go with a new flow

a series from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount

It takes about 15 minutes to read the Sermon on the Mount aloud. Jesus spoke about the extraordinary reign of God that begins with grace and results in right living. He turned the world upside down introducing God’s new way of life – a new flow. He said hearing about it isn’t enough. Wisdom means doing it. And we leave the rest to God.


“Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock” (Matthew 7:24). 


September 10, 2017

Bless You!

[Matthew 5:1-12]

Jesus speaks blessings on the most unlikely people: the poor in spirit, the mourners, the meek, the spiritually hungry and thirsty. Immediately, he has everyone’s attention. The “un-blest” now feel a breeze of hope. Going with a new flow begins with unexpected blessings for unsuspecting people – even you.


September 17, 2017

Let Your Flavor Flow

[Matthew 5:13-16]

Jesus surprises us by telling us we are God’s influencers. It’s not that you could be, or you will be. You ARE the salt of the earth. You ARE the light of the world. Going with a new flow means your influence is already greater than you know.


September 24, 2017

To Obey and Beyond

[Matthew 5:17-20]

Jesus was accused of opposing the Hebrew Scriptures – especially disobeying the Sabbath law. But Jesus didn’t come to erase the Old Testament laws. He came to transform them into their full and final purpose. Going with a new flow means transcending rules and obeying Jesus.



October 1, 2017

The Power of Your Dark Side

[Matthew 5:21-30]

We don’t like to talk about sin, ours or anyone else’s. Jesus wasn’t afraid to name sin, even secret ones we’re sure won’t hurt anybody. We can’t go with a new flow until we face our dark side and rely on grace.



October 8, 2017

Talkin’ True Talk

[Matthew 5:31-37]

When you’ve made a promise, what’s your breaking point? What does it take for you to give up on your word? $20 bucks? Somebody better looking? Jesus taught us to take our word with dead seriousness. Going with a new flow means your yes means yes, and your no means no.


 


October 15, 2017

Impossible People to Love

[Matthew 5:38-48]

The most difficult people in your life are those who insult you, take advantage of you, or treat you like a second-class citizen. Jesus says love them. Pray for them. Be generous with them. And if you find this new flow impossible, it’s because it is! But we do it anyway, because we trust Jesus. Then we wait and watch for something remarkable to happen.


 


October, 22 2017

Family Sunday