The Kingdom (Page 4)
We have seen that following Jesus comes with a cost. This week Pastor Ben helps us to see the intimate details of that cost as he looks at the way Jesus calls His disciples to following Him onto the mission field.
With Jesus performing spectacular miracles and crowds gathering around Him, we could be tempted to think that scores of people would want to become His disciple… but Jesus takes moments, in the midst of all these miracles, to challenge people of the cost of following Him. Pastor Joe unpacks Jesus’ bold call to follow Him and why the cost is more than worth it.
When someone is placed in authority over us, we can feel uneasy about it. Our experience with authority tends to make us wary of potential abuses of that authority. So when we talk of following a God who has all authority, perhaps this can cause us to pull back from Jesus. Pastor Joe helps us to see the beauty of Jesus’ authority and be drawn to come under it.
We all love things to be authentic and genuine, not fake. Well what about our faith in Jesus? How can we know if our claim to follow Jesus is authentic or fake? Pastor Ben helps us see what real faith looks like from Jesus’ teaching about the difference between true and false discipleship.
Christians are often criticised for being judgemental. But what does Jesus actually say about judging others. Pastoral Intern Karl Scott works through Jesus’ teaching on how we are to view others in the light of the Kingdom.
A common critique that is levelled against Christianity is that Christians are hypocrites. It is said that Christians say one thing and then go ahead and avoid doing the very thing they said they would do. The expectation is that Christians should practice what they preach. Interestingly, Jesus disliked hypocrites in much the same way that we do today. In fact, Jesus rebuked the religious people of his day for living a life of show and pretense. Their so-called religion…
How do you measure Godliness? Some people in Jesus’ day thought that Godliness was found in perfect obedience to God’s law. But the answer that Jesus gives to this question is striking. As we continue our journey through the second half of Matthew 5 we will see Jesus make some remarkable statements about how we measure Godliness. According to Jesus the true measure of Godliness is found in our excessive love for God, our neighbour and even an excessive love…
This week we begin looking at Jesus’ sermon on the mount in Matthew 5. This sermon is a picture of how the citizens of God’s Kingdom are to live their lives. But in many ways, it is a picture that is strange for us to understand because the citizens of Jesus’ Kingdom are not those who are strong and independent but those who are humble and dependent on God. These citizens live lives that are unique and strangely inviting. These…
Good news is the announcement that something wonderful has happened! Good news breaks into our lives bringing hope to out future. And this is why Matthew describes Jesus’ ministry as the declaration of good news because Jesus came to give lasting hope to lost people. Jesus is the light of God’s Kingdom that shines into the darkness.