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West Bradenton - A Neighborhood Church

  • The Significance of Jesus’ Transfiguration

    17 JUN 2024 · Pastor Sam Rainer preaches through every verse of Matthew’s gospel. This sermon covers Matthew 17:1-27 and the transfiguration of Jesus. At the transfiguration, humanity sees God’s glory. But it’s just a tiny taste of the incredible glory of a reigning God who conquered death.
    22m 50s
  • Who is Jesus?

    10 JUN 2024 · Pastor Kent fills in for Sam this week and unpacks chapter 16 as we continue our journey through Matthew.
    25m 35s
  • The Reason Jesus Offends Some People

    3 JUN 2024 · Pastor Sam Rainer preaches through every verse of Matthew’s gospel. This sermon covers the challenging passage of Matthew 15:1-39. Jesus offends the Pharisees and then seems to make some controversial comments about Gentiles. But there is a reason. He tests His followers to see if they will persevere in their faith.
    19m 59s
  • Having the Courage to Walk on Water

    27 MAY 2024 · Pastor Sam Rainer preaches through every verse of Matthew’s gospel. This sermon covers Jesus’ miracles of feeding thousands and walking on water from Matthew 14:13-36. True courage is derived from God’s presence. Your faith doesn’t grow when life is easy. Your faith grows when you experience a trial, when you are tested, and when a storm hits.
    18m 53s
  • The Brutal Death of John the Baptist

    20 MAY 2024 · Pastor Sam Rainer preaches through every verse of Matthew’s gospel. This sermon covers the difficult text of Matthew 14:1-12. Herod executes John the Baptist, and Matthew records the challenge of giving your entire life to Christ. The courageous decision is always harder than caving into sin.
    20m 45s
  • The Kingdom of Heaven Belongs to Children

    13 MAY 2024 · Pastor Sam Rainer preaches through every verse of Matthew’s gospel. This Mother’s Day sermon is about a childlike faith, and the text is Matthew 19:13-15. The Bible makes a clear connection between fearing God and a mother’s wisdom. Children are a blessing, so make them a priority. What God gives as blessings should be our priorities.
    18m 44s
  • Why Jesus Used Parables to Teach (Part 2)

    6 MAY 2024 · Pastor Sam Rainer preaches through every verse of Matthew’s gospel. This week’s sermon covers Matthew 13:24-58 and Jesus’ use of parables in his teaching. Crowds of people were responding in faith. Jesus returned to His hometown, Nazareth, but His family and friends quickly rejected Him. Why did Jesus’ hometown not believe? And what is the connection to His parables?
    18m 42s
  • Why Jesus Used Parables to Teach (Part 1)

    29 APR 2024 · Pastor Sam Rainer preaches through every verse of Matthew’s gospel. This week’s sermon covers Matthew 13:1-23. In this text, Jesus begins to teach in parables. A parable is a little story with a big meaning. The Parable of the Soil is about the condition of your soul. How well do you hear and respond to God’s Word?
    19m 19s
  • What Jesus Says about Evil Spirits

    22 APR 2024 · Pastor Sam Rainer preaches through every verse of Matthew’s gospel. This week’s sermon covers Matthew 12:22-50. After Jesus heals a demon-possessed man, the religious leaders confront Him. They claim Jesus has struck a deal with Satan, but He challenges their logic. In this text, Jesus reveals the damage of blasphemy and teaches about the nature of evil spirits.
    21m 37s
  • Are Christians Allowed to Work on Sunday?

    15 APR 2024 · Pastor Sam Rainer preaches through every verse of Matthew’s gospel. This week’s sermon covers Matthew 12:1-21. Is the Sabbath a day of rest, a day for worship, or both? Is the Sabbath still binding today? What is the difference between the Lord’s Day and the Sabbath? Your life is better when you rest for a day and worship. But why?
    25m 38s
Weekly messages from Sam Rainer - lead pastor of West Bradenton Baptist Church.
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