-4

In this sermon we learn the unique unrepeatable role the disciples play in the history of redemption and how we can draw courage from their ministry. We also learn where the authority and power for ministry comes.
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Week 18 // Matthew 9:35-38
Speaker: James Bonney
Date: January 22, 2017
Text: Matthew 9:35-38

In this message we learn the great characteristic and motive behind everything Jesus did, as He begins the call for his disciples to follow, with the same motive and mission as His. It all begins with prayer.
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Week 17 // Matthew 9:27-34
Speaker: Josh Dool
Date: January 15, 2017
Text: Matthew 9:27-34

This week we take a look at two encounters with Jesus and discuss why Matthew chose to include them in his Gospel. Through careful examination of the text, we’ll see how these stories challenge and speak to our faith in and response to Jesus today.

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Week 16 // Matthew 9:18-24
Speaker: James Bonney
Date: January 8, 2017
Text: Matthew 9:18-24

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Week 15 // Matthew 1:18-25
Speaker: James Bonney
Date: December 24, 2016
Text: Matthew 1:18-25

In this New Years sermon we look at how to build a life on Jesus, abiding in His words staying hungry and humble.
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Week 14 // Matthew 2:1-6
Speaker: James Bonney
Date: December 18, 2016
Text: Matthew 2:1-16

In this Christmas sermon we learn from the wise men that Jesus will be worshiped by those we don’t expect, God finds us and then always lead us to Jesus by His Word and that Jesus will shift all our hopes to Him.

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Week 13 // Matthew 1:1-17
Speaker: James Bonney
Date: December 11, 2016
Text: Matthew 1:1-17

In this sermon, we see how the genealogy of Jesus establishes Him as a real, historical figure and reminds us what our lives and - all of human history - are ultimately about.
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Week 12 // Matthew 9:14-17
Speaker: Josh Dool
Date: December 4, 2016
Text: Matthew 9:14-17

In this sermon we will walk through Jesus’ encounter with the disciples of John, and examine the application and relevance of his discussion on fasting, and the often misunderstood parable of the wineskins.
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Week 11 // Matthew 9:9-13
Speaker: James Bonney
Date: November 27, 2016
Text: Matthew 9:9-13
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Week 10 // Matthew 9:1-8
Speaker: James Bonney
Date: November 20, 2016
Text: Matthew 9:1-8

In this passage Jesus displays His authority by forgiving a paralytic's sin showing us all sin is against Him as God. In this message we unpack the faith Jesus see's, the forgiveness He provides and the awe he produces as He displays God's glorious grace.
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Week 9 // Matthew 8:28-34
Speaker: Matt Menzel
Date: November 13, 2016
Text: Matthew 8:28-34

In this sermon we will continue unpacking what it looks like when the Kingdom of God presses in on our world. We'll unpack the nature of Jesus' identity and ministry and the reason why the person and work of Jesus is often so terrifying to us.

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Week 8 // Matthew 8:23-27
Speaker: James Bonney
Date: November 6, 2016
Text: Matthew 8:23-27

Following Jesus does not exempt us from going through storms. In this message Jesus not only displays his power as God over them, but shows us how to access what we need to go through them.
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Week 7 // Matthew 8:14-22
Speaker: James Bonney
Date: October 30, 2016
Text: Matthew 8:14-22
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Week 6 // Matthew 8:5-13
Speaker: Matt Glezos
Date: October 23, 2016
Text: Matthew 8:5-13
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Week 5 // Matthew 8:1-4
Speaker: James Bonney
Date: October 16, 2016
Text: Matthew 8:1-4

In this sermon Jesus restores and heals a leper showing us not only the power of Jesus word and authority; validiating He is God's messiah, but also how His Kingdom will bring reversal and renewal to all things.

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Week 4 // Matthew 4:12-25
Speaker: James Bonney
Date: October 9, 2016
Text: Matthew 4:12-25

Matthew shows us the significance of Jesus as our promise fulfilling Messiah from where He begins his ministry and with whom he begins his ministry. In this message, we learn that when the Kingdom of God comes into our lives through Jesus, it will be bright, necessary and drastic.
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Week 3 // Matthew 4:1-11
Speaker: James Bonney
Date: October 2, 2016
Text: Matthew 4:1-11

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Week 2 // Mattew 3:13-17
Speaker: Josh Dool
Date: September 25, 2016
Text: Matthew 3:14-17

As we continue on in our series in the book of Matthew, we will unpack Jesus’ baptism, the good news of the kingdom, and see how Jesus is the fulfillment of Jewish hopes and ours as well!
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Week 1 // Matthew 3:1-12
Speaker: James Bonney
Date: September 18, 2016
Text: Matthew 3:1-12

In this sermon we learn that being prepared for Jesus begins with a need to want to turn to God's provision for salvation not ours. God graciously prepared his people for this by sending John the Baptist with a message to repent.
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