Relational Needs? Active Empathy.

Russell Minick

Be ye “telos”… relationally. Matthew 7:1–12 The Beatitudes built a pattern with the main point being: grow up like your Father in Heaven (MT 5:48).  Concerns about our most basic needs [physical, relational and spiritual] are then addressed.  Matthew 7:1-12 is addressing some the concerns we typically have which distract us from taking responsibility to grow up relationally; our obsession with what is wrong with others instead of responsibility for who we are. What will not help you grow up in relational maturity [Mt 7:1-6] Judging gets you judged – …

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 …