Kingdom Living

Listening to Jesus

 

 

 

Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount to his disciples so that we might know him as Savior and King and live joyfully in his kingdom. As his disciples and citizens of his kingdom, we are given a new identity by faith in Christ. Jesus calls us to radical repentance and countercultural living, but we can only respond well by the grace found in our relationship with him.

Live God's Way (Part 3)

Matthew 7:24-29

Abraham Cremeens

April 23, 2023

At the conclusion of Jesus’ sermon, he offers one final point of decision. On what foundation will you build the house of your life? Will it be on Jesus and his words, or some other weak foundation of the world or self-worship? How you answer that question is crucial for this life and the judgment at the next. Build your life on Christ, and Christ alone.

Live God's Way (Part 2)

Matthew 7:15-23

Abraham Cremeens

April 16, 2023

At the very close of the sermon, Jesus offered a checkpoint. Few enter the narrow gate and those few must be vigilant against false religion that can distract them from the path. Jesus himself is the compass. Stay fixed on him as you steer away from false teaching and false living.

A Response is Required

Matthew 7:123-14

Chad Moore

April 2, 2023

Salvation is marked by living the narrow life of following Jesus in brokenness, repentance, and daily worship. Syncretism does not work; we do not get to make a religion of our choosing to make us happy, to meet our needs in the moment, or to meet our economic desires, and at the end of the day, also meet our eternal needs. A response is required.

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The Golden Rule

Matthew 7:12

Will Peycke

March 26, 2023

The Golden Rule is Jesus’s concluding statement, his big idea or key takeaway. It’s the “elevator version” of the Sermon on the Mount. The main point of the Sermon on the Mount is that doing to others what you would have them do to you fulfills the Law and the Prophets. When you treat others the way you want to be treated, your actions are an expression of God’s kingdom on earth. You are living out “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” 

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Live a Praying Life

Matthew 7:7-11

Abraham Cremeens

March 19, 2023

As Jesus approaches the end of this sermon, he gives one more resounding call to prayer. Your response to the Sermon on the Mount isn’t self-reliant. It requires prayerful dependence. Jesus invites you to come to the altar of surrender one more time as you prepare to respond to his teaching. He wants you to know that you follow a good God who is ready to offer your every need in kingdom living.

Right Judgment

Matthew 7:1-6

Gami Ortiz

March 12, 2023

Continuing the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus addresses the heart issues behind judging others. He applies this both to how we deal with brothers and sisters in the faith as well as those who are not believers. Jesus urges us to distinguish between judging wrongly and exercising good judgment.

Live in Trust

Matthew 6:25-34

Abraham Cremeens

March 5, 2023

Kingdom living requires a shift from self-sufficiency to God-reliance. That life of surrender can often lead to anxiety as you relinquish your sense of control. But Jesus is clear there is no need to worry. Your heavenly Father loves you and promises to take care of your needs. As you put off worry, you can live with kingdom purpose.

Live for God

Matthew 6:19-24

Paul Briggs

February 26, 2023

As citizens of the kingdom of God, remembering how we got to be who we are through the righteousness earned for us by our King is essential! Trying to do more and do better in an attempt to somehow gain God’s favor is disastrous! Our Father who sees in secret knows the condition of our hearts.  He doesn’t want us to try to impress others by our impressive actions.  Our Father who sees in secret wants us to simply and humbly depend and trust in His finished work and allow Him to use us in ways that honor and please Him.

The Diagnostic Condition of Our Heart

Matthew 6:16-18

Chad Moore

February 12, 2023

Fasting along with all acts of worship are appropriate only as an overflow of a heart that is already worshiping, not as a way to attempt to manipulate God or manufacture a response from God.

Live a Praying Life (Part 3)

Matthew 6:11-15

Abraham Cremeens

February 5, 2023

With God as the focus and foundation of prayer, Jesus taught us to seek his help for our needs. It is a call to God-reliant prayer as we engage daily needs, daily sins, and daily battles. God cannot be absent or an afterthought. We cannot live a self-sufficient life. Rather, we must seek and depend on his daily grace.

Live a Praying Life (Part 2)

Matthew 6:9-10

Abraham Cremeens

Janurary 29, 2023

The most important thing about you is to know, enjoy, and worship God. Therefore, in this first section of the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus pointed his disciples toward God-focused prayers – prayers fixed on the nature of God and his agenda. Everything else we pray flows from this priority. 

Kingdom Parenting

Matthew 6:9-13

Will Peycke

Janurary 22, 2023

Kingdom parents know they do not have the power to change their children. Therefore, we take our hopes for our children and our helplessness as parents to our Father in prayer. The most important work of a kingdom parent is prayer.

Live a Praying Life (Part 1)

Matthew 6:5-8

Abraham Cremeens

Janurary 15, 2023

Jesus now turns to the topic of prayer and guides us toward authenticity that enjoys God’s presence there. You need not show off as a spiritual giant. You need not manipulate God to get what you want. Your heavenly Father is very kind and gentle, knowing your needs better than you. He is ready to provide. Inside that hidden life of prayer, you can enjoy God and that is the reward.

