August 22, 2017 Mategyero

And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”—Luke 22:44 (ESV) The culture we live in today is so full of itself. One unanswered prayer can mean so many things. I have heard someone say to a group of people that their prayers remain unanswered because they did not purify themselves. I am still trying to figure out what that statement means. Others say that our unanswered prayers are because we have unrepented sin. And also others say that we just don’t know the words to…

July 12, 2017 Mategyero

When is sin a sin? Isn’t that the most asked question in church today? What about playing the lottery, is it sin? Where do we draw the line? You will agree with me that chalking the line to what qualifies as sin and what doesn’t is not a piece of cake. Especially so, in a culture that, instead of ‘finding the truth, chooses to create it.’ Thankfully for us, there is God’s word—the Bible, to help us answer this question. Since sin is disobedience towards God, then God Himself is better qualified to respond to the question “What is a…

June 5, 2017 Mategyero

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.—1 John 4:18b (ESV) Fear is a present reality in the life of a Christian. We fear of punishment, death, sickness, old age, bereavement, and above all, the fear of the unknown. I have met people who have told me that when they were about to finish a particular level of education, say, primary school, something bad happened and the trend went on. Most of the time, what happened was similar to what had happened before: sickness, attacks of all kinds (including panic attacks). Fear was the fuel that…

April 10, 2017 Mategyero 6Comment

And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house, saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’”—Matthew 20:11-12 (ESV) One mark, and probably the most visible one, of a false congregation (church/Ministry) is when it’s overflowing in numbers. When people are coming from the big and small towns, walking tens of hundreds of kilometres just to be at this one place, you ought to smell the fish. Why do I say this? Because, by its very nature, the…

April 9, 2017 Mategyero

Today Christians all over the world, even those who have not been to church in a long time, will grace the pews for Palm Sunday. Palms will be all over the place and we will be waving hosanna with the joy of a little kid who has just unpacked his new toy. When Jesus sets his face towards Jerusalem (Luke 9:53), we know that a lot of theological and Prophetic bombs are about to go off. He is walking to His death. “Jesus setting His face towards Jerusalem” could literally be translated as Jesus setting his face towards his grave…

December 7, 2016 Mategyero

Let me confess at the outset that this is written for me. I wrote it down because I need it, it’s a sermon that I preached to myself and if it helps you, good! I want to communicate something really sensitive, something that would be classified as being ‘border-line’ in nature because some things are really hard to communicate than others. I want to talk about what Jesus in John 15:1-11 calls abiding, and what I want to say, really, is something that we tend to overlook. In that passage Jesus mentions the word ‘abide’ a staggering six times (vs….

October 31, 2016 Mategyero

But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ…”—Philippians 3:20 (ESV).   With the believers in Christ, them who have their righteousness in Him, there should follow in this life on earth the fruits of upright living, in obedience to God. These fruits constitute the good works acceptable to God, which, being works of faith and wrought in Christ, will be rewarded in the life to come.   But Paul has in mind the individuals who, rejecting faith in Christ, regard their self-directed lives, their humanly-wrought works, which conform to the Law,…

September 6, 2016 Mategyero

Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.”—Luke 22:42, (ESV)I don’t know about you, but I was lied to as I was growing up. I was told countless times by people who came before me, and I also later told others who came after me that there were three steps to having your prayer answered. And that everyone would do it, if they had ‘enough faith’. These three steps were:1.       Name it, 2.      Claim it, and then 3.      Receive it.When things didn’t go according to plan, it was because I lacked faith:…

July 21, 2016 Mategyero

If the Old Testament tells One Story, then it follows that all the people, events, and themes we read about in the OT are but “types and shadows” of the good things that would come (Romans 5:14; Colossians 2:17; Hebrews 8:5; 10;1). Jesus himself says that these good things concern Him alone (Luke 24:27; John 5:39). What we are going to do this week is talk about these “shadows and types” as a set up for Genesis 3 and onwards. Eden, the Temple Garden—God’s Footstool Genesis 3:8 introduces us to the notion of God walking through the garden. This time He does…

July 14, 2016 Mategyero

One of the most rewarding marks of a Christian is to be able to read the Old Testament for all its worth. This series titled “One Story” is prepared for just that. As we go through a number of Old Testament passages, we will see one thing: That the bible does not tell so many stories, but it tells one story in so many different ways. The best place to start is Luke 24:13-35. The Emmaus Road experience. The reason we are starting here is two-fold: it is in this passage of scripture that we see how we wrongly read the Old Testament,…

May 27, 2016 Mategyero

One unique mark of Reformation theology is the important emphasis on preaching Law and Gospel. Called God’s two words, the Reformers believed that Law and Gospel was the thread that ran through the entire bible. Law—God’s word of demand that declares us all guilty before God is to be preached until the hearer is brought to despair and then the Gospel—God’s word of deliverance that declares us all justified before God is to be preached to bring deliverance to guilty people on account of what Jesus has done for them. The distinction between Law and Gospel is what distinguishes Reformation…

February 24, 2016 Mategyero

The gospel is good news to all who hear it. That is known. Its relieving to hear that your sins, for example, are forgiven and that God remembers them no more because of what Jesus has done. But therein lies the problem–the human heart finds it so hard to believe the gospel, in fact the hardest thing to believe is whether this Good News is for me. “Is it really for me?”, “It sounds too good to be true but is it really true what you are saying?”,” Am I really saved, me?” Believing the gospel is a battle of the…