In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus announces his purpose regarding the Law. He did not come to erase or minimize the law of Moses, but rather to fulfill it. He then makes a series of “you have heard” statements. He addresses the common teaching around anger, integrity, and love in these statements, but then shows how each of these should be fulfilled in the Kingdom of God. Jesus’ words are to be the foundation of how we live as believers. In our world, the common understanding of anger, integrity, and love are centered around what is best for “self.” What would it be like if believers lived according to Jesus words? “But I say…” These are words to live by.
There is a theme of Kingdom reversal that runs throughout scripture. God reverses or flips the typical world order. The principle of reversal also characterizes the very nature of the church. In 1 Corinthians Paul speaks of God’s calling of the Corinthians in their low state. However, God used them instead of the powerful.
Waiting is a part of life. We often are left wondering why is waiting such a big part of life. We need to know how the Lord uses waiting. We need to figure out what we are to do in the waiting. And We are to understand that there surely will come a day when we are to cease waiting—and move! How do we wait well?
When life crashes in upon you, where will you find your hope? David lamented in the aftermath of King Saul’s death, (2 Samuel 1:25), “Oh how the mighty have fallen.” That same reality will come to all of us. When life comes crashing in around you—and all you can do is collapse—you are in the right place to find God.
This series ideals with the tough questions of our day and age. How does the church respond to some of the accusations hurled toward Christian Faith?
With: It is such a tiny little word, but it has such great hope and potential. We all long to be “with”.
Isaiah 7:14 is the basis of the series. Immanuel means, “God with us”. The single word “with” speaks to the major issues in our culture/world.
Money continues to be the biggest barrier to us having the “more abundant life” that God promised. Jesus has more to say about wealth, money, and giving than most anything else. We all tend to think, “If I just had more...” then all my problems would be fixed. "If I had more…" then I would be more thankful. We miss the mark. Life is so much more than money. But either you master it, or it will master you. The more you live life according to God’s economy, the more thankful you will be.