Do you relate with Matthew's decision to set aside the work and agenda of Rome in order to point people to Jesus? Ultimately, the true hope for the world does not rest in policies or politicians (even good ones). It rests in authority of Jesus who supernaturally transforms sinners into citizens of an eternal Kingdom.
What is the foundation of your life? Does it change depending upon circumstances or is it firm? In Jesus' conclusion to the 'Sermon on the Mount,' he invites his disciples to build their life upon the rock. What does that mean? Listen along as First Mennonite Church of Morton concludes our study of Matthew 7.
Jesus presents us with two choices - life or destruction in Matthew 7. Yet many believe there are several paths to God. In this message, we deal with the false belief of 'universalism' and consider four truths which need to be proclaimed to those whom we love.
There are moments when disciples of Jesus don’t ‘self-correct’ and have no clue that we are heading into dangerous terrain. Each of us need spiritual friends who gently nudge us in the right direction.
When Jesus says, 'Judge not' what does he mean? Why does he consider this a 'pearl' which is holy but will get trampled upon? We consider the difference between discernment and condemnation as well as our own need for gentle accountability.
Daily stressors come to any disciple of Jesus who desire to work hard and care for others. But what should we do when those responsibilities become heavy burdens which cause anxiety? Jesus lays out for us several promises cling to each day. Follow along as First Mennonite Church of Morton continues to study the 'Sermon on the Mount.'
If we view possessions improperly then our soul becomes vulnerable to this dreadful disease. We are compromised with depravity, become ‘blind’ and may even be led to reject God. So what can we do to keep our spiritual vision clear?
What does it mean to store up treasures in heaven? And how can we avoid falling in love with the stuff of this world and be enticed by greed? Follow along as we continue our ongoing study in the 'Sermon on the Mount' and discuss 'Our Treasures.'
Many Christians are familiar with habits of giving and prayer, but fasting is a bit more foreign. Although Jesus did not give specific instructions regarding how and when to fast, He made it clear that His disciples would fast. Should you engage in this form of self-denial?
What is Biblical fasting? When should disciples of Jesus partake in this lesser-practiced spiritual discipline? Consider this message as 'Fasting 101' from First Mennonite Church of Morton's ongoing series in the 'Sermon on the Mount.'
What takes the oxygen out of our prayer life and what gives new life to praying? Jesus address these relevant concerns before and after He gave us the model prayer. Follow long as First Mennonite Church of Morton continues to study the 'Sermon the Mount.'
Financial giving should flow so naturally from a disciple of Jesus that it simply passes along to the recipient without drawing much attention at all. However, there is One who knows every dollar which passes through our hands.
How can we give of our money and possessions in a way which most glorifies God the Father? In order to answer that, Jesus describes some warnings for disciples to identity which often 'stains' the righteousness that He wants to display through pious actions - like tithing.
In the face of evil, disciples of Jesus are not called to do nothing. We are called to ‘resist evil,’ in a manner of speaking, with sacrificial love. This was not only affirmed throughout the New Testament, it was also the lifestyle of the Early Church.
How does Jesus expect His disciples to respond to an interpersonal enemy? Is love really required or is it ok to hate as well? What do we need in order to obey Jesus' difficult teaching on this topic? Join First Mennonite Church of Morton as we continue through the 'Sermon on the Mount.'
We live in a culture which easily welcomes the weakening of verbal integrity. Even though promise-breaking is normative and the handshake doesn’t really hold any weight, Jesus raises the bar for His disciples.
Why does the Good Shepherd leads us into the topic of divorce within the 'Sermon on the Mount' and what does He say about this difficult subject? In this message, we consider the Lord's teaching in Matthew 5, Mark 10 and 1 Corinthians 7.
What is in a look? Is there any problem with noticing beauty? Why does Jesus' use such vivid language regarding the battle with lust? Guest Pastor Phil Somers guides us further into the Sermon on the Mount as Jesus teaches about adultery within the human heart.
What is true greatness? How does God's definition differ from our typical understanding, especially when it comes to how we live out our faith? Join us at First Mennonite Church of Morton as we continue in our study of the 'Sermon on the Mount.'
We all, including Christians, are seeking to understand our purpose here on earth. Jesus gives it by comparing our lives to salt and light. What does that mean? How does it apply? Join us, as we study the 'Sermon on the Mount' together.
What is mercy? How do we receive it? And why does Jesus expect his disciples to show it to others, even to those who are hostile towards them? We dig into this important questions as we continue our study in the 'Sermon on the Mount.'
Too often, when we think of signs of repentance, we consider past events like saying the “sinner’s prayer”, going forward at a worship service, or being baptized. Now those wonderful actions certainly can accompany repentance. But Jesus addresses the current condition of the heart.
What kind of heart is Jesus looking for? What is evidence that true repentance has occurred and conversion has happened by God's grace? We consider these important questions as we begin studying The Beattitudes from Matthew 5.
What is the Kingdom of Heaven and what did Jesus mean as He was referring to it? We consider that question as an introduction into the 'Sermon on the Mount' from Matthew 5-7, our Scriptural series for the summer.
What does it mean to walk on 'paths of righteousness' and what does that look like for disciples of Jesus? Pastor Tom guides us in these questions as we also study the gifts given to Jesus from the magi.
What is the role of accountability within the Body of Christ? What ought we to do when we see hard, unrepentant sin in a brother or sister in Christ? What kind of posture should Christians have towards one another? Pastor Tom digs into these difficult, but important topics as our series continues.
What is evidence of a saved life? The moment of conversion may be a mystery, but the fruit which comes from a saved life is easily visible. In this message, we'll look at Jesus' interaction with a Gentile woman who had "great faith" and consider how our lives also display such dependency upon Jesus.
What does it mean to be a Christian and why is abiding in Jesus so important? These seem elementary, but we go back to the basics at the beginning of this series to better understand Jesus' example and call upon our lives.
How closely ought praise and worship be connected to our habits of prayer? We consider this question by first listening to Mennonites in Ukraine, Indonesia and Kenya and their habits of prayer. Then we return to highlight Jesus' emphasis on praise at the beginning of the Lord's Prayer.
Why does God lead us to spiritual high places? What should we do when we feel distant from Him? Or perhaps, how can we learn to experience the presence of God more consistently? Explore the highs and lows of faith through the eyes of Peter on Mt. Hermon and some tools to grow in listening to the Lord.
Whom shall I fear? This question is asked rhetorically in Psalm 27 but it's a question which is always very relevant! What should Christians fear or not fear? What is the appropriate way to navigate our anxiety-filled 'storms of life'? We'll answer these questions while considering what it would have been like to follow Jesus in the 1st century as his disciple.