Mercy, Not Sacrifice

We are looking at the account of the tax collector, Matthew, coming to Christ. By looking at how Jesus brought Matthew to himself, we are laying out important principles about what it means to be a Christian. A Christian is someone who is called by a force outside themselves — both called away from something and called toward something. In this message, we will focus on what we’re called away from.

Jesus says you can’t be a Christian unless you’re willing to be called away from religion. In this message, we’ll see 1) What religion means; 2) How Jesus smashes that definition; and 3) Some tests to see the extent to which we’ve moved away from religion. 

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on September 10, 1995. Series: Matthew 9. Scripture: Matthew 9:9-17.

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