The Sermon on the Mount

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The mercy of God towards sinners is unfathomable, and is based upon the propitiatory work of Christ. But it is only extended toward those whose hearts have been regenerated such that they are characterized by showing mercy.

The heart of the kingdom citizen longs for righteousness. Not as a requirement for entrance into the kingdom, but as a necessary evidence of the fact that they have been given a new heart by God.

What is meekness? And how is it that we can be meek?

Those in the kingdom have come to rightly perceive their spiritual brokenness (Blessed are the poor in spirit), and consequently find themselves responding to such a condition in true spiritual mourning.

Who is Jesus referring to when he speaks of the poor in spirit? How do we know if we are the blessed ones who have the kingdom of heaven?

The context of the parable of the Good Samaritan provides the framework that helps us know why Jesus told the parable. The context and the parable give understanding of God's righteous requirement for entry to His kingdom, and man's need for Christ.

Loving

Love for others is to be a hallmark trait of Christians, and we believe that our love for others begins with our love for God himself. This is why our commitment is to prioritize knowing God in his Word so that we might fear him, love him, obey him, and love those around us as we ought.

When Jesus was asked what was the greatest commandment, his said this:

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
(Matthew 22:37–40 ESV)
 

Proclaiming

The Apostle Paul specified the theme of his message in Colossians 1:28 - “Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.”

And it is our solemn hope that we would do everything possible to make Jesus Christ known in what we teach - to children, to our community and to our congregation from the pulpit. He is the Lord of all, and must be proclaimed with priority and power. His perfection and deity, and his work on the cross and his resurrection form the realities that we seek to make known - both in our teaching and in our living.

Whether in the pulpit via expository preaching, or in a children's class with a familiar story, we seek to faithfully herald the truth of God alone.

Serving

The ultimate act of service was done for us when Jesus died in our place on the cross. And we draw strength from his grace towards us that we might demonstrate grace in service to others. This reality is perhaps nowhere better described than in 1 John 4:11 - 

“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another."

May our knowledge of God and our desire to exalt Christ lead us to serve others through the power of the Spirit.

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