The early Christians called themselves followers of "The Way." The Messiah they followed left them teachings and exhortations, a path to follow -- not just a leader to admire. This path of Jesus started with what's known as the Beatitudes. Join us over the next 10 weeks as we consider what it means to be followers of Jesus and walk in his path, as we unpack the Beatitudes.
The Poor In Spirit
The Beatitudes are considered some of the most prolific and timeless thoughts ever taught. Theologians and philosophers have spent centuries trying to understand and mine out all the wisdom in them, yet for Jesus, the Beatitudes were more than wise words -- they were snapshot of God's Kingdom and what it means to follow after Him. Listen in as we begin to look at these timeless truths and what it means for us as we walk in the path of Jesus.
Those Who Mourn
In a society that values strength over weakness, a winner over a whiner, it's hard to fully comprehend what Jesus meant by saying, "Blessed are those who mourn (the whiners!), for they will be comforted." Join us as we explore this and discover what it means to to be a whiner in God's kingdom.
In this beatitude Jesus shows us something that all of our hearts long for: a place to belong. And he tells us who finds that sort of place in his kingdom. Listen in as we discover this upside-down way of living.
Those Who Hunger and Thirst For Righteousness
In the beatitudes Christ blesses the unexpected and as he approaches the idea of righteousness his language slightly shifts. He speaks of those who desire righteousness in terms of the most basic and primal human needs- hunger and thirst. There are those who literally and figuratively hunger and thirst for righteousness in their lives and the lives of others. Often they are treated with disdain as not being willing to accept the "real world". Christ comes and says they are blessed but not only are they blessed they will be filled, their need will be met, their hunger will be satisfied.
It's been said that resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die. It's hard to be merciful to those who don't deserve it, but even more dangerous to not take the risk. Listen in as we explore the Beatitude of being a person of mercy, and what it costs to live this way.
The Pure In Heart
'Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.' To seek God and him alone can be a disheartening journey, for to seek and see God comes not through right action but through an undivided heart without duplicity. Listen in as we examine this Beatitude and seek to understand what it takes to have a pure heart and see God.
"Blessed are the peacemakers." This two-thousand year-old saying from Jesus is amazingly relevant in today's fractured world. Listen in to learn what it means to be a peacemaker. As usual, Jesus' words are more challenging and more hopeful than we might see upon first glance.
While persecution is something most people avoid at all costs Christ arrives on the stage of history and claims it is nothing less than an essential part of following him. He says that, in a mysterious way, those who are persecuted for righteousness sake are blessed and in that blessing will possess the Kingdom of Heaven. In this message hear how Jesus' teachings and life show us that a life lived righteously over a period of time brings persecution as the Kingdom of Heaven crashes into the kingdom of men.
Fortunate Are You
No one likes to be hurt. Everyone tries to avoid it at all costs. But Jesus tells us that following him will be painful...and it will be worth it. This begs the questions, "what does it mean to follow Jesus?" and "what do we get out of following him?" Listen in as we unpack these questions and discover both the cost and reward of walking the path of Jesus.
Inspiring the Uninspired
When you really listen to Jesus and unpack what he has to say you can't help but be inspired, yet so many people who claim him as Lord have an uninspiring faith. Listen in as we discover what being "salt and light" means, and how it can inspire a world to follow Jesus.