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 46 // Matthew 17:14-27Speaker: Matt MenzelDownload MP3 (25294KB)
Date: November 26, 2017
In this sermon we will walk with Jesus as He descends from the mountain of transfiguration and toward the cross. The question in front of us is, 'Why did Jesus have to leave the mountain in the first place?' As we look at the reasons Jesus had to enter "the valley" we'll be shown the nature and purpose of the freedom we have or can have in Him.
Week 45 // Matthew 17:1-13Speaker: Matt MenzelDownload MP3 (23062KB)
Date: November 19, 2017
Text: Matthew 17:1-13
The transfiguration of Jesus was a mountaintop experience like no other. In it, Jesus visibly demonstrated that past, present, and future are ultimately and only secure in Him. Never again will the lows of this life be able to destroy us or the highs of this life limit us.
Week 44 // Matthew 16:24-28Speaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (22999KB)
Date: November 5, 2017
In this sermon, we seek to help one understand why the way of Jesus – the way of the cross – must be the Christian’s way too. We do this by focusing on the three reasons Jesus gives and affirming the great need for our love of Jesus and commitment to bringing Him glory undergirding everything.
Week 43 // Matthew 16:13-23Speaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (29274KB)
Date: October 29, 2017
Matthew 16 marks a dramatic change in the earthly ministry of Jesus where He ends His work in Galilee and sets His face towards Jerusalem. Tied to this transition is the most important of questions: who do you say that I am? In this message, we look specifically at Peter and seek to discover by way of his response to Jesus what in his life should be true in ours and those things we should be wary of as well.
Week 42 // Matthew 16:1-12Speaker: Matt MenzelDownload MP3 (24568KB)
Date: October 22, 2017
In this sermon we will consider the opposition to Jesus that exists within those of us who consider ourselves Christ-followers. We will see some of the ways we can twist the shut off valve to God's power in our lives by opposing the life and salvation that Jesus came to give.
Week 41 // Matthew 15:32-39Speaker: Matt MenzelDownload MP3 (24610KB)
Date: October 15, 2017
In this sermon we will unpack another account of Jesus miraculously feeding thousands of people. In this story we'll get a clearer picture of the salvation Jesus offers and what He requires from any and all who live to enjoy it!
Week 40 // Matthew 15:21-31Speaker: Matt MenzelDownload MP3 (25955KB)
Date: October 8, 2017
In this sermon we will unpack the story of a woman with a spiritually oppressed daughter who sought freedom in Jesus. We will consider what spiritual oppression looks like today and what we can learn about finding freedom in Jesus from the example of this woman.
Week 39 // Matthew 15:1-20Speaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (25594KB)
Date: October 1, 2017
As we return to our study of Matthew we pick things up in chapter 15 where in the midst of multiple conflicts Jesus teaches the people then, and us today, the depth of our defilement, the only means of cleansing our defilement and what cleansing brings.
Week 38 // Matthew 14:22-36Speaker: Matt GlezosDownload MP3 (20883KB)
Date: June 11, 2017
Text: Matthew 14:22-36
In Christ each Christian is blessed with a peace and comfort that brings hope into this life and will carry us into the life to come. But the mistake we sometimes make is thinking that because Jesus brings us peace and comfort, he wants us to pursue a life that is always peaceful and completely without risk. In this passage we see the comforting presence of Jesus and the call to follow him out onto the water to take a risk that will force us to exercise our faith.
Week 37 // Matthew 14:13-21Speaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (22381KB)
Date: June 4, 2017
Text: Matthew 14:13-21
Pre-resurrection there were few events, if any, that displayed the messiahship of Jesus more than the feeding of the 5000. In this message we highlight four aspects from it that we are NOT to see. Yes, you read that right – in this great event there are four things revealed that we are NOT to see.
Week 36 // Matthew 14:1-12Speaker: Matt MenzelDownload MP3 (21023KB)
Date: May 28, 2017
Text: Matthew 14:1-12
In this sermon we will be introduced to Herod the Tetrarch as he comes in contact with the mighty works of Jesus. What Herod does with Jesus is a sobering warning about the attempts we make to create God in our image rather than letting God be God.
