This sermon was preached at Crosswater Community Church in Sultan, WA on 8/27/23
There is much discussion in our society about what Jesus said or didn't say as well as what He meant by what He said or didn't say. So how do we know who is right? We go straight to the source, HIS WORD! Journey with us in 2023 as we explore what Jesus said on a variety of topics and let's dig in together as we seek to understand, apply and live out all that "JESUS SAID".
Following Jesus is difficult and the meaning of what He said is not always immediately obvious so we need to be sure to understand the various contexts in which he taught and apply what we know to be true even when it’s hard.
In “The Way is Hard”, we’ll look at both hard-to-understand teachings of Jesus as well as teachings that are hard to apply and/or accept with the aim of helping us be joyfully obedient to Jesus’s teachings even when it is hard.
JESUS, like you and me, is opposed to hypocrisy. JESUS, unlike you and me, wasn't a hypocrite and thus, only HE can give us the power to overcome hypocrisy. Following JESUS in all the things, by HIS strength is our only hope.