A four week study on the tough sayings of Jesus is quite simply, not nearly long enough. Proverbs 27:6 says, “wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.” Jesus is a true friend. He wounds us to heal us.
Augustine once said, “if you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.” This series will be an opportunity to trust Jesus instead of ourselves. The Jesus who consistently and doggedly challenges us to listen to what we might not want to hear but definitely need to hear. For example,
- “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” Luke 6:27-28
- “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28
- “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” Mark 10:25
- “Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” Luke 12:15
- “The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matthew 13:41-42
- “Forgive and you will be forgiven.” Luke 6:37
- “If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.” Matthew 5:29
- “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” Luke 20:25
We will not have time to look at all of these (and there are many more than these that qualify) but we will look at a number of them. Along the way we will touch on topics like politics, money, sex and the afterlife, ultimately seeking to grow in our ability to correctly interpret ancient texts of scripture, which includes making proper application to our lives and world today.