Sermons

Does God Really Answer Prayer?

Does God Really Answer Prayer?

"Does God really answer prayer?" You might ask yourself. In today's passage, it almost looks as if Jesus is saying that God gives anything and everything to people who ask. But Jesus isn't trying to say that God gives everything in response to our prayers. Instead,...

Should We Judge Others

Should We Judge Others

Christians often wrestle with the question, "should we judge others." Jesus, people often reminded us, said, "Judge not, lest ye be judged," and we wonder what specifically he meant by that. Did he mean that we're not to assess whether someone's actions are right or...

Treasure in Heaven

Treasure in Heaven

So far in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus has been challenging his followers' to live life differently than the people around them. In this section (Matthew 6:19-34), he confronts his disciples' attitude towards their stuff. They should store up treasure in heaven, not...

Authentic Piety- Matthew 6:1-18

Authentic Piety- Matthew 6:1-18

Next in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells his followers that doing the right thing for the wrong reason won't impress God. So Jesus compares the piety of the Pharisees with his kingdom ideal. The Pharisees show off their piety. By contrast, Jesus tells people to...

Love Your Enemies

Love Your Enemies

In the next section on the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says to love your enemies. This is perhaps his most famous and most disregarded teaching. We often find ourselves carving out exceptions for the people we don't like or who have hurt us. We excuse our disobedience...

Keeping Your Promises

Keeping Your Promises

In the next section of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus has a lot to say about keeping your promises. The first topic he brings up is marriage. While the Law of Moses allowed for easy divorce, Jesus forbids his followers from easy divorce. Instead, their faithfulness to...

Sexual Purity

Sexual Purity

In this section of his sermon, Jesus shows how obeying the letter the law doesn't bring about God's Kingdom. Last week he showed how it's not enough to avoid murder (or violence). Believers must remove anger and unresolved conflict from their community. In verses...

Anger and Reconciliation

Anger and Reconciliation

In the next part of the sermon on the mount, Jesus teaches about anger and reconciliation. While the law condemns those who murder, Jesus says in a kingdom community such a low bar inadequate. The kingdom can only take root in communities where people practice...

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