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Living the Kingdom Life: The Sermon on the Mount (Epiphany 2020)

The word “epiphany” comes from a Greek word which means “to appear” or “to make manifest.” As the early church developed a yearly rhythm of celebrating and remembering the story of salvation, the time after Christmas was chosen to focus on the teaching and healing ministry of Christ, on what happens when God “appears” in the story. The season of Epiphany, which stretches from Christmas to Lent, offers us an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of the Incarnation, the momentous reality that the eternal God has become a human being in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. As Christians, we confess that God has come to us in the person of Jesus, and that as we come to know Jesus, we come to know God. In the person of Jesus, God appears before us. In the person of Jesus, God is made manifest. Because Jesus came to the earth, we can know God in a personal and intimate way—not only as our creator and Lord, but also as our redeemer, our champion, and our friend.

This year, to explore the themes of Epiphany, we will be walking through Jesus’ teaching on discipleship in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7. The Gospel of Matthew presents Jesus as the new Moses, giving God’s people the law and making God’s will known. In many ways the Sermon on the Mount parallels Exodus 20ff, where God gives the law to Moses on Mount Sinai. In his first teaching in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus lays out the radical principles of the Kingdom of Heaven in contrast to the values of the Empire, reframes the law, reinterprets spirituality, and roots everything in the Truth.

September 15, 2019

Practice Hospitality

Pastor: Carel Geleynse Topic: Hospitality Passage: Romans 12:1–12:2, Romans 12:9–12:12

September 8, 2019

God Knows

Pastor: John Medendorp Passage: Psalm 139:1–139:24

September 8, 2019

Sacramental Identity

Pastor: Darren Roorda Topic: Providence, Baptism, Lord's Supper Passage: 1 Corinthians 10:1–10:7

September 1, 2019

Blessed to Be a Blessing

Pastor: Amanda Bakale Topic: Blessing Passage: Luke 14:1–14:14

August 18, 2019

Greetings in Christ

Pastor: John Medendorp Series: In Christ: Paul's Letter to the Colossians Topic: Relationship Passage: Colossians 4:7–4:18

August 11, 2019

Vine Living

Pastor: Amanda Bakale Topic: Love Passage: John 15:1–15:17

August 11, 2019

Prayerful Conversations

Pastor: Amanda Bakale Series: In Christ: Paul's Letter to the Colossians Topic: Evangelism Passage: Colossians 4:2–4:6

August 4, 2019

Living in Christ

Pastor: John Medendorp Series: In Christ: Paul's Letter to the Colossians Topic: Sacrifice, Service Passage: Colossians 3:18–4:1

July 28, 2019

Wholehearted Praise

Pastor: John Medendorp Topic: Judgement, Praise Passage: Psalm 138:1–138:8

July 28, 2019

Dying and Rising in Christ

Pastor: Carel Geleynse Series: In Christ: Paul's Letter to the Colossians Topic: Discipleship, Identity Passage: Colossians 3:1–3:17

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