Over the past few months as we have continued to have discussions with our members and our neighbors, one of the themes that has come up repeatedly is the pace and complexity of life today for families and individuals. Athletics, business, career, personal finance, relationships, technology, the pace of life…these things can make our life feel overwhelming, stress-filled, and unfulfilling. (See picture from Freshman College Orientation) Certainly not the kind of life when Jesus says things like, “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete” (John 15:11). So how do we respond to these pressures? How can we, as faithful Christians, stay engaged in the world around us but also not be victimized its priorities?
In each week’s Gospel lesson from Matthew, we will identify one of the messages we hear every day, and also read how Jesus presents an alternative message. Brief videos may also supplement each week’s themes.
This is going to be a challenging set of messages for us. All of us. Because it will lead us to ask some probing questions of ourselves. And there may not be any clear-cut, straight-forward answers. But as we work through the series, we will discover how God has prepared an alternative to the fast-paced, complex, pressure-packed life we are told is “normal” and even desirable. He comes to us with and alternative: