Sunday recap 1-31-11

Yesterday was a great day @ The Ridge!  We saw several new faces and a bunch of second & third time guests. Seeing new people coming to The Ridge never gets old! Ridgers, keep inviting! God is moving!

We continued our series Take A Hike as we are walking through the Sermon On The Mount. We also shared communion together as a church family. Love these special times. Wvery meaningful and worshipful. Yesterday we looked at Matthew 5:21-26.

This begins a series of “You’ve heard it said…but I say…” statements that Jesus makes. He had just said “Your righteousness must exceed that of the Pharisees” These next statements are examples of how they are to do that. These are what I like to call “new perspective statements” It is out of this part of the Sermon On The Mount that our mission statement flows. We believe that Jesus was all about changing people’s perspective…giving a new light and view of Himself and God’s Word, His purposes, and His ways.

 The SOTM is a perspective changer all the way around. Jesus is letting us know that being His disciple is not keeping a set of rules , simply avoiding what is sinful and evil. Instead He changes the perspective His listeners have had and the misunderstandings and misinterpretations they have been taught, showing them and us that following Him is rather a hungering and thirsting after righteousness. A matter of the heart.

 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. – Matthew 15:19

When we are talking about this particular statement that Jesus makes here, its easy to say, “Yeah I know, if I say something in anger it’s just as if I murdered someone.” But we really don’t believe that, do we? We really don’t think that matters anyway…right? As for the rest, we don’t even know what “Raca” means…so we don’t say it…so therefore this doesn’t apply to us right? I don’t usually make a habit of calling people fools either…and if I go to court, well it will be necessary and I’ll think about that when the time comes, so I think I got this one.”

 Three things that we said about why what Jesus says here matters to us:

  • Jesus wants to show us the value of a man. (v. 21)
  • When we have anger in our hearts, we are desiring to destroy a man made in God’s image. (v. 22)
  • When we are calling a person a fool, we are showing contempt or disgust for the fact that God has given him life. (v. 22)

Once we know the truth, we have to apply it…

What is your attitude toward your fellow man…toward your fellow family members in the church? As you interact with people at work, school, out in the community, at a store or restaurant, within your own home…how do you view them? With love, honor and respect as having been created in the image of God? …even though that image may be distorted by sin…

Ironically, I heard this story today on the news about a church that broke into a brawl yesterday near Charlotte. There’s video here.  How can we love the world and share the gospel when we don’t even love one another?

How would the world look if just those of us in the church…who claim to be brothers and sisters in Christ…could truly love one another? Would that one thing be attractive to the world? I think it would.

So how’s your heart?


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