Today, we begin to understand exactly how we do kingdom work by "doing" the Beatitudes. As well known as they are, the Beatitudes are frequently misunderstood as commands, rather than as promises from Christ. We do kingdom work when we live into the Beatitudes--when we understand them through simplicity, hopefulness, and compassion. Once we realize that, we won't be able to do anything but continue to preach the Good News of Jesus Christ. The Beatitudes, when viewed as promises, become a guiding principle in our pursuit of righteousness and love for all our neighbors. So today, as we begin the Sermon on the Mount, let's live into the spirit of these powerful words of Jesus everyday of our lives.
Rev. CHRIS HOUTZ
Welcome to the pastor’s blog! This page will have sermons uploaded so you can listen to them whenever you want, and I will add a brief reflection on the text, the sermon, or a little bit of both. My hope is that you will be able to see that the Bible can still speak to our world today, and that we can always find a note of God’s grace in any passage, whether it is one of the most well-known and beloved passages, or one of the most difficult readings to grasp.
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We are a friendly, multi-cultural congregation that welcomes all to worship with us as we glorify our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ; sing praises to God, the Father; and let the Holy Spirit guide our footsteps. As faithful witnesses to our Christian beliefs, we dedicate ourselves to worship, stewardship and discipleship. We will always endeavor to nurture the youth in our congregation to grow in their commitment to God and the Church and to become active participants in the life and work of the Church.
We commit ourselves to evangelism and mission to spread the good news of Jesus Christ to all people in a variety of ways in our community and beyond.
We will continue to be open to God’s presence, leading us into new pathways of ministry and service for the betterment of the community and to the glory of Jesus Christ our Savior. -
-ratified by congregational vote, January 27, 2008