Foundations

In this sermon series, we will find that the Sermon on the Mount from Matthew’s gospel is a call to wise living. This way of living is in light of God’s  promise to renew the world and set it to rights. By living in God’s kingdom here on earth, we can anticipate growth and flourishing in our own lives as we seek to follow him in obedience.

Sermons in this series

Unadulterated (Matt. 5:31-32)
June 19, 2022Pastor:Joey Woestman

Sermon Notes

As if Jesus’s teaching on sex and lust wasn’t difficult enough, his position on divorce isn’t any easier! How do we understand what Jesus says here with what he also says in chapter 19? What’s the heart behind these words? Join us for “Unadulterated” from Matthew 5:31-32 as we tackle yet another of Jesus’s profoundly counter-cultural lessons!

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You Are Not Your Own (1 Cor. 6:12-7:5)
June 12, 2022Pastor:Joey Woestman

Sermon Notes

As the gospel spread throughout the Roman world, the earliest Christians had to think through how Jesus’s teaching—including about sex and sexuality—applied in an “anything goes” world. Join us for “You Are Not Your Own” from 1st Corinthians 6:12-7:5, as we see how the Apostle Paul applies Jesus’s words in a pagan world.

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Don't Look Now! (Matt. 5:27-30)
June 5, 2022Pastor:Joey Woestman

Sermon Notes

Now that we’ve understood the foundation of Jesus’s teaching about marriage, sex, and sexuality, we can turn to the text of Matthew 5:27-30 to see what Jesus has to say about the heart issue behind adultery–it’s about lust. It’s not enough to just resist the behavior. Jesus wants our hearts, too. Join us for “Don’t Look Now!” as we explore the source, the symptoms, and the solution to lust.

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The Old Way (Matt. 5:27-30)
May 29, 2022Pastor:Joey Woestman

Sermon Notes

Just a few paragraphs into the Sermon on the Mount, and already Jesus is getting offensive. Anger is one thing, but now he dares to talk about lust? And divorce? Doesn’t Jesus know that these are private issues? Yes, he does—which is why he talks about them, and why we’ll spend a few extra weeks in these verses. We examine the assumptions about sex and sexuality that Jesus’s listeners bring to the conversation, and contrast them with our assumptions today. We examine “The Old Way” from Matthew 5:27-30 to get our bearings from the Bible’s teaching on this topic!

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Rage, Resentment and Reconciliation (Matt. 5:21-26)
May 22, 2022Pastor:Jeff Schultz

Sermon Notes

Jesus’ kingdom is marked by peace in our hearts and living at peace with others. So anger, resentment, and scorn are heart postures that must be acknowledged and dealt with. Join us for “Rage, Resentment, and Reconciliation” from Matthew 5:21-26.

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Greater Righteousness (Matt. 5:17-20)
May 15, 2022Pastor:Jeff Schultz

Sermon Notes

“I have not come to abolish, but to fulfill!” With these words, Jesus places himself at the pinnacle of revelation, the consummation of expectations and the conclusion of the whole Old Testament story. He’s not here to do a radical new thing, to throw away everything that came before. No, he’s here to finish what God started a long, long time ago. But finishing God’s work means new, intensified requirements for his people. Join us for Jesus’s call to “Greater Righteousness” in Matthew 5:17-20!

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The Witness of Kingdom People (Matt. 5:13-16)
May 8, 2022Pastor:Jeff Schultz

Sermon Notes

Jesus has pictured a people whose values stand out from the normal way of life in this world. What happens when Jesus’ followers live out Kingdom values in their ordinary lives? And what does that look like? Join us for “The Witness of Kingdom People” from Matthew 5:13-16.

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The Happy State (Matt. 5:2-12)
May 1, 2022Pastor:Joey Woestman

Sermon Notes

In an intentional echo of Psalm 1, the Sermon on the Mount begins by describing true human flourishing in relationship with God. We’re familiar with the picture: meekness, mercy, purity, peacemaking. But are these “beatitudes” promises of blessing from God for good behavior? Or descriptions of the happy state of those who live wisely? Join us as we explore Matthew 5:2-12!

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Setting the Foundation (Matt. 5:1-2)
April 24, 2022Pastor:Joey Woestman

Sermon Notes

For the first few centuries after the first Easter, the Church used Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount as its manual for discipleship. What does a follower of Jesus look like? How are they to live? What should they value? Why? These questions and more are answered in the Sermon on the Mount. For the next six months, we will walk through this famous sermon, building our own Kingdom Life. Join us as we set the foundation for our study—and for our life in the kingdom!

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