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“CONNECTING WITH GOD AND OTHERS” SERMON SERIES

(SERMON ON THE MOUNT)

The quality of our lives; our health, growth, happiness, even life itself; hinges on our relationships both with God and each other. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus laid out principles for a relationship with God and others that differed radically from anything people had ever heard.

JUNE 2nd – “Backwards Thinking” – Matthew 5:3,6,8,10-12 – We can live a life of happiness & contentment if we begin to live by the standards Jesus gave us instead of the world’s standards. Be aware, however, that His standards are radically different that the world’s standards.

JUNE 9th – “Lasik Surgery” – Matthew 5:4,5,7,9 – Jesus wants to correct the way we see others. We can improve our relationships with everyone by seeing people the way Jesus sees them, by having the same perceptions of other people that Jesus has.

JUNE 16th – “The Spice of Life” – Matthew 5:13-16 – Our world is in a downward spiral. It is corrupt and dark. Every believer and every church can positively affect the world around them by employing Jesus’ methods of influence.

JUNE 23rd – “Healing Our Relationships” – Matthew 5:21-26 – Everyone of us can have our broken relationships healed and restored by following the paths to healing given to us by Jesus in this passage.

JUNE 30th – “Looking, Lusting, or Loving” – Matthew 5:27-32 – Many of us, especially the men, are involved in a war with the dark side of our imagination and our lustful thoughts. Jesus says that lust is equal to adultery. We can be victorious in this battle by using the tactics that Jesus gives us here to win the war.

JULY 7th - “Truth Telling” – Matthew 5:33-37 – God wants us to become habitual truth tellers 24/7 in all of our relationships. Jesus presents His arguments in this passage to try and convince us of this.

JULY 14th – “I’m Supposed to Love Who? (The end of resentment and retaliation) – Matthew 5:38-48 - Since Christian love is an act of the will, and not simply an emotion, He has the right to command us to love our enemies. After all, He loved us when we were His enemies (Rom. 5:10). We may show this love by blessing those who curse us, doing good to them, and praying for them.

JULY 21st – “Audience of One” - Matthew 6:1-18 – Jesus wants to save us from a lifetime of disillusionment and dissatisfaction that comes with trying to please other people. He wants us to live our lives to an audience of One. We should seek to please God and no one else.

JULY 28th – (Pastor Brad on vacation) – Mike Todd, local CEF director, will be sharing in Sunday School and the worship service.

AUGUST 4th – “The Truth About Treasures” – Matthew 6:19-24; 1 Timothy 6:17-19 – We can learn the truth about how to properly deal with money and possessions by allowing Jesus to be our eternal investment counselor and follow His investment advice.

AUGUST 11th – “Take the Plunge!” – Matthew 6:25-34 – You can gain victory over worry and anxiety in your life by knowing and applying the 3 words that point the way to victory: Father, Faith, and First.

AUGUST 18th – “Judge Not” – Matthew 7:1-6 – Everyone of us can connect with others and improve our relationships by learning the fundamentals of proper judging. We need to learn to evaluate others in a godly way.

AUGUST 25th – “The Door is Wide Open!” – Matthew 7:7-12 – God is a heavenly Father who is very approachable, very giving, and who is wise and good. And since He is giving and good, we should be also.

SEPTEMBER 1st – “Life at the Crossroads” – Matthew 7:13-29 – The two gates illustrate the start of the life of faith; the two trees illustrate the growth and results of the life of faith here and now; and the two houses illustrate the end of this life of faith, when God shall call everything to judgment. There are false prophets at the gate that leads to the broad way, making it easy for people to enter. But at the end of the way, there is destruction. The final test is not what we think of ourselves, or what others may think. The final test is: What will God say? We can prepare for this judgment by being obedient to God’s will. Obedience is the only sure foundation for this life and the next.

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