I’ve gotten some feedback on the Sermon the Mount series, though not much. What little I have gotten suggests it’s feeding a need. So for now, I’m going to continue marching through the teachings of Jesus as recorded in Matthew. My aim is to keep it fresh; I’m running more off inspiration. I don’t ignore scholarship, but I’m trying to breathe life into the presentation. I want you to feel like you were there in the narrative itself.
So for now, this will be the Saturday lesson notes that I publish here in preparation for my Sunday home worship. I’m not that much into polished oratory; I know how to do it but there’s too much manipulation involved. It would be better if there was interaction; that was permitted in the Old Testament synagogues. I try to write in a style that reflects a more informal presentation.
There’s a certain moral power in teaching the revelation. We are striving to break down the false expectations of the intellect so the heart can speak loud and clear. It makes no difference at all if the Scripture passage at hand addresses some specific current issue. The removal of the barriers means you are open to the truth in your own context. You’ll know what to do because of that living connection between heart and mind.