In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “Unless your righteousness is better than the righteousness of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” So how can we break out of the box of law and religious rules? As Paul told the Philippians: “I didn’t want some petty, inferior brand of righteousness that comes from keeping a list of rules when I could get the robust kind that comes from trusting Christ—God’s righteousness.” Message delivered 6/14/09.
Jesus told his listeners, “You are the salt of the earth” and “You are the light of the world” in the Sermon on the Mount. But our saltiness is worthless unless it is added to the world to season and preserve, our light is wasted if it’s hidden. Message delivered 6/7/09.
In Moses’ encounter with God in Exodus 3, the Lord said eight things crucial to Moses then and to the church today. Former pastor Tom Brazell then follows up on that lesson with observations on why, if we know God’s will, we don’t do it. Delivered 5/31/2009.
Jesus says that if the character traits identified in the first seven of the Beatitudes (in Matthew 5) are active in your life, he guarantees you will come under persecution. Because if these things are working in your life, people you interact with are going to have to make a decision.
Here’s a link to the video shown at the beginning of the message.
Christians are called to be peace-makers in the church and the community: not trouble-makers! Peacemaking is a divine work that comes from a humble, gentle sergant’s heart, being spirit-led in how we approach our relationships. Message delivered 5/17/2009.
Purity of heart, layered on top of being merciful, is key to being in proper relationship with others. Message delivered 5/3/2009.
In this next message from the Sermon on the Mount, Pastor John Young teaches that it’s our pursuit of God that puts us in a position to have proper relationships with other people. Being merciful is key to receiving mercy. Message delivered 4/26/2009.
The point of the Beatitudes is NOT “do these things and you’ll make God happy,” but rather “this is the kind of person God wants you to be.” Pastor John Young continues his exploration of the Beatitudes with “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Message delivered 4/19/2009.
Jesus taught, “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the Earth.” When he rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, he was declaring himself the King, but in a way that was the perfect illustration of what he said about being meek. Message delivered 4/5/09