Flip Flop Series
Week 3 – Walk It Out Off the Mount: Finding Good Gifts
God is a giver. He is a blesser. And a disciple of Jesus pursues a relationship with God that simply asks, seeks and knocks. The pursuit matters more than the gift. And often the gift we think we want or need is so much less than the good gift that God truly blesses us with. Sometimes we ask for a ‘snake’ and he gives us a fish.
Text: Matthew 7:7-11
Week 7 – Walk It Out Off the Mount: Growing Deeper
It is so easy to get caught up in the do’s and don’ts of religion. Jesus calls us to grow deeper, being a checklist of spirituality. We can outwardly look very committed and we can even live our lives in a way that honors the rules. But Jesus challenges us to look at motive and intent and attitude. He desires health deep in our minds, our hearts and our actions.
Text: Matthew 5:17-48
Week 8– Walk It Out Off the Mount: Salt and Light
Our lives must truly point to Jesus. We are salt and light to a dark and flavorless world. We are the means that God uses to reach the world, to season it with grace and hope. We are the conduits of his love acceptance and forgiveness. Not for our own sake, but for His. It is a big job and huge responsibility, but we must be driven by his agenda for the world and make sure that our lives point to him.
Text: Matthew 5:13-16
Week 1: Walk It Out Off the Mount: Building a Solid Foundation.
Everything starts with a good foundation. And before you build up, you have to build down. This teaching focuses on building a foundation based on the reality of Jesus. As we say yes to a relationship with him, and begin to walk out His teachings, his example and his commitment to mission, our foundation gets stronger.
Text: Matthew 7:24-8:1
Week 2 – Walk It Out Off the Mount: Producing Good Fruit
Actions speak louder than words and our lives are marked by the fruit we produce. This teaching focuses on the simple reality that our lives are marked with the ‘results’ of living. A disciple of Jesus, produces good things. Everyday our decisions, our words and actions should be leading to life, health and hope.
Text: Matthew 7:12-23
Week 5 – Walk It Out Off the Mount: Thinking Eternal
Our calendar goes way beyond 12 months and our lives far exceed our time on earth. This teaching give us a glimpse of an eternal reality, and a challenge to not just live for the future…but invest in the everlasting.
Text: Matthew 6:19-34
Week 4 – Walk It Out Off the Mount: Being Honest
Honest evaluation is always hard and it is ugly. Being a follower of Jesus always requires us to assess inward first. When we can be honest about our own issues, it allows us to be more gracious and life giving to those in our spheres of influence.
Text: Matthew 7:1-6
Week 6 – Walk It Out Off the Mount: Centering On Him
We can get so caught up in pleasing and living for others. We seek approval from outsiders. This teaching focuses on a life centered on one purpose, centering our lives to honor our Father. We can trust his purpose, his provision and his direction and trust that centering on pleasing him first will lead to our best life.
Text: Matthew 6:1-18
Week 9 – Walk It Out Off the Mount: Emotional Health
Disciples aren’t supposed to be miserable, ugly, defeated and hopeless, but these are emotions that we all still carry. Understanding our emotions and dealing with them are so important for emotional health off of the mountain.
Text: Matthew 5:1-12
Series Topics & Audio
May 21- July 31, 2016
Sermons off the Mount issues a challenge to all of us that are “following” Jesus. Our biggest challenge is to live and walk out the teachings of Jesus everyday. To Walk It Out, Off The Mount is way easier said than done.
The Message version starts Jesus’ great sermon with this picture:
Matthew 5:1-2 “When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions.”
Jesus is calling all of us to be climbing companions, committed and closely following Him. Jesus ends this teaching at the beginning really, as he challenges his hearers to build on a solid foundation:
Matthew 7:24-25 “These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on…
Matthew 7:28-29 When Jesus concluded his address, the crowd burst into applause. They had never heard teaching like this. It was apparent that he was living everything he was saying—quite a contrast to their religion teachers! This was the best teaching they had ever heard.
We will be working through Flip-Flop from the end (Foundations) to the beginning (Beatitudes.) And will be challenged along the way in our own personal discipleship process.
This series will help us Flip-Flop the teachings of Jesus on the Mount, with our practical, everyday, normal lives off the Mount. We want to be the conduit of Christ’s love, acceptance and forgiveness…living, breathing, acting and being like him in our spheres of influence.