These are difficult teachings, Jesus...
Love God; be kind and compassionate; do not murder – these are understandable and agreeable passages from the Bible.
But “cut off your hand which causes you to sin?” “Gouge out your eye” if it also causes you to sin?
Hate your mother and father? Drink the blood of Jesus?
These are hard sayings from Jesus!
And these are exactly the things we will be discussing in our new sermon series titled “The Hard Sayings of Jesus.” The 14-week series examines many of the difficult-to-understand, the hard-to-accept, and the simply outrageous teachings of Jesus.
Pat Hughes began the series on 13 January, 2019 with an examination of how not to judge others, but also how to righteously and lovingly judge others. The passage from Matthew 7 has Jesus asking us how we can identify the speck of dust in our brother or sister’s eye (or the small faults or mistakes of their lives) while we do not recognise the beam or log sticking out of our own eye (the major faults or mistakes in our lives)?
Jesus said, "...first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye." First, humbly come before God and ask for him to identify the logs and pieces of dust in our eyes. After that, then we can humbly and graciously help our brothers and sisters remove the specks of dust for their own eyes.
Brett Hamilton continued the following week by breaking down the understanding on what was meant by Peter being the rock that the church would be built on. Peter was the first to recognise, through God, that Jesus was "the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16). At this, Jesus said that at this, the recognition of Jesus being the Son of the living God, and the disciples and followers who would carry this good news out to the world, the church would be built up.
Join us in the coming weeks as we continue to dive into the difficult teaching of Jesus Christ.
Services start at 17:00 at the Polish First Baptist Church on Kłodnicka 2.