Category Archives: Sermon on the Mount

  1. The seventy-seveners: a visit to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe (Matthew 18.21-35) [sermon 3-10-19]

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    March 17, 2019 by jmar198013

    Jesus told us to forgive “seventy-seven times.” This wasn’t a hard number–his point is that, in God’s Neighborhood, we can never write anyone off completely. In God’s Neighborhood, forgiveness is one of our most precious supernatural resources. We are often stingy with precious things, but forgiveness is meant to be shared freely.

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  2. Do unto others as God does unto you: life in God’s Neighborhood, part 3 (Matthew 7.12) [sermon 2-10-2019]

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    February 19, 2019 by jmar198013

    Most everyone knows the so-called Golden Rule (Matt. 7.12): “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” But there’s a very important word we tend to leave out: “Therefore.” That word connects how we treat others to how our heavenly Father treats us (Matthew 7.7-11). Using God as our standard means using our imaginations, asking questions, and remembering God’s mercies toward us.

  3. Seek first God’s Neighborhood and righteousness: life in God’s Neighborhood, part 2 (Matt. 6.33) [sermon 2-3-19]

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    February 3, 2019 by jmar198013

    The second message of three on the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5 – 7) from our series in Matthew’s Gospel, “God’s Neighborhood.” This message focused on Matt. 6.33, and what it looks like when we seek first God’s kingdom (neighborhood) and his righteousness.

  4. The salty, lit city: life in God’s Neighborhood, part 1 (Matt. 5.13-16)

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    January 28, 2019 by jmar198013

    In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells the church we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. This message presents three Big Ideas about what it means to be salt and light.

  5. The magi’s star, and us (Matt. 2.1-23) [sermon 1-6-19]

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    January 9, 2019 by jmar198013

    Long ago, God placed a star to shine in the sky, to lead strangers to Christ. Now God has placed the church in the world, to shine and lead other people to Christ.

  6. You are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14-16) [sermon 12-16-18]

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    December 17, 2018 by jmar198013

    Jesus says the church is the light of the world. We’re supposed to shine, so that others see the good we do and glorify God. But we often don’t feel like the light. Because we know the dark places we’ve been, and the darkness that dwells in us. In this message, we look to a fun source for tips on how to be the light of the world: fireflies.

  7. Untwisting Scripture: “Rightly dividing the word of truth”

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    March 20, 2018 by jmar198013

    In the last episode of Untwisting Scripture, we looked at a phrase from 2 Timothy 2.15, “study to shew thyself approved.” In this follow-up episode, we examine another: “rightly dividing the word of truth.” In popular dispensationalist hermeneutics, this is taken to mean recognizing the “divisions” in scripture among various dispensations. But is that Paul really had in mind?

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