Against All Reason
Jun 27 2021 • Cedrick Baker, Dan Kent, Greg Boyd
Jesus’ most famous words might be, “love your enemies.” And we use phrases like “go the extra mile” and “turn the other cheek” every day but when it comes to practice, these ideas go against all human reason. So what did Jesus mean? Was he serious? In this series we take a look at how Jesus calls his followers to a radical, counter-cultural life of enemy love, peacemaking and reconciliation.
Sermons in this series:
This panel discussion addresses practical issues that pertain to Jesus’ teaching on enemy love.
To love our enemy, we must understand two core issues. First, we can only love when we are allowing Christ to meet our core needs. Secondly, all people share the same basic core needs, but they fall into the trap of trying to meet them in false ways.
Topics: Identity in Christ,
Jesus’ teaching style draws you in with something you “think” you know, and then just turns it on its head. He was literally challenging the common thinking of the day.
Jesus taught us to love our enemies. While central to everything he taught, the church has long evaded its straight-forward implications. What then are we to do with his words?
How do we respond to evil? There are three options: We can respond in kind, we can cower to it, or we can opt for Jesus’ third option. This sermon explores the third option and challenges us to combat the evil of our world by offering an unexpected response.