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living outside the box

8/6/17 – 9/3/17
We try to box God in, but God is always breaking out of the box and shattering our understandings of life in God’s kingdom.

Aug 6 – Abundant Miracles – Matthew 14:13-21
Aug 13 – In Over Our Heads – Matthew 14:22-33
Aug 20 – Passing the Crumbs – Matthew 15:21-28
Aug 27 – Changing Perspectives – Matthew 16:13-20
Sept 3 – Bearing the Load – Matthew 16:21-28

bearing the load

bearing the load

Our instinct is to embrace Jesus’ ethics, but to shut out the cross and any suffering. In our scripture today Jesus is suddenly going off the expected script; he’s got out of the box again! And it doesn’t sound very safe. So what’s it mean to pick up our crosses? What load are we being asked to bear? (Matthew 16:21-28)

changing perspectives

changing persectives

Jesus asks the question “Who do you say that I am?” The first views of Jesus that I remember were received as I sat as a young child on the small brightly painted chairs neatly arranged in two rows in the Sunday School room. And Jesus picture was on the wall. Do you remember the one? I’ve seen it in lots of churches. Jesus was fair skinned with long hair, and he was smiling and kind looking.  (Matthew 16:13-20)

passing the crumbs

passing the crumbs

Last week we talked about boxes, and how we want to put Jesus in a box, but how he is always breaking boundaries. In today’s scripture, Jesus has put himself in a box. It takes a voice from an outsider to challenge his viewpoint. Jesus is very human in this story and not very nice or kind. Dogs were wild animals and were considered unclean. To call a Gentile a dog was a derogatory statement. This is a tough passage to study. (Matthew 15:21-28)

in over our heads

in over our heads

I love this scripture. It’s a rich passage. A great gift from God. A box ready to be unpacked. It has meant a lot in my life at times when I have taken faith risks. I like impetuous Peter who gets out of the boat and sinks so fast. So I thought that this sermon would be an easy one to write as I peered into the box. But as I wrote this sermon, this scripture, didn’t want to stay in a box. It kept popping open, kind of like a child’s toy … jack-in-the-box. We like to put Jesus in a nice tidy box. This is who Jesus is. This is what you should believe. But Jesus didn’t follow the rules! He didn’t stay in the box.  (Matthew 14:22-33)