Acting Rather Than Being

  • April 9, 2018
  • BY Eric Morse
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There is an unmistakable difference between righteousness for the sake of self-praise and righteousness that causes others to praise God. In this passage, we continue our study of true righteousness; hypocrisy is Jesus’ concern, and He uses giving as an example. Jesus’ goal is to motivate us to be godly, even though our sinful nature … [Read More…] Acting Rather Than Being

Forgiving Like Jesus

  • March 19, 2018
  • BY Eric Morse
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Loving our enemies is antithetical to sinful human nature. Yet this passages encourages us to do just that: forgiving our enemies and praying for those who are at odds with us. This radical revelation once again shows us that the heart of the law is the heart of God. It’s not easy to put this … [Read More…] Forgiving Like Jesus

Turn Down The Outrage

  • March 12, 2018
  • BY Eric Morse
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Conflicts can escalate quickly, sometimes over things of little to no importance. How we react to injustice is critical to avoiding the consequences of excessive outrage. Old Testament law taught equal retaliation for injustice; the law was intended to limit the level of retaliation, to avoid conflict escalation. In this passage, Jesus teaches us not … [Read More…] Turn Down The Outrage

The Heart Test

  • February 26, 2018
  • BY Eric Morse
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We face an ongoing temptation to relax God’s laws when they seem too difficult to obey. In this passage, Jesus gives us two examples of how people can be guilty of this: adultery and divorce. Ultimately, we learn that the heart of the law reveals the heart of God, and our response to it reveals … [Read More…] The Heart Test

Relationships and Reconciliation

  • February 20, 2018
  • BY Eric Morse
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Only 10% of an iceberg is visible above the surface. We enter a time in our series, A Higher Standard, where Jesus presents six statements that are far deeper than they initially appear; we don’t want to miss the higher standards to which He is calling us. In this passage, we learn that people are … [Read More…] Relationships and Reconciliation

A Higher Standard

  • February 12, 2018
  • BY Eric Morse
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The Old Testament contains laws that point to God’s redemptive plan for the world. It wasn’t until the arrival of Jesus in the New Testament that we find the fulfillment of the law. Jesus fulfills the Old Testament, and now we live in light of the new life He gives. Ultimately, Jesus is a greater … [Read More…] A Higher Standard

Life, Light, and The Lord

  • December 24, 2017
  • BY Eric Morse
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As we prepare our hearts to celebrate the birth of the Light of the World, what does it mean for us to be lights in our world? Matthew 5:14-16

Salty Saints

  • December 12, 2017
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What does it mean to be a salty Christian? In this sermon, we learn how to improve our gospel witness using salt as a model. Salt has four qualities related to the Christian witness: salt preserves, salt creates thirst, salt heals, and salt needs to stay salty. We need to ask ourselves: will we permeate … [Read More…] Salty Saints

Blessed Are The Persecuted

  • December 5, 2017
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How can we find encouragement in modern day persecution? While severe persecution occurs around the world, its important to remember that some Christians face persecution because they are not representing Christ well. The key focus of this passage is on persecution due to righteousness. Scripture promises that we’ll find joy in persecution that arises from … [Read More…] Blessed Are The Persecuted