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What is happiness? And how do I find it?

The Sermon on the Mount is Christ's teaching on the happy life in the Kingdom of God. Join us as we study Matthew 5-7 this Fall

Build to Last: a Series in Nehemiah

Nehemiah is a book about unfinished business. It is a book about conviction and courage; leadership and lordship; work and worship. Nehemiah is a faithful servant of God dedicated to His plan and purpose. Why is this book in the Bible? Because Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” A literal translation reads, “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint.” Eugene Peterson paraphrases the verse, “If people can’t see what God is doing people stumble all over themselves.” And we could add, “And all over one another!” If you find yourself floundering, wondering what life is all about; if you want to serve the Lord but aren’t sure how; if you want to do great things but don’t know how to get started; then this series is for you.

Background Summary

Summary of what led up to Nehemiah's story

Matthew's Story

The Sermon on the Mount comes in the middle of a story, so it is important to know it! Here are a couple ways acquainted with the gospel according to Matthew.

2. Watch these videos which summarize the story.

Matthew's Themes

It will help to learn terms and concepts from Matthew. Here are a couple ways to get acquainted with Matthew's themes.

1. Watch this forum on 'The Kingdom of God.'
2. Learn about the significance of the Law.

Series Schedule

Each week provides the main passage, live stream, spiritual practices, and children's videos and activities.
Sep 12: Neh. 1:1-11 - Care Deeply

Sep 19: Neh. 2:1-10 - Pray Expectantly

Sep 26: Neh. 2:11-20 - Plan Wisely

Oct 3: Neh. 3 - Work Diligently
 
Oct 10: -Neh. 4 - Lead Courageously

Oct 17: Neh. 5 - Live Wisely

Oct 24: Neh. 6 - Trust Completely

Oct 31: Neh. 8 - Finish Joyfully
American Gospel: Christ Crucified

The gospel message of "Christ crucified" has always been offensive. In our culture it is common for preachers to soften the offense of the cross, and the attributes of God that are displayed in the person of work of Jesus Christ. "American Gospel: Christ Crucified" explores how the paths of post-modernism and progressive Christianity lead to a different gospel, and a god created in our own image.

 
 
 

Mesa Groups

Fall Schedule
August 30 The Beatitudes - Matthew 5:1-6 
September 4-7 Labor Day Weekend (No formal study)
September 20 Peacemakers - Matthew 5:9-16 
October 4 Internal Righteousness - Matthew 5:21-48
 
October 18 The Lord’s Prayer - Matthew 6:7-13 
November 1 What Do You Love? - Matthew 6:19-34 
November 15 Firm Foundation - Matthew 7:24-29 
November 22-29 Thanksgiving Celebration (No formal study)
We will break for Advent and resume group meetings in January. Consider a gift exchange or some sort of Advent or Christmas celebration as a group.
 

Resources

Spiritual Formation

The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness, by Tim Keller

Description: In this short and punchy book, best selling author Timothy Keller, shows that gospel humility means we can stop connecting every experience, every conversation with ourselves and can thus be free from self condemnation. A truly gospel humble person is not a self-hating person or a self-loving person, but a self-forgetful person. This freedom can be yours.

The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas A Kempis

Description: Only the Bible has been more influential as a source of Christian devotional reading than The Imitation of Christ. This meditation on the spiritual life has inspired readers from Thomas More and St. Ignatius Loyola to Thomas Merton and Pope John Paul II. Written by the Augustinian monk Thomas à Kempis between 1420 and 1427, it contains clear instructions for renouncing worldly vanities and locating eternal truths. 

What Did You Expect?: Redeeming the Realities of Marriage, by Paul David Tripp

Description: Somehow, someway, every marriage becomes a struggle. Everyone’s marriage morphs into something they didn’t intend it to be. At some point you need something sturdier than romance. You need something deeper than shared interests and mutual attraction. You need changed expectations, you need radical commitments, and, most importantly, you need grace.

After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters, by N.T. Wright

Description: From the author of the acclaimed Simply Christian and Surprised by Hope comes a book that addresses the question that has plagued humans for centuries—what is our purpose? As Christians, what are we to do with that ambiguous time between baptism and the funeral? It's easy to become preoccupied with who gets into heaven; the real challenge is how we are going to live in the here and now. Wright dispels the common misconception that Christian living is nothing more than a checklist of dos and don'ts. Nor is it a prescription to "follow your heart" wherever it may lead. Instead, After You Believe reveals the Bible's call for a revolution—a transformation of character that takes us beyond our earthly pursuit of money, sex, and power into a virtuous state of living that allows us to reflect God and live more worshipful, fulfilling lives.

 

Commentaries

The Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing: A Theological Commentary, by Jonathan Pennington

Description: In this volume, a recognized expert on the Gospels shows that the Sermon on the Mount offers a clear window into understanding God's work in Christ. Jonathan Pennington provides a historical, theological, and literary commentary on the Sermon and explains how this text offers insight into God's plan for human flourishing.

The Sermon on the Mount, by Sinclair Ferguson (Video Series on Amazon Prime)

Description: In this 12-part series, Sinclair Ferguson teaches through the Sermon on the Mount and helps us understand their meaning for our lives today.

The Sermon on the Mount (The Story of God Bible Commentary, by Scot McKnight

Description: Emphasizing the historical distance between the New Testament and our contemporary culture, The Sermon on the Mount by Scot McKnight, part of the new The Story of God Bible Commentary series, offers helpful contextual insights for those seeking to discern how to live out the Bible in today’s world. Perfect for pastors, students, Sunday school teachers, and lay people alike, this highly anticipated series provides a clear and compelling exposition of the text in the context of the Bible’s overarching story.

More Videos

Below are two documentaries available to rent or purchase on YouTube.

American Gospel: Christ Alone

Does Christianity mean Christ + the American dream? American Gospel examines how the prosperity gospel (the Word of Faith movement) has distorted the gospel message, and how this theology is being exported abroad. This feature-length film is the first in a series.