June 06, 2013

"Righteousness from Within" [EDITOR'S NOTE: I had the privilege of preaching at the north campus of New Life Church on May 27, 2013. Because they have a video podcast, I decided to post the video of the sermon along with my full, unedited sermon notes on my blog. This is week 4 of our series on the Sermon on the Mount, called "Arriving." The text is Matthew 5:17-20.) "Righteousness from Within" from Glenn Packiam on Vimeo. ----------------------------- ARRIVING, Pt. 4: “Righteousness From Within” (Sermon Notes) [attention/tension] How good is good enough? What does God require? - The Grace crowd: “No rules! Don’t give me that legalism!” - The Correctness people: “What do we technically need to do to be saved?” - The Skeptic: “Why do you pick and choose what we obey from the Bible?” [text/context] The Sermon on the Mount - Matthew 5-7; Most taught on, written about passage of Scripture - Arriving: God’s Kingdom is arriving; His reign. This is about how to live in light of it Jesus is setting up the body of the sermon; He's told us who/what we are - the called (like the dsciples) - the blessed (the beautitudes) - the salt of the earth and the light of world Now he's about to tell us who He is. - There were questions about his authority, his legitimacy (is he following Torah or dishonoring it?) Matthew 5:17-20 ESV “ ‘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...
How Worship Forms Us When we reduce discussions about worship forms to simply matters of style, we miss a crucial aspect of corporate worship: worship forms us. You see, it's not simply a matter of preference, of how one generation likes the "good ole hymns" and another generation likes rock n' roll. It's a question of what forms us as the people of God. But...you may be wondering: Does worship really do that? To be clear, by "worship", I mean the whole church service, not simply the "music portion. And by "worship", I don't mean it in the generalized "all of life is worship" sense. I mean the particular thing: the corporate gathering of the people of God-- what we call the "church service." Perhaps you think, as one prominent mega-church pastor/author/speaker suggests, that so long as we go "deep" in the message/sermon, we can go "wide" with our musical choices and decisions about the lobby and parking lots. Or, like his colleague (another wildly influential pastor/author/speaker) has said, we can do "anything short of sin" to get people to know God. Who cares what we draw them with so long as we preach the Gospel once they get there, right? James K. A. Smith, a philosopher at Calvin College, might say we're missing a crucial part of the conversation. In a recent interview with Christianity Today, Smith argues that we are more than the beliefs we confess; we are the way we "navigate the world"...and we learn that way in corporate worship (i.e. church services.) Smith explains: "...I engage social theorist Pierre Bourdieu. He had an expansive notion of belief. He thinks your body believes things that your mouth could never articulate. The orthodox Christian tradition was launched with the Incarnation of God in Christ, the apostolic witness, and the Scriptures. But we...

Glenn Packiam

Lead Pastor, new life DOWNTOWN, New Life Church, Colorado Springs, CO. Author and songwriter.

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