The Transfiguration

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 17:1-8 Who is Jesus Christ, and what should we do about him? For one brief, shining moment during Jesus’ earthly life, the glory of his divine nature was clearly seen by his followers. It was a mountaintop experience. Listen to one of the most mysterious and awe-inspiring episodes in the whole gospel: After six days Jesus took …

How to Follow Jesus

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 16:21-24 What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus? Another word for Christian is “disciple.” Another word for disciple is “follower of Jesus.” In a key verse from Matthew 16, Jesus explains exactly how to follow. Chapter 16 marks a turning point in the gospel of Matthew. This is the moment, shortly after feeding the …

The Light of the World

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 2:1-11 What can we learn from the story of the wise men? Lots of legends surround the mysterious visitors from the east who knelt before the infant Jesus and worshiped him with their gifts. But the truth about them says something important about us. In a way it’s incredible that the story of Christ’s birth should be …

God Is With Us

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 1:18-24 What does it mean that Jesus Christ is Immanuel? Today we look forward to Christmas and celebrate the fact that God came into our world. In today’s message, David Bast looks at the simple fact of Christ’s birth and the meaning of his names for us today. For really important arrivals, the staging is carefully arranged …

Jesus' Continuing Work

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 16:16-19 What exactly is God doing in the world today? Jesus Christ came into the world with a special work to do—the work of salvation, which he accomplished once and for all on the cross. But that doesn’t mean he’s now retired. Would you like to know what Jesus’ continuing work is? Caesarea Philippi was a gentile …