Our spiritual needs? Real Inner Rootedness

Russell Minick

The Sermon on the Mount pattern I see: Visible part = Growth cycle: outline via beatitudes Mt 5:3-10 description of maturing  Mt 5:11-48 disciplines for maturing Mt 6:1-24 Invisible part = Rootedness: Physical needs? [Mt 6:25-34]  “Root yourself in God as the reality from which physical desires come, and the hope of appropriately pursuing fulfillment of those desires. Relational needs? [Mt 7:1-12] “Fixing others, negatively or positively, is not going to help us grow up.  We need to be rooted in relating through active empathy. Spiritual needs?  [Mt 7:13-27] “Easy drifting, …

The FAQ section of the Sermon on the Mount

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The whole premise of my connecting Psalm 1 with Matthew 3-7 is that Jesus is the model and the way to actually live out the tree image of Psalm 1.  The key terms are blessed and righteous and the image is of a tree planted by streams of water, representing the revealed ways of God, which provide the tree with fruitfulness, freshness and fulfillment. In Matthew 3 John the baptist describes the religious elite as dead trees to be treated like the chaff, the imagery for the wicked in Psalm …

Physical Needs? Mt 6:25-34

Russell Minick

Why shouldn’t we be anxious for $tuff? Because we don’t really need things? Because God will “bless us” with prosperity? Physical needs conclusions: Be rooted in God’s righteous rule first. Pursue practical needs from a position of security with God.  Exposition extracts: 6:25 Anxiety does not create what we need; the Creator has. 6:26­-30 If birds and flowers rely on the Creator, shouldn’t people made in his image rely on Him? 6:31-32 The worldly default in a difficult world is anxious pursuit to grab. 6:33-34 The Kingdom perspective realizes that trouble is part of …