Storing Treasure

Matthew 6:19-34

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.

The Nonviolent Resistance of Jesus

Matthew 5:38-48

"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. 

Trick or Treat

Matthew 5:33-37

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. 

What's L̶o̶v̶e̶ Lust Got To Do With It?

Matthew 5:27-30

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.

Don't Get Mad, Get Even

Matthew 5:21-26

"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.

 

 

A Better Righteousness

Matthew 5:17-20

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?