The Kingdom (Page 2)
Jesus has been challenging what people thought about the Kingdom of God, saying things like, “The first shall be last and the last first.” Now He tells a parable to ram home this point. Pastor Joe unpacks this story and challenges the way we view the world.
It is the plight of many religious person to gain eternal life, to be on the good side of their deity when they die. In this passage, a rich young man asks Jesus what he needs to do to gain this prize. Jesus’ answer leaves the man sorrowful and challenged all who heard it. Pastor Ben helps us to see the beauty of finding eternal life in Jesus.
There are few more emotionally sensitive areas of our lives than marriage, sexuality and relationships. Perhaps this is why the Pharisees chose to use a question about divorce to trap Him. Pastor Joe unpacks Jesus’ answer and helps us wrestle with how to reckon with God’s vision of marriage.
We all know the pain of being wronged by someone else… and we all know the guilt and shame of hurting others. Life in community when we are broken people living in a broken world is difficult. But Jesus shows us a better way of handling this brokenness. Pastor Ben unpacks Jesus’ teaching on forgiveness.
Jesus has set His face towards Jerusalem, back towards the rejection and opposition of the religious elite. As He does this, His teaching to His disciples becomes more pointed. This week, Pastor Joe unpacks how Jesus’ disciples instructed His disciples to think about their engagement with the world.
The life of the disciples had become increasingly chaotic as they continued to follow Jesus. But this week, Jesus takes a small band of them up a mountain to show them something that will cut through the chaos they faced. And it is a truth we desperately need to hear today!
By this time, there was a huge variety of ideas about Jesus that different people held. But in this passage Peter declares a vision of Jesus that does not spring from the ideas of the world, but from God Himself. Pastor Joe unpacks this truth and the radical call that it places on our lives.
Jesus was so hated by the powerful religious elite that even opposing factions came together and worked to bring Him down. In today’s passage, Pharisees and Sadducesss unite to accuse Jesus. Pastoral Intern Karl Scott unpacks this encounter to show us how the blind hardheartedness of these leaders can impact our lives as well.
As Jesus continues to minister in Gentile territory, we find Him repeating one of His most pivotal miracles, feeding the multitude. But it is the reason He performs this, and many other miracles, that Pastor Joe will challenge us with.
Having been rejected by the Jerusalem elite, Jesus moves out into Gentile territory. Here He meets a Canaanite woman, and from His interaction with her, we see how the gospel of Jesus Christ will keep moving despite the rejection of powerful people.