ReUnderstanding Baptism (#Unexpected #16)

Throughout life, we often end up with misunderstandings. They happen at work, they happen in marriage, they happen within our extended family. But sometimes, we learn something that helps to change our misunderstandings and reshape our thinking.

When it comes to baptism, some people hold certain beliefs based on the way their church practiced baptism, or what they had perhaps heard from a friend, or even just ideas they came up with themselves. But what if some of these ideas are really a misunderstanding of a sacred act?

This week, for the conclusion to the #Unexpected teaching series, we look at the “prequel” to the Sermon on the Mount, the baptism of Jesus, and by looking at HIS baptism, we might discover we’ve had some misunderstandings of what baptism really is. So listen in if you have a desire to “ReUnderstand” baptism.

Don’t Follow a Flooded Fool (#Unexpected #15)

Ever heard a really good speaker or read a fantastic book that made you think, “I need to make changes in my life and this is exactly what I needed!” You leave that speech or book feeling inspired to live differently, but within a few days or weeks, you are right back into the same old routine. This happens to  the best of us far too often.

Jesus  seems to understand this. Which is why he concludes his most famous sermon with a powerful illustration – one that should help us not just hear his words and go back to life as usual, but rather an illustration that will help us  hear his words and  apply them to our lives.

So if you are ready to have your life changed, listen in to Jesus’ famous sermon-ending words.

Be Stupid (#Unexpected #13)

Thomas Edison was “stupid.” People told him that you can’t invent an electric candle. It just can’t be done. But Edison was clearly too stupid to realize the truth of what they were saying, because after a thousand failed attempts, Edison finally succeeded, changing the entire world with his invention of the lightbulb.

Likewise, many people believe that prayer is a waste of time. And if you are  generous, you will be taken advantage of. Therefore prayer and generosity are stupid. And yet in His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells us to be stupid in both prayer and  generosity, to keep going with both, even when those around us think we are being “stupid.”

Because there is something to be said about stupidity.

How to Judge (#Unexpected #12)

The very passage that most people use to tell others not to judge is actually the beginning of a conversation with Jesus on HOW to judge. That’s right, Jesus actually teaches his followers how to judge others. But when we judge the Jesus-way, it will actually create the types of relationships and conversations the “do not judge” crowd longs for.

So listen in and discover “How to Judge” using the method Jesus gave us.

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