Week 35 // Matthew 13:53-58Speaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (23279KB)
Date: May 21, 2017
Text: Matthew 13:53-58
In colleges and universities around North America, homecoming is a big deal met with much fanfare. Not so with Jesus. In this message we journey with Jesus back to His hometown of Nazareth where He is received, not with applause, but offence and wilful disbelief.
Week 34 // Matthew 13:44-52Speaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (24102KB)
Date: May 14, 2017
Text: Matthew 13:44-52
What does the “good life” look like to you? To borrow from James K. A. Smith, what does human flourishing encompass? In this message Jesus, through His ongoing use of parables, reveals the worth, value and all-encompassing nature of the kingdom of heaven and why it’s worthy giving up everything for.
Week 33 // Matthew 13:24-43Speaker: Matt MenzelDownload MP3 (22168KB)
Date: May 7, 2017
Text: Matthew 13:24-43
In this sermon we will unpack three more parables of Jesus in an effort to discover what they teach us about the Kingdom of God.
Week 32 // Matthew 13:1-23Speaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (22272KB)
Date: April 30, 2017
Text: Matthew 13:1-23
Few things are more associated with Jesus than His parables. This message addresses what parables are, the role they serve, and why they are important. Additionally, what do we need to discover in the parable of the Sower, specifically, what makes someone ‘good soil’?
Week 31 // Matthew 12:38-50Speaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (21986KB)
Date: April 23, 2017
Text: Matthew 12:38-50
Hard heartedness is a topic that comes up often in the Bible. It’s seen prominently with Pharaoh but continues on with the disciples and the Pharisees thereafter. What are the earmarks of hardheartedness – especially the more subtle ones - and how do we overcome it? That’s what this sermon addresses.
Week 30 // Easter Sunday // Matthew 28Speaker: Matt MenzelDownload MP3 (19800KB)
Date: April 16, 2017
Text: Matthew 28
In this sermon we will take some time to look at the difference between holding to the resurrection of Jesus as theory versus reality. What does it mean to walk in the power of the resurrection today? And what differences should we be expecting this to make in our lives?
Good Friday // Matthew 27:15-26Speaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (20746KB)
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.
Week 29 // Palm Sunday // Matthew 21:1-11Speaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (22740KB)
Date: April 9, 2017
Text: Matthew 21:1-11
On this Palm Sunday we enter Jerusalem with Jesus – for the first time in Matthew – and consider deeply those characteristics of Jesus that Matthew emphasizes.
Week 28 // Matthew 12:33-37Speaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (24540KB)
Date: April 2, 2017
Text: Matthew 12:33-37
In last week’s passage we were witness to the most horrific words ever uttered: Jesus does what He does by way of Satan. In this week’s text Jesus sheds light on how our words not only bear witness to who we are but why we utter them in the first place.
Week 27 // Matthew 12:22-32Speaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (23965KB)
Date: March 26, 2017
Text: Matthew 12:22-32
We are approaching a culminating point in Matthew where not only is Jesus’ popularity reaching a zenith but so too is His opposition. In this message we tackle the accusation of the Pharisees who concluded that Jesus did what He did by the power of Satan and consider the relevance for us today.
Week 26 // Matthew 12:9-21Speaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (26838KB)
Date: March 19, 2017
Text: Matthew 12:9-21
In this message Jesus continues to press in on the Pharisees view of the Sabbath - this time by way of healing a man with a withered hand. In this message we will also address the question of whether or not Christians are to keep the Sabbath today.
Week 25 // Matthew 12:1-8Speaker: Matthew MenzelDownload MP3 (23428KB)
Date: March 12, 2017
Text: Matthew 12:1-8
In this sermon we will look at the invitation Jesus extended to rest in Him. What does that actually mean? How do we do it? And what does it require to be a people defined by His rest instead of our work?
