If Jesus Speaks, Can We Hear?

Lost and Found

“Lost and Found” by Greg Olsen. Used with Permission. www.GregOlsen.com

Gospel – 6/25/20 – Matthew 7:21-29

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’
will enter the Kingdom of heaven,
but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.
Many will say to me on that day,
‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name?
Did we not drive out demons in your name?
Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’
Then I will declare to them solemnly,
‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers.’

“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them
will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.
The rain fell, the floods came,
and the winds blew and buffeted the house.
But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.
And everyone who listens to these words of mine
but does not act on them
will be like a fool who built his house on sand.
The rain fell, the floods came,
and the winds blew and buffeted the house.
And it collapsed and was completely ruined.”


When Jesus finished these words,
the crowds were astonished at his teaching,
for he taught them as one having authority,
and not as their scribes.

If we want a misional church, as Jesus left us, sometimes we have to say hard things. People need to learn everything isn’t easy – the wide gate.

Sometimes we have to hear difficult things. But, if our faith is like the man building on rock, we will be able, not just to hear these difficult things, but grow from them.

The church has become too afraid to say the hard things today. We are afraid the money will dry up.

We don’t need to fear saying these things but rather how we say them as church. The pendulum swung too far and is now swinging back – too far.

The people/church are capable of hearing – is the clergy capable of speaking – like Jesus?

At least that’s what I heard Him say…

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