This Sunday, Pastor So began a series based on the Sermon on the Mount. We are honored that he will be preaching at the English service on the fourth Sundays of the month throughout 2014. In order to kick off this series, Pastor So gave a brief overview of the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5, 6 and 7. He characterizes this sermon as both genuine and simple.
In Matthew 5, Jesus speaks out against hypocrisy. The beatitudes describe what it means to have a Christian character. The Christian mission is that Jesus' followers are to be light and salt in the world. They are to effectively penetrate the surrounding community by being genuine and authentic.
In Matthew 6, Jesus highlights three areas where the religious leaders had put the spotlight on their performance: a) giving, b) prayer, c) fasting. Jesus' followers should only be striving for the approval of God, not anyone else.
In Matthew 7, Jesus concludes that wholehearted commitment is necessary for His followers. Jesus makes comparisons between two paths and two foundations with two different results.
Will we have wholehearted commitment to Christ with a genuine and simple faith?