This past weekend at Eastbrook, I continued our preaching series, “Who Do You Say I Am?”, after our two week hiatus for our annual MissionFest. This week I worked through Jesus’ teaching on the heart and what truly defiles in Matthew 15:1-20. What continually strikes me about Jesus’ teaching in the Gospel of Matthew is the drive toward the heart of humanity. Jesus is not interested merely in the outward obedience or form of holiness, but wants to bring a heart transformation. In a way, Jesus is a spiritual cardiologist.
This message is part of the sixth part of our longer series on Matthew, which includes “Family Tree,” “Power in Preparation,” “Becoming Real,” “The Messiah’s Mission,” and “Stories of the Kingdom.”
You can find the message video and outline below. You can also view the entire series here. Join us for weekend worship in-person or remotely via Eastbrook at Home.
“The things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them.” (Matthew 15:18)
Conflict Between God’s Commands and Human Tradition (Matthew 15:1-9)
The visit from Jerusalem
“The tradition of the elders”
Jesus the True Teacher (Matthew 15:10-20)
Understanding the purpose of God’s commands
Identifying what really defiles human life
Discerning between false and true guides
Listening and understanding
Making It Real
Seeking to listen and understand
Recalibrating God’s truth in relation to human traditions
Choosing Jesus the True TeacherLetting Jesus the Heart Doctor give attention to our hearts
This week dig deeper in one or more of the following ways:
- Memorize Matthew 15:10-11 and/or 15:16-17
- Journal, draw, paint, or ink this story or some aspect of it as a way of reflecting on who Jesus is and how you most need to meet with Him.
- Take some time to reflect on the nature of your own heart with God. Perhaps you could use the guide developed by Nancy Lee DeMoss Wolgemuth, “A Heart God Revives,” found here
- Consider digging deeper into this concept by reading A. W. Tozer’s book The Pursuit of God or Henri Nouwen’s book The Way of the Heart