New Life Now Series

05/12/24 | Sticks and Stones

Speaker: Dr. David Goebel

Life can be complicated in families. That’s true in the “family of God” as well. It’s not hard to get crossways with family members, feel hurt, nurse grudges, etc. Jesus shows us a healthy way to deal with anger and bitterness—the way of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Matthew 5:121-26 (ESV)

21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. 23 So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. 25 Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison. 26 Truly, I say to you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.

05/05/24 | Deeper Obedience

Speaker: Dan Wonneberger

Religious people can easily default to a clearly defined set of rules to order their life together. Jesus, though, desires a deeper obedience. It’s not that the ethics of Scripture are unimportant—quite the opposite—Jesus applies the law deeper into our hearts, values, and motives to make us new. Following the letter of the law makes you law abiding, living out the spirit of the law brings life.

Matthew 5:17-20 (ESV)

17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

04/28/24 | Tasty Living

Speaker: Dr. David Goebel

In a world that can sometimes seem bland and indifferent, we have an opportunity to live like Jesus in our winsome and grace-filled distinctiveness. Salt, Light, and City all carry the image of a reformed community who lives at peace within and without. This winsome vision of a new life and community becomes a homing beacon for folks weary of the ways the world works to find new life in Jesus.

Matthew 5:13-16 (ESV)

13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

04/21/24 | Blessed Are, Part 2

Speaker: Dr. David Goebel

Righteousness isn’t a cosmic naughty/nice list, its about doing right by others. Far from the American goals of gathering as much as I can for me and mine, Jesus is about others. Forgiveness, purity, peace, missing out for doing good for others are the ways you live the New life of Jesus.

Matthew 5:7-12 (ESV)

Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

04/14/24 | Blessed Are, Part 1

Speaker: Dr. David Goebel

“Blessed are the ______” is analogous to saying “Those people have made it!” The first four types of people who have made it, who are “living the good life” are not anything like what any society would expect. They are not wealthy, powerful, or popular. The good life is being lived by the depressed, the mourning, the unempowered, and those who are being treated unjustly.

Matthew 5:3-6 (ESV)

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.

04/07/24 | Labels and New Life

Speaker: Dan Wonneberger

Labels create expectations and shape our experience. In the same way that when we label a child a troublemaker, we find them making trouble; when we label a set of teachings a “sermon,” we expect intellectual explorations of righteousness. In chapter 5, Matthew collects teachings of Jesus that provide a foundation for how we can live out our New Life from Jesus today.

Matthew 5:1-3a (ESV)

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. He said: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Romans 3:23

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,