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03 Jesus’ Call to the Way: One God, One Trust, One Kingdom (Matthew 5:44-45, 48; 6:24b-33)

03 Jesus’ Call to the Way: One God, One Trust, One Kingdom (Matthew 5:44-45, 48; 6:24b-33)

Identity – Shaped by the God I Serve Jesus’ wisdom moves from Blessing (God’s kingdom breaking in) to Identity (discovering who I am in God’s realm) to Action (living actively from the Identity I learn in Jesus). Jesus shows us who we are by showing us the nature and character of God, of reality. Identity is profoundly contested. Who am I? What is my life about? Am I defined by work, class struggle, nation, race, gender, oppression, relationships, wealth, desires, music, subconscious id-ego. Is my ‘self’ a delusion of chemical reactions in mindless brain cells. Does my life matter, now or ever? Am I loved? How do I find hope – the truth? We feel after God with human-sized gods – variations of power, sex, and money. Within Israel’s long revelation of the One God, creator and sustainer of all, Jesus comes challenging people to know God in a new way, revealing God in life and action. As we see the vision/truth of God in Jesus, we learn ourselves within the reality he shows. God Everywhere

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