The Sermon on the Mount

Wisdom can be defined as the art of skillful living. To live well requires intentionality, training, and the insight of a Master. Yet we live in a lost world. A world where the way is narrow and few find it. But into our lost world, Jesus entered in. He lived the Way. He is The Way. The true Master of life. That’s why the original name for Christianity was simply “the Way”. In his sermon on the mount, we learn from the author of life himself... our need for total dependance on God. And to follow the only One who has ever Mastered the Art of Living.

Mastering the Art of Living

Mastering the Art of Living


God's Will

Jun 25, 2019


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God's Will

Matthew 7:13-23 | Nolan Tjaden

This week we have a challenging passage from Jesus; it he says the way is narrow and hard but leads to life. In universalist and inclusivistic, progressive culture this idea can be offenseive. However we see in this teaching ways this is transformative for our lives. Jesus way is truly the best way and we are grown as we embrace it. Check out this teaching to learn more!

Relational Intelligence
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Jun 19, 2019


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Relational Intelligence

Matthew 7:1-12 | Jason Clarke

One of the bible's most oft quoted--or rather misquoted sayings of Jesus is "judge not". Jesus teaches his followers not to judge but what exctly does that mean? Are believers to ignore sin and lack any concern for sin in people's lives? What is the full context of the saying and how does Jesus' teaching inform our relationships? Listen to this teaching by Pastor Jason to find out!

Anxiety
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Jun 10, 2019


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Anxiety

Matthew 6:19-24 | Andre Stickeny

Anxiety has become an enormous battle for our culture. We are a stressed and distressed culture struggling with panic, worry, fear, anxiety. From our constant business, the ubiquitousness of our smart phones, transient nature of jobs, to the constantly changing nature of our culture--we have cause to feel anxiety. But what's the answer? Does God speak to this issue, and if so, what does he have to say? Jesus speaks on anxiety in this passage and introduces ideas that are relevent to this problem today. Listen in to hear more!

Money
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Jun 03, 2019


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Money

Matthew 6:19-24 | Jason Clarke

How do you feel when you think about money? Money can be something we either trust in as a false savior, or feel anxiety about. What if we neither worried about nor worshiped money? What would it look like to put money its place and be able to trust God as supreme in our lives?

Jesus, in his sermon on the mount, casts a better vision for how we should think about money. Instead of worry or worship, we should use money to serve God. When God is in his rightful place in our lives money is no longer a slave-master because instead we are fully devoted to Jesus. Then and only then can we become people who are not ruled by our finances, but walk in peace. Listen in to this podcast to hear Jesus' vision for money.

Character
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May 27, 2019


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Character

Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 | Jason Clarke

In our cutlure, we value power and performance, business competence and a winning personality. Sadly, Character as a virtue is often overlooked. We live in a world marked more and more by a lack of concern with uprightness and integrity. From movie directors to teachers in our schools scandals accumulate everyday. Where are the men and women of Character? How do we develop Character in a world of compromise? Learn more in this teaching by Paster Jason.

Trust
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May 20, 2019


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Trust

Matthew 6:7-15 | Scott Bean

This week we learned about trusting God through a relationship with him in prayer. What a core idea to the Gospel-centered life. But if you ask most people who follow Jesus how it's going praying regularly, you'll find that it's a struggle. The fastest way to make most believers feel discouraged is asking whether or not they are good at prayer. What about you? If prayer is so central to trusting God why are we so bad at it? In this teaching, Scott Bean gives a VERY practical and helpful framework for prayer, that is going to have a lasting impact on your prayer life. Listen to this podcast episode to grow trusting Jesus through prayer.

Hard Love
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May 13, 2019


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Hard Love

Matthew 5:38-48 | Jason Clarke

Who is it that has really hurt you, wronged you, betrayed you, or belittled you? Have you found forgiveness difficult or even impossible? Jesus' sermon on the mount contains a radical call to forgiveness that can only be unlocked through the Gospel. Jesus teaches us that to follow him is retaliate toward our enemies with grace. This teaching on hard love explores the challenge of loving when it's hard. In it, you'll see that God has the power to re-shape you into the likeness of Jesus in the most difficult of circumstances in detail. Listen to the full episode to learn more.

Your Mind
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May 06, 2019


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Your Mind

Matthew 5:17-37 | Jason Clarke

Lust. Anger. Divorce... Relational brokeness of all kinds plague our culture, and it infects and affects our lives in various ways. Jesus calls us to declare war on sin, shame, and brokenness through the power of the Gospel of grace. This message gets inside of Jesus' own teaching on our pain and brokenness and equips us for healing through the truth of the Gospel. Pastor Jason not only addresses these issues through the Gospel but also offers a resource list for practical help with these issues at rise.cc/blog. Check out the full message for more insights on these topics.

The Way of Jesus
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Apr 29, 2019


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The Way of Jesus

Nolan Tjaden

We all invest in training. Whether it's leadership coaching, parenting podcasts, or excercise gurus on instagram, we all value training of one kind or another. What if you could learn about life from the author of life himself? That's what we're doing in our new series "Mastering the Art of Living". In Jesus' teaching on the Sermon on the Mount, we're looking at the Way of Jesus. This week, we considered following Jesus in Life and Language--word and deed--life and doctrine. Check out this podcast to learn more.