WEEK 1 - March 5, 2017
"your kingdom come"
Jesus’ passion was the Kingdom of God. It was the major theme of His teaching & mission. He told stories & used metaphors & similes in order to expand our understanding. It can be hard for us to grasp this Kingdom of God, however, when we’re so deep in other kingdoms. In the book of Matthew, we find a perspective shift that can help us live in His kingdom now.
WEEK 2 - March 12, 2017
"if thoughts could kill"
When Jesus began teaching on the side of a mountain about the Kingdom, He was teaching His hearers a new paradigm in which to understand God’s desire for them. Although, the Pharisees prided themselves in following the law to the letter, the condition of their heart was not considered a part of the equation. In the book of Matthew, we learn God is not as concerned with the outward appearance of faith as he is with what is happening on the inside.
WEEK 3 - March 19, 2017
"yes, yes, no, no"
Jesus taught about radical truthfulness. In a time when the Pharisees tried to evade God’s commands by creating modified vows and loop holes, Christ responded with a challenge to practice and cultivate a life of integrity. He said our lives should be marked by such a demonstration of truth that it makes promises unnecessary. In this passage in Matthew we learn how.
WEEK 4 - March 26, 2017
"our father in heaven"
The Lord’s prayer isn’t a prayer designed for us to simply recite the words. It’s a model for us to follow. Jesus didn’t say "pray these words exactly". Rather, He encouraged His followers saying "this is how you should pray". The first approach becomes a ritual, the latter shapes a relationship. In Matthew 6, we learn the significance of this special language called prayer.
WEEK 5 - April 2, 2017
"cure of worry"
We give power to all kinds of things around us to determine how we feel about our lives and view our situation and futures. We think we are secure when we have money, control, health, and success. If we’re lacking, however, we become filled with worry. In this passage from the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus reminds us that is only one thing we can seek that will free us from worry.