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Which will it Be



Which Will It Be - Matthew 9:9-13


United Christian Church

2851 Sevier Road

Marietta – NY 13110


Sermon Notes On Website



January 21st, 2018


Song: I Know Who I Have Believed


I know not why God’s wondrous grace
To me He hath made known,
Nor why, unworthy, Christ in love
Redeemed me for His own.

  • Refrain:
    But “I know Whom I have believed,
    And am persuaded that He is able
    To keep that which I’ve committed
    Unto Him against that day.”


Bulletin Front Cover: Exodus 33:14


14 The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”


Inside Cover : 1 Chronicles 16:10-11


10 Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

11 Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.


Call to Worship : Psalm 92:1-2

A psalm. A song. For the Sabbath day.


It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High,
proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night,
to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp.

For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord; I sing for joy at what your hands have done.


Today’s Sermon – Which Will It Be  – Matthew 9:9-13


Opening Thoughts by Pastor Hal


Introduction: In today’s scripture we’re going to discover there is a constant battle going on within us, and the question is, which one is in control of your life?


[-] Which one determines the course that you take

[-] Will the Course by Good or Evil

[-] Each one of us has both qualities within Us

[-] Which one makes the decisions – the angel or the devil 

[-] Let’s see what God’s word tell us – How do we deal with this Constant Battle


The Calling of Matthew

As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.


10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”


12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’[a] For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”


[ Added to this Sermon - Calling of Paul - Below Saul is approving the Murder of Christians ]


Acts 7: The Stoning of Stephen (With Saul (Saint Paul’s) Approval

54 When the members of the Sanhedrin heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. 55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”

57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, 58 dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul.


Romans 7: The Law and Sin – (Saint Paul) [Paul is talking about the Devil Inside Us]


14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[c] For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.


Jesus Sees the Good in All of Us - Matthew the Tax Collector and Saul (Paul) the Pharisee 


[1] There is a Devil Inside Us

            Matthew was a Tax Collector – despised and greedy

            Saul (Paul) over-seeing the Murder of Christians


[2] There is also an Angel Inside Us – Jesus saw the Good in Matthew and Paul

            Vs 9 – Matthew gets up and walks away from his life as a Tax Collector


            Acts 9: Saul’s Conversion

            9 Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. 

           He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus,

           so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way (another Word for Christians) 


           3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.

           4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”  

           5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. 

           6 “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”


[-] Paul writing to the Galatians 1:13–14, NIV: For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it. I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people and extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers.


Both Matthew and Paul repsonded immediately to Jesus's calling.

The good inside them prevailed




            Jon Beck – Athlete – Pastor


            Matthew – Greedy – Evangelist


            Paul – Pharisee – Converted to Christianity - Is attributed with writing 14 Books in the New Testament



More Supporting Scripture

            James 1

O Come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.

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