In Luke 6, we find Luke’s version of the Sermon on the Mount. Matthew’s version is more well-known, probably because it is less shocking. Luke presents the teaching of Jesus from a stark “this world” perspective, leaving us little by way of spiritualization to lighten rather hard lessons that Jesus has to offer. In Matthew, we receive the “Beatitudes,” the blessings for those, who are often forgotten or left behind in our world, but in Luke, we find additional “woes,” statements of judgment for those who are usually on the top or considered important and powerful.
I can’t say that our study of God’s Word will be easy this week. I believe there is a message of Good News, promises beyond moral teaching of how to behave, but rather an invitation to live a Gospel life. Unfortunately … or maybe fortunately, that Gospel life requires significant transformation in our hearts, our community, and our culture. These teachings speak to the heart of the Gospel message. There are no empty promises of prosperity, no seats of power or privilege offered to Christians, who seem so thirsty for these honors of the world. Rather, there is the simple invitation into a life of following Christ and the power and privilege that this transformational experience offers us. If you are curious about the Gospel, about what it might mean for your life and how that can transform our world … join us. Parkside is a place where you belong!