Preaching Series

Imagine yourself on that hillside, overlooking Galilee. In company with a multitude you sit, listening intently to the Master. If you’re listening at all, it’s not light work. For as he preaches, Jesus intensifies the Law. Not only is his focus on outward actions, but he hones in on the interior recesses of our very souls.

Such an intense call to obedience feels somewhat daunting. Is mere rule-keeping the order of the day? Are we meant to be as law-focused as the Pharisees themselves?

Such questions, reveal the wrong starting place, listening from the wrong angle. Jesus said he came to set us free, to give us life in all fullness, with a yoke that is easy and a burden that is light. Rather than being a new burden, the Sermon on the Mount is a description of life lived in the freedom of God’s Kingdom. What Jesus maps out is nothing less than the good and beautiful life.

Oh, yes, we’ll need his Spirit to live it. Oh, yes, we’ll continually be dependent on the forgiveness of the cross. But Jesus’ preaching is intent on transforming us by renewing our minds – to see anger, bitterness, lust, unfaithfulness, vengeance, worry and hatred in all of their ugliness, while learning to embrace forgiveness, purity, reconciliation, faith and love in all their goodness and beauty.

Come listen to Jesus. Come step anew into the good and beautiful life.

* title borrowed from book by James Bryan Smith (IV Press)

                       Jan   7            Matthew 5:1-12                    The Beatitudes

                      Jan 14            Matthew 5:13-16                  Salt & Light

                      Jan 21            Matthew 5:17-20                  Abolishing the Law?

                      Jan 28            Matthew 5:21-26                  Broken Relationship

                      Feb   4            Matthew 5:27-30                  Clean Eyes

                       Feb 11                                  Missions Week                

                       Feb 18                                  Missions Week

                       Feb 25            Matthew 5:31-32             Divorce               

                       March  4        Matthew 5:33-37             Good As Your Word

                       March 11        Matthew 5:38-48            Bad Guys & Bullies

                       March 18       Matthew 6:1-8, 16-18      Don’t Show Off

                       March 25            Palm Sunday          The Cross

                       April   1                 Easter                       The Resurrection

                       April   8          Matthew 6:7-15                  Connecting with the Father

                       April 15          Matthew 6:19-24                Where’s Your Heart?

                       April 22          Matthew 6:25-34                Don’t Worry

                       April 29           David Hearn                       Life in the Spirit

                        May 6               Matthew 7:1-6                    Don’t Judge

                      May   13           Matthew 7:7-12                  Ask, Seek, Knock

                       May 20            Matthew 7:13-23                Entering the Kingdom

                       May 27            Matthew 7:24-29               Wise & Foolish Builders was preached on Sept 17 2017