Foundations Blog

We’re in a new series called “Foundations” which builds off of Jesus’ metaphor in Matt 7: A house built on sand will never be able to stand BUT a house that’s built on the rock will never be able to fall.

01-23-2022 8:41 AM

Belief #3 HOLY SPIRIT - Discussion Guide for Groups

01-23-2022 8:41 AM
01-23-2022 8:41 AM

Begin in prayer, welcoming the Holy Spirit, inviting Him to lead, guide, and convict. Then, reflect on the sermon. What were some highlights? Was anything particularly helpful, convicting, or confusing?

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01-16-2022 8:32 AM

Belief #2 JESUS - Discussion Guide for Groups

01-16-2022 8:32 AM
01-16-2022 8:32 AM

Begin in prayer, welcoming the Holy Spirit, inviting Him to lead, guide, and convict. Then, reflect on the sermon. What were some highlights? Was anything particularly helpful, convicting, or confusing?

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01-09-2022 9:11 AM

Belief #1 GOD - Discussion Guide for Groups

01-09-2022 9:11 AM
01-09-2022 9:11 AM

Begin in prayer, welcoming the Holy Spirit, inviting Him to lead, guide, and convict. Then, reflect on the sermon. What were some highlights? Was anything particularly helpful, convicting, or confusing?

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12-05-2021 4:46 AM

Practice #10 REST - Discussion Guide for Groups

12-05-2021 4:46 AM
12-05-2021 4:46 AM

When God set the foundations of the world in place, He made the choice to rest and established the seventh day as a “holy” day (Gen 2:2-3). The people of Israel were mandated to observe this day as a Sabbath unto God, spending their time in corporate worship, praise, singing, meditating on God’s word, enjoying His creation, and ceasing from productive labor. In the New Testament, Jesus’ followers began to take their Sabbath not on the seventh day of the week as previously done; instead, they met on the first day of the week (Sunday) to commemorate His resurrection. Today, we can (and should) participate in weekly spiritual rest as a way to practice our dependence upon and worship of God.

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11-25-2021 4:48 AM

Practice #9 GO DO JUSTICE - Day 4

11-25-2021 4:48 AM
11-25-2021 4:48 AM

This week, we’re in Practice #9: Go Do Justice. God’s righteousness and justice are a major theme in both the Old Testament and the New Testament because they are intrinsic to His own character. God’s people are to show the world who God is by being people characterized by righteous living and a pursuit of justice. In Deuteronomy 16:18-20, Moses instructs the leaders of the twelve tribes to make sure that there is justice at the highest level: “Appoint judges and officials for each of your tribes in every town the Lord your God is giving you, and they shall judge the people fairly. Do not pervert justice or show partiality. Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the innocent. Follow justice and justice alone, so that you may live and possess the land the Lord your God is giving you.”

If we fast forward several centuries, the people ruling at the time of Jesus are a sect of Jews known as the Pharisees. They’re highly regarded by the people and have a reputation for holy living. But Jesus exposes them as “white-washed tombs” - men who pervert God’s ways while pretending to be holy. Jesus instructs His disciples to do the opposite of the Pharisees. Jesus’ followers are to be characterized by justice and righteousness, in keeping with Moses’ words in Deuteronomy.

Let’s spend a few minutes examining the text in the Sermon on the Mount as a way to see what righteousness and justice look like when lived out in ordinary human life. Today, we’ll read from Matthew 7:1-6 (NET):

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