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Sermon on the Mount - words of life in the Kingdom of God

  • The Poor In Spirit

    Matthew 5:1-3

    January 12, 2020

    The Sermon on the Mount is the most famous sermon ever delivered to human ears. Jesus retreats to a mountain to speak about the kingdom of heaven right here on earth. What comes out of his mouth are words that will challenge what it means to be a true Christian. The starting point is the poor in spirit.



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  • those who mourn

    matthew 5:4

    january 19, 2020

    In the second Beatitude Jesus asks his followers to mourn and those who do will be comforted. Even though we avoid the topic and run to our “happy place”, this is a clear call for Christ followers to walk through the process of mourning their sin and brokenness.



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  • the meek

    matthew 5:5

    january 26, 2020

    In Matthew 5:5, Jesus says, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” Meekness, defined here as “power under control”, is the character of the Kingdom of God, and of Christ himself. It is also the character that increasingly takes root in the lives of those who follower Christ as his Kingdom bearers. Jesus invites us to discover the life of those who inherit the earth.



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  • those who hunger and thirst

    matthew 5:6

    february 2, 2020

    In the fourth Beatitude, Jesus speaks at a level that all humans relate – of hunger and thirst. Spiritually we are to hunger and thirst for righteousness. This is what our soul is longing for that will ultimately bring satisfaction.



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  • the merciful

    matthew 5:7

    feberary 9, 2020

    Jesus is building upon the beatitudes week after week. Now we get to a conversation about mercy which is giving help to those who are in misery. May God open our eyes to see people in pain and may our hearts be transformed to offer mercy.



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  • the pure in heart

    matthew 5:8

    february 16, 2020

    In the sixth Beatitude, Jesus challenges his followers to be pure in heart for they shall see God. The heart is a difficult discussion that is personal and private, yet this is the place that Jesus wants to address. He knows that in order to truly bring change in to one’s life, you must begin here.



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  • the peacemakers

    matthew 5:9

    February 23, 2020

    In the seventh Beatitude, Jesus makes it clear that we are to be peacemakers in this life. What that means is that we will take an active role in entering in to the conflict and chaos of others to bring about a life-giving peace.



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  • the persecuted

    matthew 5: 10-11

    march 1, 2020

    The eighth beatitude ties all of the previous together as Jesus speaks about the reality of persecution for the sake of righteousness. As we align our lives with Jesus we will be hared by the world.



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  • salt and light

    matthew  5: 13-16

    march 8, 2020

    Right after the beatitudes, Jesus gives his followers two important metaphors describing who they are salt and light. Jesus uses these to challenge his listeners to enter into the spiritual darkness and decay of this world.



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  • christ came to fulfill the law

    matthew 5: 17-20

    march 15, 2020

    Jesus helps us answer the question "How do I navigate life?" In a world where there are so many choices and decisions, Jesus Christ is the one in whom we turn to not religion, but a relationship with him.



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  • Anger

    matthew 5: 21-26

    march 22, 2020

    As we navigate life, there will be many obstacles along the way. Jesus knows one of these obstacles is anger, and so he addresses it in the Sermon on the Mount. Anger is a major problem for all of us, but it gives God the opportunity to sanctify the deepest parts of us and causes us to rely on Jesus’s righteousness.



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  • the gift of intimacy

    matthew 5:27-30

    march 29, 2020

    In Matthew 5:27-30, Jesus is talking about the architecture of our imagination and hearts. This weekend we will look deeply into the heart of a God who wants to restore us not just the level of actions or thoughts, but wants to re-orient and re-architect the nature of our hearts. Because there is nothing better we can offer this world than a fully formed Christian imagination.



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  • the heart of marriage

    matthew 5:31-32

    april 5, 2020

    This week Jesus speaks to marriage and the difficult topic of divorce. He wants us to hear his heart for what is to be permanent in a world and culture that sees marriage as more temporary.



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