It is about becoming like Jesus


Perhaps one of the simplest ways to describe our desire for formation would be “Sermon-on-the-Mount Christianity.” However, we’ve abstracted and complicated (or worse, ignored) the Sermon on the Mount so much in the church that we hardly have a picture in our minds of what exactly “Sermon-on-the-Mount Christianity” looks like in the real world anymore. (To read Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount see Matthew 5-7, and the Sermon on the Plain in Luke 6:17-49.)

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave a clear picture of the practices he wanted his disciples to live:

  • Kindness over judgment.
  • Forgiveness over hate.
  • Fidelity in our sexuality.
  • Peacekeeping and reconciling.
  • Loving, praying for, and blessing our enemies.
  • Pursuing God through prayer.
  • Radical Generosity

We are called to love the outcast, challenge hypocrisy, lay down our lives for one another, celebrate the good and the true and the beautiful, give generously, seek God and find him in mysterious and miraculous ways, and when the challenges and trials of life come, have deep roots in the rock of Gods love and grace that enable us to walk with perseverance and joy. A community that practices its faith in that way, in the middle of the dark and broken parts of our society, really would be a light for the world, set high so that it could give light to the whole house.