I think most of us, when we hear the word meekness we think of weakness. Aside from rhyming, we tend to misapply that word in general conversation. We are still working through the Beatitudes in Matthew chapter 5, the lead in to the sermon on the mount. Today Nancy unpacks the actual meaning of meek, revealing the nature of a wild horse tamed.
We've all experienced sorrow in our life. There's certainly enough tragedy in life to go around for everyone. But what are we sad about? Today's lesson is not about how to get saved and what you have to do to get there. It's a matter of, if you're saved, where's your heart in relation to sin. Specifically, your sin.
Every tree needs a good tap root. We're in a series on the Beatitudes in chapter 5 of Matthew, the Sermon on the Mount. The Beatitudes are the foundation of all the principles that Jesus taught that day. And the first three of the Beatitudes are the very source from which the rest are dependent. Today we begin with the Poor in Spirit.
There's an old saying:
"We imbibe the opinions,
we copy the habits,
we imitate the manors,
we follow the customs,
of those with whom we have daily conversation.
Our guest speaker Ken Muck hits the heart of the matter, examining who we really are.
We usually think of worship as being what we do on Sundays. Not so. Today Ken continues in Romans chapter 12 and looks at what real worship is and what it looks like.
We've been on the subject of the walls of Jericho, entitled "Tearing Down The Walls". When the last item of Solomon's Temple was complete, the glory of God filled the temple. That is what is happening and is going to happen to us. Once we, as the people of God, are finally complete, we will be fully occupied by God Himself, being filled completely with His glory. Amazing. But there's a but. Before that occurs, the last brick of our old self must be torn down. Today we discuss the last brick, hostility toward any of our brothers or sisters in Jesus, or anyone else for that matter.
Although none of us ever want to be in that place in life, some of us have sometimes been there. Never give in. Never give up. The blind man that called out to Jesus as He passed by, pressed by the crowd; that's who we want to be when in those difficult times.
All of us have a tendency to protect ourselves from being too self-disclosing. We build artificial walls and those walls are oftentimes the very thing that keep us from building healthy, strong relationships. Today we'll take a closer look.
Our salvation began in faith, but be careful in complacency. Growing in our faith takes work.
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