Jesus mentions that Christians are to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. However, salt without saltiness is worthless; hence, Christians without spiritual knowledge won’t get far in life. Christ motivates Christians to stand out by being loving, kind, compassionate; a reflection of Jesus so that unbelievers are eager to become Christians as well (New International Version, Matt.5:13-17). Additionally, he mentions the consequences of murder, adultery, and divorce. He talks about the sincerity of oaths and the importance of loving your enemies and giving to the poor.
The most important thing is that we continue to believe that Jesus has the answer to all our stressful struggles in life if we only believe. Christ is the way for the sinner this is the door that all must come through John 14:6 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
It is during this commitment that one learns of the “grace and love of God which [culminated] in the cross” (47). Yet what does it mean to follow Christ? Bonhoeffer stresses the importance of discipleship. Man cannot live by cheap grace, as it is the “grace we bestow on ourselves” (54), and his Christian faith will collapse. Real grace comes with a cost and that is a life to serve Chr... ... middle of paper ... ...t, our conscience, that is our will and reason, is set free and at the same time surrendered.
8:9). His teaching ministry (many lessons and parables) One of the great many teachings of Jesus are he was making us aware of what we worship such as the category of money. Sin can be as simple as the love of money that we cannot hang on to our sins or our love of money and still follow Jesus. There cannot be the best of both worlds; one cannot be in this world and in the next. Peter for example was sure that since he had given-up everything for the Lord that he should be guaranteed a place in heaven or a special reward.
From this truth, flow a couple streams of thought: first, we “need others because of Jesus”, and second, a “Christian comes to others only through Christ” (21). Throughout the chapter, Bonhoeffer develops and further expounds each of the streams. Why is that we “need others because ... ... middle of paper ... ...emselves from the high expectations imposed by human love and live in the freedom Christ purchased on their behalf on the cross. Bonhoeffer’s writing concerning community in Life Together sheds a great deal of light and marks boundaries for Christians on how to relate with each other. It is of utmost importance to remember that community is nothing but a gracious gift of God.
And the context I was hearing it in was typically referring to either the salvation of the unbeliever, or rest and comfort for the sin wearied soul of the believer. While these are portions of it 's definition, the description I was hearing was skewed, as it presented grace and mercy as being synonymous. Typically, reference to the mercy seat (the lid over the ark of the covenant, where blood was sprinkled on the annual day of atonement), and the atoning blood of Christ were intertwined with grace, creating a picture of a completed work for the sake of those who would believe. That sounds great! In fact, it is great, it 's just not complete.
I feel like a key point from this chapter was where the Heavens opened and God’s voice was heard throughout Jesus’ baptism. John must have felt extremely humbled to have been the lucky soul to baptize Christ, and especially hear the voice of God. The Beatitudes are part of what seems to be the key to success. The beatitudes describe how we, as humans, should act, if we want to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. We need to be lawful and just, but most importantly loving and compassionate.
Without Him, I’d be as lost as any unbeliever out there. I have only accomplished these things because of God’s work in me, and I hope that all Christians remember that without God’s work in their lives, His Word is foolishness (Ephesians 1). As a “loud voice of a great multitude in heaven” in Revelation 19:1 says, “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God.” Praise be to God for what He has done and has yet to do in my life.
Matthew ch 6 v 9 - 13 This prayer contains the basic elements of prayer. Reverence for God is upheld ("holy is Your name") and He is acknowledged as Father (a fundamental and unique aspect of the Christian faith). The prayer displays mankind's dependence on God ("Give us this day our daily bread") and how we must put aside our own desires to follow God's will ("Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil"). This act of self sacrifice was demonstrated in the extreme by Jesus Himself at Gethsemane, soon before his crucifixion. He prayed: "Father, if thou art willing, remove this cup from me; nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done".
In “The Freedom of a Christian,” Martin Luther expounds on faith in Christ alone as man’s sole hope for freedom. This sermon was presented at a time when Luther grew increasingly unsure as to how the Papacy would deal with his controversial teachings on justification through faith. He perceived the corruption of the medieval Romans as “gospel repudiators” seeking to glorify their “own human tradition” above the truth of God’s word (online journal 10). The doctrine of the church at this time period was that salvation was achieved by man’s works of the flesh. Luther argues that salvation is achieved by God’s working within the individual’s inner man by faith alone, resulting in freedom.