He lived to a different beat, and everyone felt it. The gospels tell the story – When Jesus concluded his address, the crowd burst into applause. They had never heard teaching like this – Matthew 7:28. Each person in the crowd heard, felt, and understood as never before. People were changed by simply hearing his message.
What did he say???
Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. – Matthew 7:1
Don’t be flip with the sacred. Banter and silliness give no honor to God. Don’t reduce holy mysteries to slogans. In trying to be relevant, you’re only being cute and inviting sacrilege. – Matthew 7:6
Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. – Matthew 7:7
Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them.- Matthew 7:12
What happened to the crowd after they got home is hard to say. Some likely just moved on, like concert goers waiting for the next band to come to town. A few, however, wrestled with what they heard. They took it on, and continued the amazing transformation that began when they first heard him teach.
They changed. They started to love, worship, talk, and act according to a different groove. They were noticed, sometimes in a nice way and at other times with resistance. Nevertheless, these believers were relentless and became joyful, powerful difference-makers who loved God and each other in a new way that still reshapes this world.
RockTheWord exists to grab hold of this feel. We find, resource, and create disciples that rock. Through specific projects, video and written resources, and investing in who these people are as much in what they do – RockTheWord prays to be used by the Holy Spirit so that people again say based on what they witness – I have never seen anything like this.
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