Week 24 // Matthew 11: 20-30Speaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (24042KB)
Date: March 5, 2017
Text: Matthew 11:20-30
One of the sweetest invitations of Jesus is to “Come to Him.” Why would we not? This message looks at some of the reasons for why many choose not to come to Jesus, the warning to those who don’t, and what is promised to those who do.
Wek 23 // Matthew 11:1-19Speaker: Matt MenzelDownload MP3 (23411KB)
Date: February 26, 2017
Text: Matthew 11:1-19
In this sermon we will examine the place of doubt in the Christian experience. As we walk through the text we'll look at where doubt comes from, the provision we've been given to walk through doubt, how God responds to us in our doubt, and finally the benefits that doubt has in the lives of Jesus' disciples.
Week 22 // Matthew 10:26-42Speaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (24001KB)
Date: February 19, 2017
Text: Matthew 10:26-42
This message ends our study of Jesus’ missionary discourse. In it we dig deep into how we can overcome our fear in the light of the promise that we will encounter trials and tribulation when we choose to bear witness of Jesus.
Week 21 // Matthew 10:16-25Speaker: Matt MenzelDownload MP3 (22612KB)
Date: February 12, 2017
Text: Matthew 10:16-25
In this sermon we will be unpacking three circumstances that Jesus promises His disciples will face. These aspects of calling will challenge our perception of who Jesus is, what it means to follow Him, and why He calls us to any of these things in the first place.
Week 20 // Matthew 10:5-15Speaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (23477KB)
Date: February 5, 2017
Text: Matthew 10:5-15
In this text Jesus sends out His 12 with 11 instructions. In this message we take those 11 instructions, pare them down to five, and notice the things we share with the 12.
Week 19 // Matthew 10:1-4Speaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (26968KB)
Date: January 29, 2017
Text: Matthew 10:1-4
At this stage in Matthew’s gospel we move from the very public ministry of Jesus to Jesus calling, empowering and sending out His 12. All things prompted by Jesus’ compassion towards to crowds.
Week 18 // Matthew 9:35-38Speaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (27667KB)
Date: January 22, 2017
Text: Matthew 9:35-38
In this transition text Matthew sums up the ministry of Jesus in Galilee and shares three reasons for why Jesus had compassion for the crowds – reasons that should prompt our prayers for God to send more workers into His harvest.
Week 17 // Matthew 9:27-34Speaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (23073KB)
Date: January 15, 2017
Text: Matthew 9:27-34
Over the past two chapters we have observed Jesus do and declare much. But what’s to be our response to it all? This messages dives into the varied responses that people have to the life and ministry of Jesus.
Week 16 // Matthew 9:18-24Speaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (22720KB)
Date: January 8, 2017
Text: Matthew 9:18-24
In this message Jesus is approached by a synagogue ruler and a woman whom were both living in a state of grave desperation. In His miraculous response to them Jesus reveals how we share their desperation but are offered the salvation and restoration they received too.
Week 15 // Matthew 2:1-11 Christmas EveSpeaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (14085KB)
Date: December 24, 2016
Text: Matthew 2:1-11
On this Christmas Eve we look at how the responses of those to the arrival of Jesus 2000 years ago mirror those of many today - we oppose, we're indifferent or we pursue and worship Him.
Week 14 // Matthew 2:1-6Speaker: Matt MenzelDownload MP3 (23813KB)
Date: December 18, 2016
Text: Matthew 2:1-6
As we come to the fourth Sunday of Advent we will take some time to ask why the nation of Israel was so unprepared for the birth of their Messiah while wise-men from the east were among the first to worship the infant King. Are we in danger of making some of the same mistakes? And how can we guard ourselves from them?
Week 13 // Matthew 1:1-17Speaker: Matt MenzelDownload MP3 (27593KB)
Date: December 11, 2016
Text: Matthew 1:1-17
In this sermon we will turn our attention to the beginning of Matthew's gospel as we move toward the celebration of Jesus' birth at Christmas. The genealogy of Jesus that Matthew records expands on three specific titles for Jesus and the promises associated with them. What does it mean that Jesus is the son of Abraham, son of David, the Christ?
