The Jesus Way: Money & Materialism

Money and Materialism

Matthew 6:19-24

Treasures in Heaven

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Silvina Erwin
The Jesus Way: Prayer & Fasting

We’re looking at our lives, relationships and spirituality in the way Jesus desires us to see and live them.

In moving from Matthew 5 to Matthew 6 Jesus shifted his emphasis from ‘who we are’ as followers of Christ to some of the ‘practices’ that reflect Jesus’ way of life.

Jesus singled out three: Giving to the Needy, Prayer, and Fasting.

As Important as giving, prayer, and fasting are to our spiritual lives..."why" we do them is equally important.

Silvina Erwin
The Jesus Way: Loving Those Who Insult or Harm Us

The Jesus Way: Loving Those Who Insult or Harm Us

Scripture: Matthew 5:38-48

God has so designed our soul that meaningful relationship is part of our DNA as human beings.

We have a God-designed need for connection and closeness where we can safely open ourselves to others in honest, trusting, self-giving ways. 

So why do we resist relationships with others if it’s part of our soul’s architecture?

We don’t have to look too far for the answer.

Silvina Erwin
The Jesus Way: Integrity in Our Commitments - Divorce and Promises

The Jesus Way: Integrity in Our Commitments - Divorce and Promises

Scripture References: Matthew 5:31-37

Matthew 5:20 frames Jesus’ entire Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7

 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven. 

Jesus calls us to a way of life that transforms the whole person

Jesus looked at righteousness through a lens rooted in a living relationship with Jesus that first reorders our heart … then realigns our behavior. Works from the inside out … not the outside in.

In Matthew, Chapter 5 he gave us six illustrations and Jesus framed each in the same way: “You have heard that it was said (OT command) … but I say to you (Jesus’ emphasis).

Two weeks ago: We discussed our anger and lust … today divorce and the promises we make.

Jesus certainly doesn’t dodge difficult issues.

Silvina Erwin