Sermon On The Mount

Beware False Peace - Matthew 7:21-23


Date:  08/07/16
Speaker:  Matt McCullough
Title:  Beware False Peace
Scripture:  Matthew 7:21-23

Description:  With this warning Jesus raises a question that hovers over the entire Sermon on the Mount: who will enter the kingdom of heaven? His answer: it's not just what you say that matters, but what you do. And it's not just what you do that matters, it's whom you know.

Don't Be Anxious - Matthew 6:25-34


Date:  06/19/16
Speaker:  Matt McCullough
Title:  Don't Be Anxious
Scripture:  Matthew 6:25-34

Description:  Several times in this text Jesus gives the same simple command: don't be anxious. To those of us who struggle with anxiety, that can sound a bit like blaming the victim. Who would really choose to be anxious, after all? But what Jesus offers isn't a dismissive charge to get over it. Nor is it a comprehensive explanation of everything that goes into anxiety. What he offers are weapons for the battle with anxiety that are powerful no matter what your unique struggle looks like.

When You Pray - Matthew 6:5-8


Date:  05/22/16
Speaker:  Matt McCullough
Title:  When You Pray
Scripture:  Matthew 6:5-8

Description:  Before teaching us how to pray, Jesus first clarifies why we should pray to God in the first place. We should come to God because we love him, not from a hypocritical desire to impress other people. And we should come to God because we trust him, not from some attempt to control him by saying just the right thing.

Family Resemblance - Matthew 5:43-48


Date:  05/08/16
Speaker:  Matt McCullough
Title:  Family Resemblance
Scripture:  Matthew 5:43-48

Description:  Jesus finishes his examples of kingdom behavior with the primary mark of all those who are with him being love. But not just any love. The distinctive love of Jesus's followers is a love that reflects the love of their Father, a love for those who don't love them well in return.

An Eye For An Eye - Matthew 5:38-42


Date:  05/01/16
Speaker:  Matt McCullough
Title:  An Eye For An Eye
Scripture:  Matthew 5:38-42

Description:  Jesus says his followers don't resist when they're mistreated. But what does it look like to obey? And wouldn't it be dangerous for us and for others if we did obey? Jesus offers four examples that show us both how his words challenge us and how his words help us.

Lust, Divorce, and Remarriage - Matthew 5:27-32


Date:  04/17/16
Speaker:  Bill Heerman
Title:  Lust, Divorce, And Remarriage
Scripture:  Matthew 5:27-32

Description:  As Jesus continues to show us what whole-hearted love for and obedience to God looks like, we consider three ways that Jesus tells us we might be committing adultery: lust, divorce, and remarriage after divorce. Plumbing the depth of our sin, we also plumb the depth of Christ's love and mercy. And we come to the glorious conclusion that Christ is enough.

A Greater Righteousness - Matthew 5:25-26


Date:  04/10/16
Speaker:  Bill Heerman
Title:  A Greater Righteousness
Scripture:  Matthew 5:25-26

Description:  In this section of the sermon on the mount, Jesus calls us to hearts that are empty of anger and full of reconciliation. We feel our need of a savior because we can never meet this standard perfectly. We also consider practical ways to avoid anger and pursue reconciliation that flow from transformed hearts that rest in the finished work of Christ.

Christ, The Law, and Christian Righteousness - Matthew 5:17-20


Date:  04/03/16
Speaker:  Matt Givens
Title:  Christ, The Law, and Christian Righteousness
Scripture:  Matthew 5:17-20

Description:  What does the Old Testament have to do with the kingdom Jesus came to establish? He came to fulfill its purpose and demands, and now his followers should be careful to follow his commandments out of delight instead of duty.

Salt, Light, And Christian Calling - Matthew 5:13-16


Date:  03/20/16
Speaker:  Matt McCullough
Title:  Salt, Light, And Christian Calling
Scripture:  Matthew 5:13-16

Description:  In the Beatitudes Jesus described the character of those who follow him. Now he tells us why our character matters. When we're with Jesus, we're called to be different, called to be useful, and ultimately called to glorify God.

Where Do You Belong? - Matthew 5:10-12


Date:  03/13/16
Speaker:  Matt McCullough
Title:  Where Do You Belong?
Scripture:  Matthew 5:10-12

Description:  As a follower of Jesus, you should expect persecution. It is as basic as being poor in spirit, mourning over sin, or hungering after righteousness. But Jesus also says you should welcome persecution, because it shows you belong to another world.