I Peter 3:13-18. Peter knew a thing or two about suffering. So when he writes about the fact that sometimes people suffer for doing right, we pay attention. Peter’s letter challenges us not to deceive ourselves into believing that we we have power to control things — or that having that kind of power is even the goal. Instead, we are challenged to think about the power that comes from surrender.
Matthew 7:13-29. Matthew tells us that when Jesus was finished speaking about the kingdom of God, the “crowds were amazed.” But that isn’t really the reaction he was looking for.
Matthew 7:1-12. It can sometimes be hard to figure out what Jesus is trying to say when we try to digest parts of his messages by themselves. But when we read them together, as ingredients of a larger recipe, then we can better take it in. Here, we look at three ingredients that Jesus puts together as a recipe for building community in the kingdom.
Matthew 6:19-34. Living in the kingdom of God isn’t merely about avoiding greed for things that the culture around us has to offer. For sure it’s about being greedy – but for different things.
Matthew 5:17-20. When Jesus talked about heaven, he wasn’t just trying to explain what happens when we die. Jesus was revealing to us something about the kingdom of God as it is right now, how we can find it, and what we will – and won’t – find when we get there.