October 1, 2019
It is no accident that Jesus moves from “Blessed are the peacemakers…” to “Blessed are those who are persecuted.” However hard we may try to make peace with some people, they refuse to live at peace with us.
These are the standards of conduct in the beatitudes…
- Be Merciful – Offering compassion & forgiveness (even to those “undeserving”).
- Be Pure in Heart – Refusing to compromise our convictions or integrity.
- Be Peacemakers by identifying & curing “the disease of the soul” instead of just applying salve to symptoms.
When Christians live by these standards, we live at odds with the culture of our time because those values & standards stand in direct conflict with the contemporary culture. Therefore, because the culture of the world rejects these, they also reject those who are uncompromising of Christ & His values & standards.
September 8, 2019
To best live this "New Creation" that Christ came to usher in, we first need to have a correct attitude toward God & be in right relationship with Him. Once we have that, then we can begin to enter into right relationship with each other. In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches us how to do that. The order of these beatitudes matter...In order to become peacemakers, we must first offer each other mercy, then be pure in heart. If we follow His teaching, we can truly begin to live in community as God designed us to live.
"The Peacemakers" is the 9th message in our newest series, "New Creation...", learning about the "beatitudes" from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount.
September 4, 2019
When Jesus says, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God", He is challenging us to a deeper and more exacting kind of self-reflection. Some people weave such a web of lies that they can no longer tell what is real and what is make-believe. Facing this reality, Jesus is calling us to acknowledge our motives for all that we do in this life. Our motives are the fuel that drives all that we say and do...they are our motivation. What kind of people are we going to be? Are we going to be real? Authentic? Vulnerable? Or are we going to hide behind our masks of lies and make-believe in an effort to fool others (& ourselves)?
One thing we know...we cannot fool God. He knows. And...He loves us anyways!
"Pure in Heart..." is the 8th message in our newest series, "New Creation...", learning about the "beatitudes" from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount.
September 1, 2019
In the 1st 4 beatitudes, Jesus laid out what our attitude is to be before God. Now, as we move into the 5th beatitude, He is laying out for us how we are to live in relationship with each other. "Blessed are the merciful..." raises the standard; the expectation on how we are to treat each other. Mercy is a combination of forgiveness and compassion. To be merciful is to be too aware of our own sin to deal too harshly with the sins of other people. We all have been given the gift of mercy by God. Now, what are we invited to do with the endless mercy He has given to us?
"The Merciful" is the 7th message in our newest series, "New Creation...", learning about the "beatitudes" from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount.
August 10, 2019
Mercy is a combination of forgiveness and compassion. Our mission team was able to be "the hands and feet" of mercy during our time in San Francisco. Listen in as some of our students and adult leaders share about our experiences during our week of mercy and service.
It is fitting that "The Merciful" is the 6th week in our newest series, "New Creation...", learning about the "beatitudes" from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount.
July 29, 2019
It is a really good thing Jesus didn't say, "Blessed are those who EAT & DRINK of righteousness." He said, "...those who HUNGER & THIRST..." That gives all of us hope! Listen in this week as we learn what biblical righteousness is and what Jesus meant when he said, "Blessed are those who hunger & thirst for righteousness."
This is the 5th message in our newest series, "New Creation...", learning about the "beatitudes" from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount.
July 18, 2019
Many of us have a negative perception of the word, "Meek." Too many people correlate the words "weak" and "meek." However, there must be more to this word than we realize because Jesus said, "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth." Jesus even described himself as meek. If we know anything about Jesus, we know he is/was NOT weak!
This is the 4th message in our newest series, "New Creation...", learning about the "beatitudes" from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount.
July 11, 2019
This past Sunday, we had the pleasure of welcoming Aaron Wurgler. In this message Aaron shares some of what he, Sara, and their wonderful family have learned about who God is and grace in their time as missionaries in China.
June 30, 2019
Jesus began one of His most intimate messages, the essence of all His teachings, by saying, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven." He begins laying out this new lifestyle, this new way of life, with the root of all virtues. From being "poor in spirit" is where all the other virtues will emerge...
This is the 2nd message in our newest series, "New Creation..." (building upon our last series "A Long Obedience...")
June 19, 2019
Our newest series, "New Creation..." builds upon our last series "A Long Obedience..." and last week's baptism service.
In Matthew 5:1-12, Jesus lays out a lifestyle/value system/ethic for those who choose to follow Him. In one of His most intimate teachings, Jesus shares His heart and the Truth of God's kingdom as He establishes His new community and the new covenant based on grace and mercy.