What does it mean to live a flourishing life? How do you live in such a way that inspires the imagination of a world looking for hope? These are the kind of questions and more Jesus answers in his Sermon on the Mount. In this 12 part series, we'll seek to discover all the riches we can in listening to and applying what Jesus teaches in these verses, and, in turn, help bring healing to a world that hurts. Join us as we continue the "Path of Jesus pt. 2" and the Sermon on the Mount.
A Better Righteousness
A giant portion of the Bible is filled with rules, and we find more rules in the Sermon on the Mount. How do we interact with the Law in light of Jesus? Are these laws merely arbitrary, antiquated rules? Or is their purpose simply to show us how bad we are and how much we need Jesus? What if there's something more? And what if there's something more that can inspire the imagination of the entire world?
Don't Get Mad, Get Even.
"It's not like I killed somebody!" If you’ve ever said a phrase like this in order to justify your actions Jesus might disagree with you. He says anger, rage and contempt are as dangerous as murder. How do we deal with this revelation? Is there such a thing as righteous anger? When and how much responsibility should I take for being at peace with others? Instead of appeasing our self-righteousness with more rules to follow Jesus takes us to the heart of the matter.
What's L̶o̶v̶e̶ Lust Got To Do With It?
Jesus is calling humanity to a higher standard of living by insisting that until a person deals with matters of the heart (the cause), you'll always deal with your character defects with extreme measures (the symptom). And when Christians try to deal with matters of the heart with sheer force it leaves us looking ridiculous to the world and offers a bottom shelf ethic that is neither compelling or helpful.
Listen in as we continue our journey through the Sermon on the Mount and seek for a higher ethic and inspiration through Jesus's teachings.
Looking For The Back Door
The topic of divorce was a big topic in Jesus's day. With divorce rates going up, and more couples decided to skip the "til death do us part" bit and marriage all together -- it's fair to say marriage and divorce is a pertinent for us today, as well. Join us as we unpack the meaning of marriage and the impulse we all have to "look for the back door."
Of all the things Jesus seems to have a problem with, his dismissal of making oaths is the most unrelatable as 21 century people. But of all the things he has to say, nothing is more necessary for us to consider than Jesus' push for our "yes" to be "yes" and "no" to be "no." Listen in as we unpack what it means to live with utter honesty and how that shapes us as a people and community.
The Nonviolent Resistance of Jesus
"I don't like to mix politics and church." If that is a thought you've had before, you may be surprised with what Jesus has to say. Somehow, the follower of Jesus is called to oppose the systems of the world, yet compel the "enemies" who promote them. Join us as we explore what it means to be involved in changing the politics of our times, while inspiring those who set the politics of our times.
A Quiet Spirituality
The Christian life is often marked by epic events and mountain-top experiences. But that sort of spirituality doesn't fit into the everyday, ordinary, mundane moments of life. Jesus invites you into a spirituality that's deeper, richer, and more relevant than what you might have ever experienced before.
Who doesn’t struggle with worry and anxiety among us? We are a culture plagued by ever-present fears that we will lose something we treasure, or worse, fail to acquire something we believe we need.The result is a flood of sleeplessness, stress induced illness, fractured relationships and growing addictions that our society has made little progress in addressing. In this message hear how Jesus gives us the cure for a life lived in anxiety and misplaced treasures as he leads us further into the reality of the kingdom of heaven. A reality filled with generosity and faith.
A Nonjudgemental Presence
In Matthew 7:1-6, Jesus points out destructive ways that we try to go about relationships, by elevating ourselves and lowering others. Not only is this damaging, but it makes genuine and thriving relationships with other people impossible. Listen in to discover the profound message Jesus has for us in these verses and to discover a powerful new way to go about relationships.
The Power of A Request
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” There are few passages of scripture concerning prayer that inspire more passionate action, misunderstanding, judgment and self condemnation as Matthew 7:7. What is Jesus communicating to use about the power of a request and the heavenly Father who hears those requests? Join us as we explore a power that is fundamental to the kingdom of heaven and creation itself-the power to ask.
The Most Important Thing
Jesus tells us that the "golden rule" is so important, that all of scripture can be summed up through it. Not only in Christianity, but other religions have held the "golden rule" with similar importance. So what is the big deal with this simple statement? Join us as we explore all the depth and riches this "golden rule" has to offer.
I Pity The Fool: Musings On The Wise Life
As we conclude the Sermon on the Mount, we are left with a line in the sand of either doing what Jesus says, or not. Following him, or walking away. Building our house on a rock, or on sand. Being wise, or being foolish.
Listen in as we explore this call to a wise life -- what it will cost us and what it can give us.