We’ve been working our way through the Sermon on the Mount and we’re up to the part where Jesus says some pretty wacky things. Actually most of its like that, but this section is particularly puzzling.
In Matthew 5 he says:
“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 tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.
After this he goes on to make a number of ‘you have heard it said, but I say to you’ statements, all of which change the way in which we see what God asks of us.
What do we do with all that?
This Sunday rather than a regular teaching spot we will have our 4 pastoral staff engaged in an unscripted conversation around this section of scripture. It will be an opportunity to hear different perspectives, see the thought process that goes with interpreting the Bible and to ask questions yourself.
It may see you come out with more insight or it may see you finish up with more questions. Either way we believe it will be good for helping us think, reflect and focus on Jesus’ words.
So come and share in the questions and answers…