Week 1 (10.11) – FIRST: Seek His Kingdom
As the world appears to unravel, Jesus provides a reality that is much greater than what all the nations around the world can provide. His reality feeds the hungry, comforts the poor, provides ultimate peace, gives justice to all, and provides a King who is worthy of our praises. This reality is the Kingdom of God! Since this Kingdom is totally “upside down” when compared to worldly kingdoms, we are calling it the Upside Down Kingdom. When looking at the Beatitudes, parables, and Sermon on the Mount, we will discover the joy and the necessity to live in a healthy community that is counter to our everyday culture. This will be a life-changing reality for those seeking to fulfill the promises of God.
Week 2 (10.18) – Beatitudes: Poor in Spirit
Here is a sermon summary for the website: In the Beatitudes, Jesus invites us into a new and better way of life, but it is a paradoxical realm that turns human logic upside down. It’s a life where sorrow leads to joy, brokenness to health, and suffering to glory. As Jesus preaches perhaps the best sermon ever recorded, Jesus begins to announce how our spiritual bankruptcy gives us the opportunity to live within the kingdom of God on earth as it will someday be in heaven.
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Week 3 (10.25) – Beatitudes: Those Who Mourn
When we face evil, it saddens us. The evil may come from ourselves, from others, or from sources unknown. In any case, when we honestly mourn the evil things of this world, whether that be words, deeds, or circumstances, God sees our sorrows and comforts us. He also gives us the knowledge and confidence that things will not always be this way. Jesus displays this comfort to a sinful woman in Luke 7:36-50. From this lesson in Luke, we discover that those who experience deeper sorrow are more likely to experience greater comfort, and live a life with more gratitude.
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