Upside Down Kingdom

Encountering Jesus and letting him challenge your kingdom

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A Strong Foundation • November 24, 2019 • Tom Hendrikse

The Sermon on the Mount concludes: Jesus says anyone who hears his words and does them is like a wise builder who constructs a house on a strong foundation. Those who hear his words and do not do them build on the sand, where the storm destroys the house.

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I Never Knew You • November 17, 2019 • Tom Hendrikse

While it is true that you are saved by grace through faith, and not because of what you do (whether good or bad), it is also true that claiming to be a Christian doesn’t make you one. Real faith (that results in salvation) is evidenced by a fruitful life.

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Bearing Fruit • November 10, 2019 • Tom Hendrikse

What is authentic faith? It is something more than just agreeing with a set of facts. Genuine faith is visible; it shows up in what we say or do. You can know someone by the fruit they produce, and whether that fruit is good or bad.

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The Golden Rule • November 3, 2019 • Matt Lomenick

The Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Jesus called it the essence and upholding of the Law and the Prophets. Pastor Matt looks at the kind of love Jesus was talking about and how we find the capacity for it in our lives.

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Prayer • October 27, 2019 • Matt Lomenick

All of life is about God and His purposes, which is the foundation of effective prayer. My prayers are hindered to the extent they are about me and my purposes instead of God’s. If my prayers are about loving Him and seeking wisdom, my prayers come alive!

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Judging Others • October 20, 2019 • Tom Hendrikse

We all experience judgment; others judge us, or we judge others. Either way, Jesus gives a warning. Judgment is God's, and however we apply it, that's how we experience it. But through the lens of the gospel, we can rightly appraise ourselves and others.

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Treasure (Money) • October 13, 2019 • Tom Hendrikse

Money is a matter of the heart! Either your heart trusts in God or money. It can’t trust in both. One leads to peace, for it leads you to a Heavenly Father who loves you and who knows your needs and promises to meet them. The other leads to anxiety.

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Prayer • October 6, 2019 • Tom Hendrikse

What is prayer? Why (and how) should we pray? Prayer is communication with God, and Jesus assumes we will pray since communication is vital to a relationship. It is also through prayer that we both access and wield the power of God, to the glory of God.

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Helping Those in Need • September 29, 2019 • Tom Hendrikse

Through the gospel, God gives us a new heart that enables a new kind of love: one that loves the needy and doesn't look for credit from man! If we fail to do that, the applause from our fellow humans is the only reward we will ever receive.

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Forgiving Others • September 22, 2019 • Dave Richardson

How are we to treat our enemies? Not from self-vindication or hatred, but with a readiness to serve and seek the good of those who deserve the opposite. Let go of bitterness and respond after setting our eyes on Jesus, who patterned his life the same way.

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The Positive About God's Law • September 15, 2019 • Tom Hendrikse

In the gospel, God gives a new heart to enable new obedience to his law. We must obey from the inside, not just the outside. And there is a positive attached to the negative. Thou shalt not lie, also means thou shalt pursue and promote truthfulness.

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God's Law • September 8, 2019 • Tom Hendrikse

God’s law has various purposes. It reveals the holiness of God, reveals our sinfulness (to drive us to Jesus), holds before us a moral behavior and life that is pleasing to God, and more. Jesus rescued us by keeping the law perfectly in our place.

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Salt and Light • September 1, 2019 • Mark Lautenschlager

Jesus says we are Salt and Light to the world. These are not character awards; they are job descriptions. Jobs that are both powered by the gospel. Ruling Elder and Session member Mark Lautenschlager brings us God's word this week.

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Overview and The Beatitudes • August 25, 2019 • Matt Lomenick

Matt Lomenick launches this series of messages based on the Sermon on the Mount. He gives us an overview of the series that encourages us to "have an encounter with Jesus and let him challenge your kingdom." Matt takes us through the beatitudes this week.