Live in Humble Generosity

Matthew 6:1-4

Abraham Cremeens

Janurary 8, 2023

Jesus now turns to three topics of kingdom living in which he contrasts hypocrisy with authenticity. The authentic kingdom living he calls you to is born from your identity as a beloved child of your heavenly Father. Jesus knows you want to be seen and find your value from others. Therefore, he reminds you that you are already seen and valued by God. That is what drives your generosity, prayer, and fasting. Be generous not to be valued but because you are already valued by him.

My Times are in Your Hand

Psalm 34:14-15

Abraham Cremeens

January 1, 2023

With this new year comes the opportunity to grow in trust. David lived inside a distressing situation but chose to trust God with the minutes and moments of his life. We must do the same as we reflect on the past year and look toward the new.

Live in Love

Matthew 5:38-48

Abraham Cremeens

November 20, 2022

In these final two explanations, Jesus points us toward kingdom living inside personal interactions. He aims to change our defaults from a retaliatory heart toward love, generosity, and the joy of open-handedness. He steers us from a personal vendetta toward praying for our enemies. This is not something we do for the sake of kindness alone. We do it as children of our heavenly Father who pours his goodness on the undeserving.

Live in Honesty

Matthew 5:33-37

Chad Moore

November 13, 2022

Jesus has come to give us rest, Jesus has come that we may be loved and love perfectly, not in keeping with religion, but that we may know what true relationship is.

Live in Marriage Commitment

Matthew 5:31-32

Abraham Cremeens

November 6, 2022

In this third explanation of six, Jesus points us toward kingdom living inside marriage. A worldly view has always attempted to make marriage superficial and easily ended. But Jesus says that marriage is for life and must persevere through the worst. Christian spouses must always build on their marriage through the high points and the low points.

Live in Purity

Matthew 5:27-30

Gami Ortiz

October 16, 2022

Jesus continues to show how people can follow the letter of the law and still fall short. Though most would say they have not committed adultery, Jesus calls out lust as adultery in the heart. He calls his followers to radical action in having nothing to do with it. Kingdom living starts in the heart.

Live in Reconciliation

Matthew 5:21-26

Abraham Cremeens

October 9, 2022

We step now into the first of six “but I say to you…” statements. In each, Jesus calls us to put off the old way of the flesh and live in the new way of the Spirit as you pursue repentance. In these verses, Jesus called out anger as murder inside the heart. Rather than tear down with your words, thoughts, and actions, you must urgently pursue reconciliation with everyone.

Living in Joyful Obedience

Matthew 5:17-20

Abraham Cremeens

October 2, 2022

Jesus now offers a thesis statement before teaching on radical repentance. He cares about the heart and reminds his disciples of his role and their role. He came to fulfill the Scriptures and change human hearts. Out of that, we live in joyful obedience to him.

Salt & Light

Matthew 5:13-16

Chad Moore

September 25, 2022

True followers of Jesus do not just partake in an exercise of mental ascent but rather experience a complete heart transformation. The result is that God, the Father of Lights, is within us. We then shine, not by our own power, will, or might, but because He is in us.

Kingdom Living Part 4

Matthew 5:9-12

Paul Briggs

September 18, 2022

King Jesus is clear from the very beginning of his ministry:  the proclamation of the countercultural kingdom life will bring a blessed opposition to anyone who remains faithful to the business of the king.

Kingdom Living Part 3

Matthew 5:7-8

Abraham Cremeens

September 11, 2022

At this midpoint, Jesus offered two more ethics of grace. Mercy and purity in heart are key expressions of our new identity in Christ. They are how God advances his kingdom. In a world that encourages living for yourself as number one, Jesus instead calls you to fix the eyes of your heart on him and others.

Kingdom Living Part 2

Matthew 5:5-6

Will Peycke

September 4, 2022

The first two beatitudes prepare the way for the next two. Once we see ourselves accurately and mourn our poverty of spirit, it changes how we treat others. Spiritual poverty (toward God) creates a meek and gentle spirit toward others. In a similar way, recognizing our poverty of spirit and mourning our sin and the sin around us creates an intense hunger and thirst for the righteousness we don’t have but desperately need. 

Kingdom Living Part 1

Matthew 5:3-4

Abraham Cremeens

August 28, 2022

At the very start, before Jesus offered any command, he assured us of his grace in our lives. He pointed not to our ability but our inability. It is the spiritually unable who are given entrance into his kingdom. Therefore, our obedience and radical response to this sermon are not accomplished by us alone but in prayerful dependence on him.

Live from your New Identity

Matthew 5-7

Abraham Cremeens

August 21, 2022

These sacred words of Jesus are paramount to your life. How you read them matters as well. Jesus didn't offer a moralistic gospel as a checklist for Christinity by which to earn God's favor and blessing. He explained what life looks like as the new creation in Christ that you are. As we begin this study, prepare your heart to live out of that new identity he has given you.

Trusting God with our Identity

Matthew 3:13-4:11

Chad Moore

August 14, 2022

King Jesus displays His love for us through His obedience and submission to the Father, demonstrating to us that our identity is secure as children of God.

The Cost of Discipleship

Luke 9:57-62

Gami Ortiz

August 7, 2022

As we get ready to explore the Sermon on the Mount and what Jesus says about Kingdom Living, let's look at Jesus' interaction with three men who were potential disciples. How he answer them gives us good principles as a foundation for Kingdom Living.