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“What’s Love Got To Do With It?”

09/15/19

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Five Things I Wish Jesus Never Said

Summary: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” It’s easy to look at this statement and think, “Okay, I see it.” But when you stop to think about it, you realize there is so much more to it than a quick read. It forces you to go deeper in understanding what Jesus was after.

5 Things I Wish Jesus Never Said - “Camels, Needles and the Rich”

09/08/19

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Five Things I Wish Jesus Never Said

Summary: When Jesus said: “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom,” it left the disciples scratching their heads. They asked Jesus, “Then who can be saved?” Since to them God blessed the righteous with riches, if that person couldn’t enter the Kingdom, then who could? Jesus put his finger on the problem of this rich young ruler. Today, he puts his finger on whatever has become one’s god, whatever is the barrier to entering the Kingdom.

5 Things I Wish Jesus Never Said - “Love Your Enemies”

09/01/19

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Five Things I Wish Jesus Never Said

Summary: Jesus said some very difficult things as he taught about the Kingdom and how his followers should live their lives. They’re hard sometimes because they go against the grain of our natural instincts and desires. Or they’re hard because we just don’t want to do them. This first message deals with God’s expectations of how we should deal with those we would call our “enemies.”

I Am The Only Way

09/07/14

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Five Things I Wish Jesus Never Said

Summary: Jesus made some audacious claims, exclusive claims. None more controversial than this one - that he is the only way to God. It is important to step back and consider the issue from a “need” basis, and then to evaluate Jesus’ statement in that context. Every religious system has an emphasis on doing good, of being good. The question, then, is this: Can anyone be good enough? The Bible has a clear answer to that question, an answer that requires us to examine why Jesus made the statement he did, and is there evidence that he has credibility in saying what he did. Finally, we have to respond to what we discover about Jesus’ claim if true.

Deny Yourself

08/31/14

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Five Things I Wish Jesus Never Said

Summary: “Deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Me.” That is not a popular concept for the typical 21st century status-seeking, goal-pursuing, ego-driven person, even one who is a Christian. What did Jesus mean when he said that, and what does it mean for us today? This message explores this statement in the context of Jesus’ teaching about discipleship. Concepts related to Jesus’ sayings include: sacrifice, identity and obedience.

The Last Shall Be First

08/24/14

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Five Things I Wish Jesus Never Said

Summary: Jesus said things the disciples (and we) probably didn’t expect, things that go against the common grain of thinking. On at least five separate occasions, Jesus told the Twelve: “The first shall be last.” If you couple these sayings with Jesus’ teaching about the subject of greatness in the kingdom, you have a real counter-intuitive explanation of how God measures success. The reality is: God measures success differently!

Hate Your Father and Mother

08/17/14

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Five Things I Wish Jesus Never Said

Summary: Jesus said that one must hate his father and mother in order to be his disciples. Did he really mean this literally? A look at the context of Jesus’ statement coupled with the Old Testament Scriptures, helps us examine this hard saying and understand what Jesus meant. There are implications today for those who would be disciples of the Master.

Love Your Enemies

08/10/14

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Five Things I Wish Jesus Never Said

Summary: Jesus said some very difficult things as he taught about his kingdom and how his followers should live their lives. He countered a common saying in his day, “Hate those who hate you,” with “Love your enemies.” Explore what Jesus meant when he said this extraordinary thing and what it means for us today.