Regardless of generation or cultural and political affiliation, everyone feels that our culture isn’t stable. Our world feels polarized, confusing, insecure … in a word, chaotic.
Jesus’ ministry took place in a region and a culture of similar chaos: economically insecure, politically charged, culturally fragmented. But in the “founding” sermon of his ministry - the message that summarized his new Kingdom - Jesus offered a better way.
The Sermon on the Mount (found in Matthew 5-7) is, among other things, a template for the life and society we were made for. Jesus calls us away from the anxious pursuits of our world - power, pleasure, wealth - into a life of integrity and love, founded on the eternal words of God. Instead of striving after a Utopia or giving up in despair, he calls us to resilient hope in the kingdom to come.
Series resources below.
- The Message of the Sermon on the Mount by John Stott
- The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering our Hidden Life in God by Dallas Willard
- Strange Days: Life in the Spirit in a Time of Upheaval by Mark Sayers
- Crucifying Morality: The Gospel of the Beatitudes by R W Glenn
- [historic] Of the Imitation of Christ by Thomas of Kempis