The Gospel According To Jesus - Week Three: "Let It Be Done For You As You Wish"
Today we are continuing a sermon series that will take us through September as we explore the Gospel lectionary texts from Matthew.
This sermon series will take us through some of the key teachings and lessons from the life of Jesus as recorded in Matthew’s Gospel—to hear the Good News directly from Jesus himself.
Many people in our current culture claim to speak for Jesus, yet when you hold up what they are saying next to the actual words of Jesus, it doesn't add up.
This is why it's important to go directly to the source and read Jesus's stories and teachings. If we are going to call ourselves Jesus-followers, it makes sense to know what he wanted us to do to follow him more fully.
Today we will be reading a story where it’s hard to believe that Jesus said what he said—to a poor, suffering woman, no less. She asks him for help, and he responds with a dismissive insult.
As we're going to learn, Jesus acted appropriately to her according to traditions of 1st-century Judaism. But then he threw the tradition out the window in the face of real faith.
Ultimately, we will also learn just how incredible the Good News of Jesus is when it casts a wide net, unencumbered by traditions that exclude rather than include.
How do we know that some traditions need to be released?
When they inhibit human flourishing and the shalom of God. When they keep people from healing. Or when they just don't make any damn sense.
Story of people turning around and facing the back when they recited the Apostle's Creed
What are some ways that faith communities limit the scope of the Gospel because of tradition? There are a lot of them, in case you were wondering.
THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS ISN’T GOOD NEWS IF IT ISN’T GOOD NEWS FOR ALL