Highlands: Matthew 12:15–37—The Spirit of the Kingdom

We are in Part IV of our ongoing series in the book of Matthew. In the Gospel according to Matthew, Jesus is inviting us into a whole new way of life with a new set of values and a new type of community. Really, it’s a whole new Kingdom that is being established right here and right now in the middle of this world. And compared to some of the prevailing values of our culture, it’s a bit of an “upside down Kingdom.” It’s a Kingdom where the outcasts are welcomed, the humble are honored, enemies are loved, the poor are esteemed, strangers are befriended, and the guilty are forgiven. It’s a Kingdom where the King is enthroned on a cross, His victory comes through His death, and His death gives life to the world.

 

Downtown: On Mission Together

Each fall we take time to recenter around our mission as a church: to make disciples of Jesus for the glory of God and the joy of all people. This year, over the course of three Sundays, we’re going to focus on what it means to follow Jesus together. After 18 months of being scattered and separated in varying degrees, we want to remind ourselves that we weren’t at all meant to follow Jesus in isolation, but together with His people.

 

Highlands: On Mission Together

Each fall we take time to recenter around our mission as a church: to make disciples of Jesus for the glory of God and the joy of all people. This year, over the course of three Sundays, we’re going to focus on what it means to follow Jesus together. After 18 months of being scattered and separated in varying degrees, we want to remind ourselves that we weren’t at all meant to follow Jesus in isolation, but together with His people.

 

Matthew 10:1–4: The Sent Ones

For all of their notoriety, most people are very unfamiliar with who Jesus’ disciples actually were. Here, Matthew formally lists the twelve apostles by name in a way that highlights a few different aspects of the type community Jesus had come to build.

 

Matthew 10:1–4: The Sent Ones

For all of their notoriety, most people are very unfamiliar with who Jesus’ disciples actually were. Here, Matthew formally lists the twelve apostles by name in a way that highlights a few different aspects of the type community Jesus had come to build.

 

Matthew 9:14–17: Jesus & Religion

While Jesus’ arrival should have been celebrated, the meaning and joy of His arrival was missed by those who had lost sight of the meaning and purpose behind their religious practices—the hope of God’s presence with His people. Jesus had come to be that presence and to bring the dawn of a new age, and that meant everything was about to change.