The Beatitudes (Matt 5:1-12)

Jesus began the Sermon on the Mount with eight blessings[1] that describe the character of those who have entered the kingdom of God. While it is impossible in this life for any one disciple to perfectly meet these descriptions, they are nonetheless Jesus’ description of a Christian. What does Jesus mean when He says someoneContinue reading “The Beatitudes (Matt 5:1-12)”

The Sermon on the Mount: Introduction (Matthew 5-7)

After Jesus was baptized by John and spent 40 days in the wilderness being tempted by the devil, He traveled through Galilee teaching “in their synagogues…proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people” (Matt 4:23). He was so popular that a large crowd followed Jesus and “seeingContinue reading “The Sermon on the Mount: Introduction (Matthew 5-7)”

Discipleship Self-Examination (Matt 4:19)

Knowing where you are is vital to getting where you need to be. Most malls and large shopping centers have maps that indicate the location of shops and various amenities. One helpful tool on these maps is the “You Are Here” sticker. The purpose of this sticker, obviously, is to reveal your current location soContinue reading “Discipleship Self-Examination (Matt 4:19)”

Blessed are the Peacemakers (Matthew 5:9)

Conflict is unavoidable.  The sooner one accepts that fact the better.  Everyone, at some time or another, will be embroiled in conflict and hostility.  Conflict may mean anything from harsh words to loss of property or life.  Jesus was no stranger to conflict.  He experienced conflict and spoke on the subject on many occasions.  InContinue reading “Blessed are the Peacemakers (Matthew 5:9)”

Our Mission: What We Are Called To Do (Matthew 28:18-20)

Over the next few Sundays we shall discuss the following: Our Mission: What We Are Called To Do Our Vision: Where We Hope To Go Our Plan: How We Get There Our Response: What We Shall Do This Sunday morning we will focus on “Our Mission: What We Are Called To Do”.  Our Mission isContinue reading “Our Mission: What We Are Called To Do (Matthew 28:18-20)”