From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." If we're going to practice the way of Jesus, we must recognize that the way of our city and the way of Jesus are not the same. In a culture where the mantra is, "Do whatever feels good", Jesus invites his followers through the narrow gate and on the hard way because it alone leads to life.
From the series, "Fasting" as part of Practicing the Way. Fasting isn’t just about us; it’s about standing in solidarity with the poor, who regularly go without food. Fasting trains our hearts in compassion, and opens up money and time to serve those in need. Regular fasting tied to generosity is a small, but surprisingly effective way to see justice come to our city.
From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." Jesus teaches that whatever we set our hearts on we give power to. That thing will have influence in our lives, and even become our master. But in his great love for us, God invites us to set our hearts rightly, where we will be truly satisfied.
From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." In a world of excess, luxury, and the showcasing of possessions, Jesus commands that his disciples choose a lifestyle of simplicity. How do those of us who are rich by a global standard emulate a teacher who was poor? In The Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches what it means to reject our deeply held notions of treasure so that we may embody a better way.
From the series “Discovering Your Identity & Calling” as part of Practicing The Way. We close out our series with a few thoughts on dreams. God’s people have always been dreamers. And dreams are often God’s catalyst to propel us into his vision for our identity and calling. But when those dreams finally come to pass, they are usually different, harder, and longer… but also better.