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Fifth Command: Honoring Authority in an Age of Disrespect

On Sunday we move from the 1st Table of the Law (four commands focused on ‘Loving God’) to the 2nd Table (six commands focused on ‘Loving our neighbor’ well.)  This Sunday, is Commandment Five: Honor your father and mother so that you may live long in the land God has given.  

We will look at the positive and negative aspects to the command as well as the narrow and broad scope: Honoring Authority in an Age of Disrespect.

In an age of family breakdown, abuse of authority, and messed up relationships between parent and child, parent to parent, and a general questioning of anyone in a position of authority, how ought we to honor and obey this command?  Lets dive in on Sunday.

Congratulations to Chase and Ethan Rietema as they make their profession of faith and experience their baptism.  We rejoice with their commitment of faith and public stance for Jesus.  Come and celebrate with us this coming Sunday!

For the Kingdom of God,

Pastor Mark

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Jesus is Lord! Authority: From Teaching to the Demonic, Sickness, and Nature

Blog banner with the image of a highway and the word: "Journey" for the study of the Book of Matthew.

We are back on track with Matthews account of Jesus life and teachings this Sunday.  We will be taking a look at Chapter 8 of Matthew.  The Sermon on the Mount ends in chapter 7 with the words, “When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.”

This is an important point Matthew is trying to make.  Jesus has authority.  There were certain things that the Jewish community was looking for to be demonstrated by the promised Messiah.  The Messiah was one who would come with authority.  And Matthew will now give several accounts of Jesus demonstration of authority in Chapter 8.

Read Chapter 8 in preparation for Sunday’s message: What areas does Jesus demonstrate authority in this series of episodes recorded by Matthew?  On Sunday, I will reveal the three areas of authority the Jewish understanding of the Messiah was to demonstrate.  Read Chapter 8 and you can’t miss them.  Matthew is making the strong case for Jesus as Messiah and LORD.
See you Sunday! 

Pastor Mark