We're continuing our look at the Sermon on the Mount, and how we can live into Jesus' teachings to help bring the kingdom of heaven closer to earth. In this passage, Jesus reminds us that we are to be the salt of the earth. We all know how much flavor salt can bring out in foods, and our role as disciples for the church is to bring out that goodness around the world. Christ is telling us we can't be satisfied with the status quo, that we should shake things up by realizing the value of those people who have been viewed as worthless for too long. Christ also tells us to be the light of the world. Even though we are comfortable proclaiming our faith in the church, too frequently we hide the light of God in the world. Jesus reminds us that we must go into the dark places and hold he light of God's love high about our heads, so the glory of God can illuminate even the darkest corners. Finally, Jesus commands us to have an exceeding amount of righteousness by understanding the will of God that stands behind the commandments, which Jesus is here to fulfill!
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
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