The Gospel Has…

Once we begin to understand what the gospel is offering, what part do we play in God’s master plan to solve the world’s problems? In the final part of this series we explore how the gospel has sweeping implications for how it is shared, how it changes us, and the end it brings…

The Gospel Is…

What do Christians mean when they talk about “the gospel?” There are many aspects of the gospel that we will explore in this series, but broadly speaking the gospel is about God’s master plan to fix all the world’s problems. Every Easter Christians celebrate the good news of Jesus’ resurrection as proof that God’s plan is working. Jesus’ righteous life, undeserved death, and triumphant resurrection is a newsworthy event and the a central accomplishment in God’s master plan…

WIMTBAC – Bearing Good Fruit

There are all kinds of things that hinder growth, I’m talking about natural growth in fruits or vegetables. It may be weather (a late snow storm), deer, pests, bugs, or any number of things. Its amazing that any thing ever grows with the amount of barriers that stand in the way of producing good fruit. The truth is that to produce spiritual fruit, there are just as many things that stand in our way. We have bad influences, busy lifestyles, and selfish tendencies, just to list a few. In today’s lesson, I want to finish our time in the sermon on the Mount by talking about bearing good fruit…

WIMTBAC – Judgment and Forgiveness

Have any of you ever been accused of something that you didn’t do? I am sure most of us have. The frustration and anger starts to build. You start to perspire. You expect that someone will listen to your side of the story, that somehow this can be made right. It is a very troubling feeling; indeed, for some of us we revert to the very wrong that we were accused of when falsely accused. Jesus says, do not judge. What does he mean by that, tune in to find out…

WIMTBAC – Worry

What if we lived our life by considering first the kingdom of God, as it says in our text Mt. 6:33 – But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness… Instead of considering first our own problems, situations, or worries. The truth is that God is bigger than our problems. Too often we tell God how big our problems are instead of telling our problems how big our God is. As we continue through the sermon on the Mount, we realize that “What it means to be a Christian” is to not worry…