Current Theme: Bearing the Fruit of Discipleship (Sermon on the Mount Mash-up)


April 14: Waiting on the Stones

Luke 19:28-40

"Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, order Your disciples to stop.” He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out." v. 39-40 

This Lent

Bearing the Fruit of Discipleship
A Mash-up of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount 

April 7: Pistis
Trusting God While Longing

Matthew 7:7-11

"If you then, who are evil [Gk. ponéros], know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask!" v.11

March 31: Eiréné and Chara
Delighting in Wholeness Amidst Incompleteness
Matthew 5:13-16

“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot." v. 13

March 24: Makrothumia and Egkrateia

The Struggle Is Real
Matthew 7:13-14

"For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it." v.14

March 17: Agathosune and Chréstotés
Moral Excellence without Judgment

Matthew 5:17-20

"For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." v.20

March 10: Agapé and Prautés

Aligning Ourselves with God
Matthew 5:43-48

"Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect." v. 48 

This Lent, we are examining the Sermon on the Mount, the great and diverse collection of teachings found in Matthew 5-7. In an experimental process, the congregation will vote each week on the Scripture passages to be examined for the following week, grouped loosely into the nine "fruits of the Spirit" delineated by Paul in Galatians 5.

This will allow us to spend time on the selections from Jesus' sermon that most engage (or confound) our congregation. Join us to share your thoughts and add to the conversation. 


Last Month

Called to Transformation

February 24: Becoming Agents of Transformation
Luke 6:27-38

"But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for God is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” –Luke 6:35-36

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February 17: Catching People by Getting Caught
Luke 5:1-11

But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!”... Then Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.” -Luke 5:8, 10b

February 10: Worship Cancelled Due to Snow

February 3: Pushing Jesus Off A Cliff
Luke 4:21-30

"There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.”  When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage. –Luke 4:27-28

In February, we looked at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry in Luke as a series of transformational moments that led His followers to radically re-interpret who they are, how God works, and their place in the coming Kingdom.

As Jesus’ disciples here in Seattle, we are called to move through transformation too. Sometimes we are going to feel freed by the renewal of our minds, and sometimes we’d rather push Jesus off a cliff.

Sometimes we want to cling to our old ways of seeing God and ourselves, those simpler understandings where we knew what was right and how to “be good” and “be enough”. We are called, however, to trust that God is revealing more of God’s self to us so that we might better understand how to love like God loves.