It’s Not About Fruit — In Conclusion, Part 4

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When Jesus talks about judgment day, it makes us uncomfortable. He says that people will point to their good deeds–even miracles! –and he will tell them to go away. What is the relationship between good works and salvation? Are Christians required to achieve a certain level of good behavior to be saved? If so, what is it? If not, what is Jesus talking about? Pastor Luke looks at Matthew 7:21–23 in “It’s Not About Fruit,” part 4 of his 5-part series “In Conclusion….”

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Hiding in Plain Sight – Christ the King Sunday

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Jesus taught that he was the King and that when he returns in glory he will judge everyone. But that judgment won’t be based on how much trouble we stay out of, or how often we go to church, or pray. The criterion Jesus will consider is how we treat people on the margins of society. What did he mean, and what should we do about it? Pastor Luke looks at Matthew 25:31–46 in “Hiding in Plain Sight.”

One More Year – Part 4 of Gardens

Nobody likes to be judged: even by our family, much less by our friends and neighbors, and especially not by God. Since God is able to enforce his judgments, it’s easy to see things that happen in our lives as God’s judgment at work. Good things mean good approves, bad, that God disapproves. Jesus says that’s a mistake, though, and offers a different way to look at God’s judgment. Pastor Luke preaches from Luke 13 in “One More Year,” part 4 of his 5-part series “Gardens.”

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