There are ways that Jesus confronts every culture, and Christians are forced to wrestle with Jesus’ call to follow him. In this talk, Jeremy walks us through a time when the religious leaders of Jesus’ time called him evil, and brings us into the modern days, to think about how we today can think through the ways that Jesus confronts our culture.
In this passage, we see Sabbath stories and servant songs. The Sabbath stories show us Jesus’ compassion for those in need, and the cold hearts of the Pharisees, in making love illegal on the Sabbath. In the servant songs, we hear about why Jesus has this beautiful heart: Because he’s the Spirit-filled, suffering servant, whose heart goes out to all the bruised reeds and flickering wicks of the world.
To many, it can seem like Jesus and Christianity are good enough for others, but there isn’t enough to make them want to change, or give up their lives. But Jesus doesn’t give us this option. In this talk, Jeremy helps us wrestle with Jesus’ words, and his challenge to overturn each of our lives.
As we farewell Marcus, Anna and Reuben in their commissioning service, Sam reminds us of Jesus’ deep love for those who need it most, and how essential this is for everyone to live with, from the ends of our toes to the ends of the earth.
Jesus teaches his disciples and us that we can’t expect to be treated any better than he was. Rob from BST takes us through this difficult part of God’s word, where we’re challenged with being treated like our Lord was.
We often bring to the table a variety of different ideas about Jesus: he should act a certain way, or help me at a certain time etc… And when our expectations aren’t met, Jesus becomes the target of our anger. In today’s sermon we’re going to look at these perceptions and see if Jesus has something that can help us see him through a different light.
“Authority” is one of those difficult words to deal with. In Australia, we’d rather you don’t make a big deal about your authority. Around the world, authority is often abused at the cost of the vulnerable. In today’s passage, Jesus makes a big deal about his authority. But unlike the world, Jesus exercises his authority on behalf of the vulnerable in order to raise them up.
This Sunday we are starting a new sermon series in Matthew’s gospel. If you remember, a few months ago we spent some time at the feet of Jesus as he delivered the most famous sermon ever – the Sermon on the Mount. Today we will walk down the mountain with Jesus and examine to what extent the words that Jesus spoke are true. We will be looking closely over the next few weeks at whether Jesus’ actions match up with his words and what that means for how we live out our lives