Webb Road Congregation

 

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Sunday, October 26th 2014
    
"Commanded to Love"

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 26th Scripture Setting:   Matthew 22:  34-46

Christians today are constantly hearing competing messages concerning what it means to be Christian. Thoughtful Christians ask: Where can I go or what must I do to live a life consistent with the gospel of Jesus? Today’s text from Matthew addresses this timeless question.

The Pharisee in this story likely witnessed Jesus’ put-down of the Sadducees (Matthew 22:23–33) and asks a follow-up question. It is unclear why he asks the question. He may have wanted to trap Jesus or even go deeper in his own relationship with God. Whatever the reason behind his question, Jesus responded with an answer that went deeper than the Pharisee wanted to go.

Jesus’ response is straightforward, honest, and theologically sound. It is interesting that with this response he silences the Pharisees (v. 46) just as he had silenced the Herodians and the Sadducees (v. 34). But there is more to this text than putting the Pharisees in their proper place. Jesus’ answer is drawn from the oldest of Jewish tradition; he cites one of the foundational texts from Hebrew Scripture—the shema (Deuteronomy 6:4–5). Second, he references an obscure addendum concerning interpersonal relationships from Leviticus 19:18. These two texts frame the entire law, and for Jesus to cite them not only displays his superior knowledge of the law, but also his depth of understanding.

Jesus’ quote of the shema sets the groundwork for the second law; if we love God we will of course love our neighbor. Jesus understands the only way we can show our love of God to God is through loving our neighbor, and the only way we can bear witness to others that we love God is to love them. The Pharisees understand this and they are given food for thought by Jesus’ answer.

Jesus asks the next questions, “What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?” (v. 42). The Pharisees don’t have answers for Jesus, but Christians will understand from Jesus’ explanation that the Messiah transcends the predicament the Jews were experiencing. The Messiah is both the son of David and Lord of David; he is great and he is servant. In this explanation—just as Jesus framed the law with two verses, the shema and the most obscure—Jesus frames all of creation in himself. Jesus shows his interrogators the law is no savior; it is no Messiah. The true Messiah transcends religious and ethnic boundaries and is not contained in a book of rules. Accordingly, those who follow Jesus must also cross the boundaries Jesus crosses toward justice for all of creation, and they must love their neighbor, which is loving God.

Jesus’ judgment of the Pharisees is the same judgment of the church today. To love our neighbor as we love ourselves the church must be willing to engage with other faith communities, even other religions and secular groups, to discern God’s will for their community and those with whom they live. By engaging with one another and God, the witness of God’s love will be lived out in the actions of the faithful community that loves the neighbor and serves. As Jesus continues his journey to the cross, we come to understand that in loving one another and surrendering our agenda for Christ’s agenda of self-sacrificing love we discover who we truly are.

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Regular Activities

Sunday

Sunday School,  9:30 AM

 

Worship Service, 10:45 AM

 

Children's Worship on 2nd  Sundays

Pot Luck Dinner on 2nd  Sundays  (Next:  Jan. 11th)

Monday

Men's Prayer Breakfast,  8:30 AM
 

Tuesday

Women's Bible Study    9:00 AM 1st and 3rd Wks

11:30 AM Lunch & a 
  Movie

Wednesday

Prayer & Testimony Service, 7:00 PM
 

 

 

October 31st  - November 2nd
Fall Retreat @ Westminster Woods
Camp, Fall River, KS
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November  15th
Revival Activity with Highlands Praise Team @ Webb Road

 

November  15th
Soup Supper @ Webb Road
Highlands Praise Team  will Share
with us.

 

November  16th
Highlands Praise Team @ Webb Road
 

November  22nd
Mission Center Conference@ Olathe

 

November  23rd
Annual Thanksgiving Dinner @ Webb Road


December
 7th
Business Meeting & Election of Officers @ Webb Road

 

 

Pot-Luck Dinner Season:
 

Thanksgiving Dinner

November 23rd

 

Christmas Brunch

December 14th

 

Next Pot Luck Dinner:

January 11th

 

 

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