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From Silence+Something To Say
Dear Podcast Friends:
The Sermon on The Mount is concerned with the great theological and existential question of human flourishing.
In this series of podcasts I will be looking at the key ideas of the sermon to highlight the most fruitful reading of the words of Jesus.
This episode is centered on what I believe is the key that unlocks Jesus teaching: Seek first (make your aim) the Kingdom of God and its righteousness (goodness) and all these things will be added to you.” – Matthew 6:33
Dr. Jonathan Pennington in his book: The Sermon on The Mount and Human Flourishing makes this claim: “In short, I think the Sermon is a piece of wisdom teaching from Jesus that invites people into true human flourishing through wholeness centered on God and his coming kingdom. Jesus’ Sermon invites us to see the world in a certain way and to be in the world in a certain way that accords with God’s nature, will, and coming reign upon the earth. It is a call to faith‐based discipleship in Jesus, the Son of God.” I agree.
It’s not a job to seek the Kingdom of God, but the greatest opportunity in human life! If it sounds dreary, that’s how badly we’ve missed the point. There is joy in seeking the kingdom.
Main points of Episode:
1. Why we need to have an aim. What would be the highest aim in human life that leads to flourishing?
You aim at what you value. We only see what we aim at. Aim high and live in the present. Who do you want to be? Who are you becoming?
The surprising controversial work of Dr. Jordan Peterson and his book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos.
2. Grace is not opposed to effort. There is, of course, no question of doing this purely on our own. But we must act. Grace is opposed to earning, not to effort. And it is well-directed, decisive and sustained effort that is the key to the the kingdom and to the life of restful flourishing. Taking responsibility for the gift of grace and life.
3. The Kingdom of God, is God acting here and now.
Dallas Willard showed me that the kingdom of God is strong and unshakable, that a life lived interactively with God never fails.
With you on the Journey,