Week 12 // Matthew 9:14-17Speaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (20508KB)
Date: December 4, 2016
Text: Matthew 9:14-17
In this message we look at how Jesus once again addresses the radicalness of His message and ministry. Jesus had not come to simply upgrade what already existed but usher in something entirely new – a teaching that uses a discussion about fasting to make its point.
Week 11 // Matthew 9:9-13Speaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (22721KB)
Date: November 27, 2016
Text: Matthew 9:9-13
There are texts that stand out because of what’s contained in them this text is one of those; a text that highlights the wondrous grace and mercy of Jesus as shown in the call of Matthew. And a text that leaves us with a call to do the same.
Week 10 // Matthew 9:1-8Speaker: Matt MenzelDownload MP3 (25058KB)
Date: November 20, 2016
Text: Matthew 9:1-8
In this sermon we will walk through another miraculous act of liberation performed by Jesus. As we do we will focus our attention on what it looks like when the kingdom of heaven collides with our world.
Week 9 // Matthew 8:28-34Speaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (23542KB)
Date: November 13, 2016
Text: Matthew 8:28-34
Today’s text calls us to a middle ground – where, on the one hand, we are challenged with the reality and work of the demonic yet freed up from having to live in fear of it because of the person and work of Jesus.
Week 8 // Matthew 8:23-27Speaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (25718KB)
Date: November 6, 2016
Text: Matthew 8:23-27
In this message we jump into a boat with Jesus and His disciples and discover what the storms of life reveal about our understanding of Jesus and where our hope and trust lays.
Week 7 // Matthew 8:14-22Speaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (27759KB)
Date: October 30, 2016
Text: Matthew 8:14-22
In this message we look at the high call of following Jesus looking specifically at those roadblocks – those greater loves, commitments and passions – that keep us from doing so.
Week 6 // Matthew 8:5-13Speaker: Matt MenzelDownload MP3 (27987KB)
Date: October 23, 2016
Text: Matthew 8:5-13
In this sermon we will examine the faith of a Roman Centurion, a faith that made Jesus marvel. We'll unpack what was so amazing to Jesus about this man's faith and what our call is in response to it.
Week 5 // Matthew 8:1-4Speaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (28538KB)
Date: October 16, 2016
Text: Matthew 8:1-4
In this passage Matthew begins to bear witness to the claims of Jesus and does so by highlighting His miracles. In this message we drop in on the healing of a leper and discover how the leper’s physical condition mirrors our spiritual one and how Jesus came to heal us from it.
Week 4 // Matthew 4:12-25Speaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (17388KB)
Date: October 9, 2016
Text: Matthew 4:12-25
In this message where we transition from the ministry of John to Jesus we take a 30,000 foot view of Jesus’ ministry noting specifically that it was a ministry of fulfillment, kingdom in-breaking and calling.
Week 3 // Matthew 4:1-11Speaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (26747KB)
Date: October 2, 2016
Text: Matthew 4:1-11
In this text we join Jesus in the wilderness and observe Him being tempted by the devil. In this message we address two questions primarily: first, what was Jesus tempted towards and second, what does Jesus' temptation mean for us?
Week 2 // Matthew 3:13-17Speaker: Matt MenzelDownload MP3 (25033KB)
Date: September 25, 2016
Text: Matthew 3:13-17
In this sermon we will examine the baptism of Jesus. Why was He baptized if He was without sin? And what did His baptism accomplish for us?
Week 1 // Matthew 3:1-12Speaker: Matt MenzelDownload MP3 (25502KB)
Date: September 18, 2016
Text: Matthew 3:1-12
As we begin our series walking through the gospel of Matthew we will take some time to consider the ministry and message of John the Baptist. We will exmine what repentance means in the life of the church as we once again prepare for the arrival of Jesus.