It seems our entire world is addicted to outrage. Our world seems awash in anger, division, and hostility. Anger has become the acceptable, perhaps even the expected sign of one’s commitment to any issue or cause. Anger is everywhere. Spouses are angry at each other. Employees are angry at bosses. Teens are angry at parents (and vice versa). Citizens are angry at their government. Protesters are angry with society. If you happen to spend some time in a major airport when bad weather has canceled flights, and you will observe anger in action. Road rage is real. Clearly, many of us have issues with anger.
In His Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), Jesus identified anger as the condition of the heart that leads to murder (Matthew 5:20-26). It is the seed of sin that leads to the most destructive of acts. Jesus warns us of anger’s toxicity to our own soul and it’s poison to all our relationships. Whether your anger is quiet or explosive, passive or aggressive, if it’s clouding your judgment and hurting your relationships, Jesus says, it needs to be addressed.
Who are some of the GREAT people that you know or have known? Who has had the greatest impact on your life, your career, your faith? Some of you, this morning, might say your Dad is great! Great is an adjective of comparison. It’s a relative term (oftn people debate who’s the GOAT – quarterback, basketball, president, etc..). Great means large in size (Grand Canyon or El Capitan in Yosemite). Great means significant in influence (impression or pressure). Great has the idea of importance (the loudest voice in the room).
Who does Jesus say is GREAT? How does one become “great” in heaven? Who gets His endorsement, His recommendation, His approval? In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus referred back to the revelation of God’s Word, the Old Testament, to identify greatness (Matthew 5:17–20)
How does one become “great” in heaven? Jesus taught His disciples that whoever “does and teaches” the commands of God’s Word will be called GREAT in the kingdom of heaven. Great disciples, great dads influence their families and change the world through godly character and conduct with faith in JESUS.
Salt & Light
Throughout His teaching on earth, Jesus contrasts the way of the world with the way of God’s Kingdom. His Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) describes the lifestyle of those who belong to the Kingdom of God. JESUS’ Sermon on the Mount is about believing in His kingdom, belonging to His kingdom, and living for His kingdom.
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty? It’s no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. “You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:13–16
Jesus said to these average ordinary people “you are the salt of the earth… you are the light of the world.” These twin sayings of Jesus are still crucial insights into what it means to represent the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth.
Beatitudes - Blessed are the Persecuted
Throughout the history of Christianity, persecution has been the experience of Christ followers. In His sermon on the mount, Jesus taught His disciples: Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs. “You are blessed when they insult you and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of me. Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:10–12
Everyone who believes in Jesus, lives like Him, and lives for Him will be persecuted in some way. Rather than fear persecution, Jesus teaches His followers to prepare for it, persevere through it, and praise God while enduring it as they live for the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth.
Beatitudes - Blessed are the Peacemakers
In a world overcome with and defined by conflict, God calls those who are in Christ to be peacemakers (Matthew 5:9). We know that God has made peace through Jesus by his sacrifice on the Cross (Col. 1:20), and that he has given to us the task of reconciliation, or making peace, within the world around us (2 Cor. 5:18). Let’s explore what it looks like for us to be peacemakers and reflect Christ to a world in need of restoration.
Beatitudes - Blessed are the Pure in Heart
The gift of physical sight is wonderful – the green of spring, the blue of a winter sky, or the smile of a friend. Yet there is a seeing that surpasses even this—and that is seeing God. This is what the sixth Beatitude is about—seeing God. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God” (Matthew 5:8).
Beatitudes - Blessed are the Merciful
Mercy is not just an emotion or a kind disposition. Mercy is compassion put into action. We cannot talk about mercy without immediately thinking of the cross of Jesus Christ. For it was here that God acted out of grace in mercy to fallen, sinful man.
Let’s go out and show mercy to others in our families, in the church, in our community. Let’s purposely become involved with those who are hurting. Willingly forgive those who have wronged us. “Blessed are the merciful, approved by God are those who show compassion in action, for they will be shown mercy.”
Beatitudes - Blessed are those who Hunger and Thirst
Nutritionists have emphasized the importance of healthy diet by telling us that “we are what we eat.” Physical health is a result of a healthy diet. In the realm of the spirit, “you are what you eat” is even more significant. In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (Matthew 5:6).
Beatitudes - Blessed are the Meek
In His Sermon on the Mount, JESUS taught His disciples about living for the Kingdom of Heaven while still living on earth, The beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-10) are the character qualities of those approved by God in His kingdom. Today we consider Jesus’ third character development, “Blessed are the meek” (Matthew 5:5), with Craig Williams.
Meekness is not weakness; it’s strength under control. It’s an attitude of humility that leads to action among humanity. Jesus exemplified this godly characteristic best as he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death— even to death on a cross (Philippians 2:5-10).
Sunday Service Times
Communion Worship Service in English (Auditorium)
K- Grade 5: Children enjoy worship service in the main auditorium with their families. Children will be dismissed to Children's Church midway through the service.
Servicio de Adoración en Español
11:00 am (Student Ministry Building)