August 8, 2021 update:
In-person worship services will be held on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. at Wesley. Saturday evening services will resume beginning September 11th. Masks are recommended. During this time, Pastor Craig will continue livestreaming a worship service at 9:00am on Sunday mornings on our Facebook page.
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If It Was Easy…
I’m sure we have all heard the expression, “If it was easy, everyone would do it.” I can think of a number of arenas of life in which this statement holds true; in fact, I have experienced this reality in my own life on a number of occasions and, if I am honest, I never was able to commit to being one of the few “masters” of any particular field. When I was in college I wanted to master the guitar; but, I wasn’t willing to sacrifice five hours a day to practice. When I was in seminary I wanted to master Greek and Hebrew; but, I lacked the discipline to spend my Saturday afternoons studying instead of goofing around. When I lived in California I wanted to have a physique like the guys I saw seemingly everywhere; but, I wasn’t willing to commit to the kind of diet and exercise regimen required to attain such a goal.
Alas, if it was easy, everyone would do it. Over the next two months or so leading up to Advent, we are going to be exploring Jesus’ most comprehensive and longest set of teachings, the sermon on the mount (Matthew 5:1-7:29). Most scholars agree this large body of teaching is a collection of Jesus’ teachings placed by Matthew into one singular sermon—a sermon in which Jesus lays out the kind of disciplined life he requires of his followers. As we will see in the coming weeks, many of these teachings are challenging and are guaranteed to stretch us as disciples of Christ. Jesus makes it clear that God expects a commitment to righteousness that goes far beyond what many in the Church have settled for. But, if it was easy…
Here is a quick sketch of where we are headed in the coming weeks (ideally):
Week One: The Beatitudes (Matt. 5:1-12)
Week Two: Salt and Light (Matt. 5:13-20)
Week Three: Anger (Matt. 5:21-26)
Week Four: Oaths (Matt. 5: 27-37)
Week Five: Enemies (Matt. 5:38-48; 7:12)
Week Six: Motives (Matt. 6:1-15)
Week Seven: Treasure (Matt. 6:19-34)
Week Eight: Judging (Matt. 7:1-6)
Week Nine: Enter (Matt. 7:7-11; 13-14)
Week Ten: Act (Matt. 7:15-27)
God bless you all,
Pastor Craig Luttrell