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Welcome to Cornerstone Church. We’re glad you decided to join us today as we celebrate all that Jesus has done for us. We are a church that LOVES GOD and LOVES OTHERS. We trust that you experienced God’s love here today. If there is anything we can do to serve you and help you grow in your relationship with Jesus, let us know.

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OUR PASTORAL STAFF
Lead Pastor – Erik Scottberg
Associate Pastor – Kermit Barker
Youth Pastor – Jake Wesemann
Discipleship Pastor – Phil Schneider
Children’s Director – Bethany Scottberg

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We believe there’s a next step for every follower of Jesus, no matter if you’re a new believer or if you’ve been doing this for years. Either way, we’re thrilled you’re here!

TODAY'S MESSAGE

 

INTRODUCTION:

Read about the “Sand Palace” here.

Matthew 7:24-27 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

4 warnings at the end of the Sermon on the Mount:
– Two Ways (v. 13-14)
– Two Prophets/Teacher (v. 15-20)
– Two Doers (v. 21-23)
– Two Houses/Builders (v. 24-29)

 

One Audience (Matthew 7:24a; 26a)

Matthew 5:1-2 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.

The Sermon on the Mount is a message for believers (“everyone who hears these words of mine”). The difference is who will put his words “into practice.”

Jesus’ goal is not INFORMATION, but TRANSFORMATION.

 

Two Responses (Matthew 7:24b; 26b)

Everyone is building a house.

That man is foolish; he is a stupid person who acts in a stupid way. — Leon Morris

Don’t take for granted, where you are planted.

 

When the Inevitable Storms Come (Matthew 7:25; 27)

Jesus isn’t saying that we will be protected FROM the storm, but that we will be protected THROUGH the storm.

The story of the Two Houses is about two kinds of Christians, not about Christians and non-Christians (note: both “are listening” to Jesus’ words). The house that crashes is not the house of pagans or of those who did not hear Jesus’ words. The house that crashes is the house of Christians who find Jesus’ words important enough to hear but not realistic enough to live. — Dale Bruner

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Conclusion: Who Speaks Like This?

Matthew 7:28-29 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

For a helpful video overview of the book of Matthew, click here.

The ultimate question of the Sermon on the Mount from Jesus is not just “What do you think of my teaching?” but “What do you think of me?” — Douglas O’Donnell

 

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Response:

Put the words of Jesus into practice.

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“The last word of the Sermon on the Mount is the word most cherished by Jesus’ enemies: the word “great.” Jesus’ war against greatness, a war that fills his teaching career, is one of the most impressive features of Matthew’s Gospel. The quest for greatness rather than for righteousness, for the sensational rather than the simple, for doing the charismatic rather than the moral, for speaking prophetically rather than compassionately, for being up-to-date at all costs rather than a loyal disciple of Jesus in all cases, is a quest that will end only by a different kind of great—a great crash.” — Dale Bruner

 

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Click here to watch and listen to past sermons at bethaltochurch.com.

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Upcoming Events       

 

Nov 17 – Sunday – PiesCream Social – 6pm. Ice Cream bar and pie for all. ALSO ENTER A PIE IN THE PIE CONTEST. Prizes for top 3 pies!

 

Tuesdays – Open Gym Nights – 7pm-9pm – Youth Age to Adults.

 

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