Taking vengeance into our own hands is not what God asks of us. In fact, he says that vengeance is His; we are told to bless our enemies. We must let it go so that God can take care of it. He will bring eternal justice when Jesus returns to set all things right, but He will also do it… Continue reading The 2nd | Like Jesus?
Looking at the life of Paul and the ministry he was doing, we see that there were people in his life that influenced him greatly. Paul is even thought to have written 13 or 14 books in the Bible, some were co-written with others that had influenced him. People come and go in our lives, but they can leave a… Continue reading The 2nd | Paul’s People
When asked what are the two greatest of all the commandments, Jesus told his disciples that loving God was #1—there is no one or thing that we should love more—and the second was to love others. Many of the other commandments would be followed naturally if we just did these two things. What does that mean, to love others? How… Continue reading The 2nd | The Five
As you listen to the sermon today think about all of what we learned in this series. This is the great sermon ever given. Period. 1. What are some things that you heard today that you remember from previous sermons in “A Transformed Life” series? 2. Did you notice something that you didn’t when you have heard/read it in the… Continue reading A Transformed Life | The Sermon on the Mount
Wrapping up the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus talks about how we are supposed to act as a follower. There are three warnings he gives to the people if they are not following the way. Tune in next week for a Sermon on the Mount Special!
No one is born with virtue, we make our own. Character is not what one does at moments in their lives, but what they do as an overall existence. Matthew 7 is exploring the need for character formation.
We can argue with our thoughts when we begin to worry. God sees–and He cares! Being sure that God is good and not measuring it by the way you are perceiving the circumstances that are happening around you. Have confidence He is good and sometimes the circumstances around us fight against that, but you pursue him in faith.
The Sermon on the Mount pushes forward and the next topic that Jesus talks about is what rewards we should expect. It is a metric of what happens when we are following the early [part of the sermon. If we are pursuing Jesus in our giving, prayer and fasting, we will be pursuing the heavenly kingdom and not laying up… Continue reading A Transformed Life | True Rewards
We continue through Matthew and the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus begins to tell us the importance of focusing on not just doing the things that God asks of us, but to do them only for the sight of God—not others.
We finished Matthew 5! After learning all about how we are called to be perfect because of Jesus living in us, we now looking into chapter 6 and the fruit that will come from a life lived with Christ. Yet, it is telling us to do these deeds in secret except being seen by God.
Continuing to read Matthew 5, Jesus spoke about loving the unlovable. It is easy to love people that love you, but in order to love perfectly, like God, you must love those who hate you. How do we operate living in two different universes?
A problem can always arise at any point. Sometimes big problems can worry us and change the way we are living our lives. But most of those angry tigers are made of paper—they can’t hurt anything.