Anger and Reconciliation

After saying that he has come to fulfill the law, Jesus begins to interpret and apply the law to the hearts and lives of his hearers. Immediately it becomes evident that God is more concerned with our inward purity of heart than our outward behaviors. The disciples of Jesus must not be filled with personal anger, but instead be peacemakers, seeking reconciliation with their brother.

The Law and Christ

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus answers the criticism that he is abolishing the law. Jesus’ life is misunderstood by the ‘righteous’ of his day as he lives in perfect obedience to the will and law of God. Jesus not only redefines their understanding of the law, he calls them to a higher standard of righteousness.

Purpose and Effect

It is only when we know what we are created for that we can then fulfill the purpose for which we were created. Jesus uses two metaphors (salt and light) to present a picture of how his disciples must live and the effects their lives will have on the world.

Peace, Persecution and a Promise

It is an incredible irony that God’s people are called to be peacemakers yet, they will be persecuted. But our persecution for righteousness sake is far exceeded in scope by God’s promise of eternal reward in heaven. Will we believe God sees and rewards?

A Compassionate Savior and Prayer

Jesus is a compassionate Savior who has come to redeem us and to use us to share his love with others. Prayer is a means by which the work of the Kingdom is carried out.

The Perfect Gift

Jesus is everything we need. Not everything we think we want. But exactly everything we need. He is the Perfect Gift.

Satisfaction and Sacrifice

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus addresses the universal desire of all of our hearts, to be satisfied. There is one way and only one way to be eternally satisfied and it is only through Jesus Christ. Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be satisfied.

Responding to Tragedy

This week Pastor Matthew discusses how Christians should think, feel and pray in response to the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.

The Nature of the Kingdom - Week 1

Through the beatitudes Jesus gave a beautiful description of those who participate in his kingdom. In this passage we discover who the people are who are truly blessed.

The Sermon on the Mount

The Sermon on the Mount is the most famous sermon in the world. This morning we read it in its entirety and briefly examine how to rightly to apply this teaching to our lives.

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