Who is Really Blessed?
The Sermon on the Mount begins with a list of Blessings, or Beatitudes. Understanding these Blessings and their significance to this Jesus Manifesto is critically important for us today because they set up the framework through which we understand the entire sermon. So the question lingers… have I understood what Jesus is saying through them? Come and share the beautiful truth of the Beatitudes with Pastor Lisa as she uncovers a false narrative that has distorted our understanding of what Jesus is saying in the Beatitudes and shines a light on the Jesus narrative that truly means the Beatitudes, and the Sermon on the Mount in it’s entirety, are good news for all.
In John 17 Jesus makes a startling claim that He had ‘completed the work [the Father] gave [Him] to do’ – and this was prior to His death and resurrection. If the cross had not yet come, what work was He speaking of? He was referring to the work of establishing a group of apprentices who would be able to carry and embody His vision and His message out into all the world. As a faith community, we are seeking to grow as apprentices of this one who knew how to live the life we were designed for and empowers and enables us to live with God right now.
Throughout the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus confronts false narratives that keep us from experiencing life abundantly and offers another narrative, another path towards a life that leads to fullness and joy (“You have heard it said...but I tell you...”). This great sermon is Jesus’ public declaration of His intentions, beliefs, and vision for life in the Kingdom of God.