08.06.17 Worship Confessional

WEBLOGO“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. (Matthew 5:38-42)

But Jesus’ posture is the opposite, and it cannot be seen as a form of exaggeration. His revolutionary preface, in effect, to the lex talionis was: “Show mercy.” While he doesn’t say this explicitly when he quotes the Old Testament, his own words that form the antithesis are clearly a variant of “show mercy”: “Do not resist an evil person.” Instead of prosecution and instead of exacting retribution to redress the imbalance of justice, Jesus forms another way: show mercy and unravel the system of retribution that pervades our society. (Scot McKnight)

This week:

·       Read, watch, or listen to something you fundamentally disagree with—a book, newspaper, TV news, or podcast from a different perspective. Listen to understand, not to argue or defend. Try to articulate the point of view you hear.

·       Pray for someone who hurt you, or for people who frighten or upset you. Kids, pray for someone that you’re not really friends with, or a bully in your school. Pray for the people and nations with whom the US is in conflict (i.e. the leaders of North Korea, Iran, ISIS, etc.) Pray that they would come to know Jesus, and that wars would end.

·       Parents: have a conversation with your kids. Who do they consider an enemy? Why? What are some small ideas that you could do to love your enemies?

·       Reflect: How does it make you feel to try to pray for and love your enemies? Notice how your perspective has changed and your heart softens when you realize that the people with whom you are in conflict are also children of God.

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • All Creatures of Our God and King (Traditional)
  • Glorious Day (Passion)
  • Reading from Psalm 91
  • Your Love Defends Me (Matt Maher)
  • Message (Beyond Retribution)
  • Communion
  • Mercy (Matt Redman)
  • Build My Life (Passion)

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