The final episode of our series, #NewGenesis, on the Beatitudes looks at how Jesus lived by them and died by them. To live this counter-intuitive ethic will threaten any form of government whether secular or religious. How will you live as an apprentice of Jesus now, and what will it mean for you? Enjoy!
This is the last of the Beatitudes, and Jesus ends with a bang! Blessed are those persecuted for doing the right thing. One would tend to believe that if you live in obedience to Jesus, everything will be fine. But Jesus once again turns the tables on our understanding and commands us to rejoice when we face persecution. But what IS persecution?
"Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God." This is the seventh Beatitudes and Jesus is taking the world system head-on. What does it mean to bring peace from a kingdom perspective? How different is it from the world system? In this installment of #NewGenesis, Martial digs-in a little deeper to explain how peace is not only better, its more shocking and absolutely more extravagant.
Who can see God? Is it the morally pure who have lived a perfect religious life? According to the encounters in the Gospels, sinners had a greater ability to perceive God than those who had kept the Torah and followed the Law. In this episode of #NewGenesis, Martial continues to expand on the Beatitudes and breaks down the blinders that often keep us from seeing God.
The newest episode of our series #NewGenesis, continuing our study of the most counter intuitive message known as the Sermon on The Mount, Martial breaks down the concept of mercy and what it meant for the first century audience. Get ready to have a shift in your concept of mercy and how you can participate in the kingdom by living it out.
Jesus begins His ministry by bringing a counter-intuitive message about what The Kingdom of God is all about. The Beatitudes are His great reversal of the world's understanding about who has power and who is blessed. In this episode of #NewGenesis, Martial continues to break down this utterly challenging message by focusing on those who hunger and thirst for things to be made right.
Who inherits the earth? Is it the powerful, the intelligent, the beautiful? Jesus comes to begin something never seen before, something that doesn't agree with the systems of the world. For Him, those positioned to inherit the earth are not what you would expect. In this new episode of our series #NewGenesis, Martial examines how starting from a place of acceptance and blessedness changes everything. Are you ready?
If Jesus was to walk next to you today, do you think you would recognize Him? That is the question the disciples on the road away from Jerusalem had to face. What does it say about our own perception of Jesus? In this new episode of #NewGenesis, Martial breaks down the encounters Jesus had with people after His resurrection, and how each one of them speaks of our journey of Faith.
Jesus' message of hope is filled with controversy and completely counterintuitive. What does it mean to be blessed? Is He advocating a more pious financial life in order to inherit the Kingdom? Who are the poor in Spirit? In this next episode of our #NewGenesis series on the Beatitudes, Martial unpacks the meaning of blessings and the offensive, audacious message of grace.
Who is blessed? Do good people have the market cornered on the blessings of God with their morally upright living and their holy devotion? Are the broken, the sick, the lame and the divorced cut out from being blessed until they get their act together? In our new episode of #NewGenesis, Martial takes us into the culture of blessing and curse, and how Jesus changes everything with His Beatitudes.
Josh and Martial continue to explore the reality of the Kingdom of God. The idea of what the Kingdom is can be a hindrance to its reality. Is your concept of the Kingdom in need of change?
In this new episode of our series #NewGenesis, Martial continues to develop the new idea of the Kingdom of God. Whose Kingdom are we experiencing? Who is in charge? How does it look like? Jesus spoke of the Kingdom more than heaven and more than any of our western doctrines. Everything He ever did while walking this earth was based on His understanding of the Kingdom. But do we really understand it?
The central message of Jesus wasn’t social justice, community, or even love. It was the Kingdom of God. But what the heck does it mean? And how do we live it's reality, and what will the Kingdom do to reshape our life from the ground up? Martial continues to expand on the Gospel of Matthew in this series #TheNewGenesis.
What does a starving Jesus, a wilderness adventure and an ominous encounter have to teach us about life and trusting God? Everything! In part 2 of our new series, #New Genesis, Martial explores the significance of facing tests in our walk with the Lord. Whether on the roof of a temple or on the highest mountains, Jesus wants us to know how to succeed where everyone else before Him failed.
What does a starving Jesus, a wilderness adventure and an ominous encounter have to teach us about life and trusting God? Everything! In part 1 of our new series, #New Genesis, Martial explores the significance of facing tests in our walk with the Lord. Jesus wanted to make sure we knew how to face the voices in our heads questioning our own identity or the goodness of God. How did Jesus pass the test? What can we learn from His encounter with the tempter?
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