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November 28, 2021 | Ed Stetzer
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FOR THE NOTE TAKERS
Let’s recap some of the key talking points from Pastor Chris' teaching this weekend:
Don’t Fight for Your Rights, Lay Them Down (Matthew 5:38–42): Turning the other cheek isn’t about allowing yourself to be stepped on. This is not to say you shouldn’t defend yourself or allow abuse to take place; it’s not a call to avoid conflict or to neglect the injustices done to the marginalized people. Instead, it’s about swallowing your pride, letting go of a desire to “get even” with someone, and using the lens of Christ to approach the issue.
Love Like You’ve Been Loved (Matthew 5:43–48): The Pharisees distorted the original teaching in the law. Their interpretation was that if you are to “love your neighbor as yourself,” then you can hate your enemy—which would be any non-Israelite. But this is not, and never has been, the way God wants us to look at this law. Your neighbor is everyone you encounter, whether you agree with them or not, whether they are like you or not. So, instead of wondering who your neighbor is, ask yourself, “Who can I be a neighbor to?”
The Best Kept Secrets Bring the Greatest Rewards (Matthew 6:1–18): Here, Jesus gives us a roadmap for prayer. Interestingly, He gave us what we now call the Lord’s Prayer with the instruction to not pray vain repetitions, and yet that’s exactly what has become of it. The purpose wasn’t to give us the words to pray, but the model for our prayer time. And He instructed us to always be sure to do things with the right heart.
We are to give, not to be seen, admired, and praised by men, but in secret to honor and obey the Lord. We are to pray to the Lord, not with fancy words to be admired as spiritual, but with sincerity, honesty, and openness with the Lord. Does that mean we never pray publicly? No. But if we spend more time praying in public than in private, something might be off. We are to fast with the intention of drawing closer to the Lord, to hear from Him, to seek His will, not to prove our spirituality or be elevated in the eyes of people.
Quote to Remember: If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God's child and having God as his Father—Pastor Chris Baselice
Begins March 11
Fasting is one of the core ways we can align our hearts with God’s. Next week, we'll begin this challenging church-wide journey as we set out to draw closer to the Lord and seek His will for our lives in preparation for Resurrection Sunday. If you didn’t get a booklet this week, download it today to help you record what God speaks to your heart throughout the fast..
A LOOK AHEAD
Join us for an incredible night of powerful worship and heartfelt prayer as we reflect on God’s goodness and worship Him together. As a church family, we will pursue God’s heart and lift up His name!
We're so excited to announce that Nick Vuijcic will be joining us for a very special service this weekend! Come hear a powerful message as Nick beautifully illustrates the hope of the gospel for all people in every circumstance. Translation services will be available in both Spanish and Portuguese on Saturday at 6pm and Sunday at 9am, 11am, and 1pm. We’ll also be adding an additional Saturday service at 4pm.
Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.