I’m teaching on the calling of Matthew-Levi this week. I like to incorporate short videos into my lessons from time to time. I remembered from Son of God the Movie that they combined the calling of Matthew with Jesus’s Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector. I thought it was a masterful “artistic liberty,” in fact it was probably one of the most moving scenes in the movie. So I thought I would incorporate the scene into my lesson this week.
During my searching I found “RodTheNey’s” Youtube Channel. He does animated shorts of Jesus’s Parables. They are great. I’ve embedded a few. (I don’t know RodTheNey and am not being compensated in anyway).
The Pharisee and the Tax Collector
The Parable of the Lost Sheep.
It’s rare that I get to preach on Sunday morning, but I had the opportunity last Sunday. It was Spring Break and our pastor went to see his parents and grandchildren that live in Oklahoma. This gives me the opportunity to preach to the entire congregation, and have access to recording software. My parents always like to hear my sermons, they’re proud. I honestly can’t stand listening to myself. I make no claims to be a great preacher, and this probably isn’t the greatest sermon ever. But nonetheless here it.
The scope of this message is based on Ephesians 5:1-2 “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (ESV). From this verse I do a type of overview of Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians.