We want to be a church where the past is not fatal, the present has power and the future has hope because of Jesus Christ. We talked a lot in the recent two series about focusing on and following Jesus. That focus will be more and more important as we move into the next chapters of life as First Church, and as a people called United Methodist. What does that focus on following Jesus look like in real time living? Beginning Father’s Day weekend and concluding the second weekend in August, we will walk through the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12) one at a time under the heading “BLESSED,” seeking to answer the question each week, “What about this particular teaching makes for a blessed life, and why is that important to following Jesus?” To set the stage for the series, read the following texts and pay attention to what they say about Jesus’ words.

We want to be a church where the past is not fatal, the present has power and the future has hope because of Jesus Christ. We talked a lot in the recent two series about focusing on and following Jesus. That focus will be more and more important as we move into the next chapters of life as First Church, and as a people called United Methodist. What does that focus on following Jesus look like in real time living? Beginning Father’s Day weekend and concluding the second weekend in August, we will walk through the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12) one at a time under the heading “BLESSED,” seeking to answer the question each week, “What about this particular teaching makes for a blessed life, and why is that important to following Jesus?” To set the stage for the series, read the following texts and pay attention to what they say about Jesus’ words.

THIS SERMON IS COMING SOON!

THIS SERMON IS COMING SOON!

JUNE 15 AND 16

Matthew 7:24-29

Jesus is clear that serving is a key element in following him (John 13.)  Peter says grace is given to each of us, and its purpose is to enable us to serve others and point them to Jesus – to how he lived and to the things that are important to him. As we serve in the ways he did, our connection to Jesus gets deeper – the “plant” is cultivated and our lives and the Church is set up to bloom in the ways Jesus calls us to. As you read the following passages, note what they say about using what we have to serve the needs of others.

MONDAY (6/17):  Luke 6:46-49

TUESDAY (6/18):  James 1:22-25

WEDNESDAY (6/19):  James 2:14-22

THURSDAY (6/20):  Matthew 12:46-50

If DOING the words of Jesus builds the foundation for life that will withstand storms, knowing WHAT Jesus said is also of critical importance.  It’s safe to say the heart of what Jesus said is found in what we call “The Sermon on the Mount” in Matthew 5-7. And the heart of the Sermon itself is in what’s called “The Beatitudes” in Matthew 5:1-12. The first Beatitude - and the first entry point for the “BLESSED” life as Jesus describes it - has to do with being “poor in spirit.” To prepare for our next times in worship, read the following texts and note what they say about being “humble people.”

FRIDAY (6/21):  Micah 6:6-8

SATURDAY(6/22):  Matthew 11:25-30

SUNDAY (6/23):  Matthew 5:1-12