Love Your Enemies :: THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 9/20/20 by Pastor Steve Shields.

Love your enemies.

What? It is hard to love your enemies, but there is merit in doing what is hard.

In this podcast, Pastor Steve continues through the Sermon on the Mount with the words from Jesus to love your enemies.

How do you love your enemies? With agape love which is love regardless of the condition of the loved one. This type of love is a matter of choice.

This is hard! In some cases, the only way to love your enemy is to go to the cross. Bowing at the foot of the cross means surrender. And in that surrender you will be able to love.

Open Hearts :: THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 9/13/20 by Pastor Steve Shields.

What do hearts and fists have in common? They can be open or closed. When they are closed, they are agents of destruction. When they are open , they can be agents of healing.

An open heart will be vulnerable, but is also capable of doing a great good.

In this podcast, Pastor Steve will walk us through Jesus’ words on the Sermon on the Mount that will help us change our hearts from closed to open.

The Importance of Honor :: THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 8/23/20 by Pastor Steve Shields

Honor. It’s not a top priority with everyone.

It is a big deal in the Kingdom though. That’s why perfect honor only comes from Christ – who, when you trust Him takes your shame away and gives you honor.

In this podcast, Pastor Steve will address the common problem of comparing oneself to the extremes and show how Jesus told us to treat others with honor in the Sermon on the Mount.

Why? Because honor is huge in the Kingdom. A life of perfect honor is not within our reach. However, Jesus’ honor is transferred to us when He endured the cross.

The Beatitudes :: THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 8/2/20 by Pastor Steve Shields.

In this podcast, Pastor Steve discusses the many misconceptions concerning The Beatitudes. He will layout what Jesus said in The Sermon on the Mount when He gave The Beatitudes.

Below is the benediction that sums up the podcast.

You are blessed when you realize you have nothing before God and are completely dependent on his grace and mercy. You are blessed when you struggle in your recognition of the evil of this world and it causes you to mourn. You’re seeing clearly, understanding that the only solution is God’s goodness. You are blessed because you have stopped clamoring for your rights and you’ve begun trusting God – and you’re finding more than you would have hoped for. You are blessed because you have a sincere hunger and desire to be a better person – to be “right” before God. And God has made that happen because the desire itself was a prerequisite. You are blessed because you have been shown mercy. You’ve indicated that you understand that God’s mercy is what you must rely on. And it holds you and sustains you. And you are blessed because you have been cleansed and refined by God himself, made pure in heart – finding meaning and purpose in life. You are blessed because God has called you to join him in his mission of reconciling the world to himself. And you find happiness as a co-worker with Christ in the kingdom, helping others find what you have found: Peace with God. And you are blessed because you are willing to courageously stand in the gap, showing the kingdom of God to a world that needs this blessing. Take this blessing as you go from here today, in Christ’s name, Amen