We are beginning a new preaching series at Kingsview Church on Sunday, September 5th. The “Sermon on the Mount: Religion vs. Spirituality” is the theme we will be following for the next three months from Matthew 5-7.

This is an important series, because the Sermon on the Mount represents the heart of Jesus’ teaching.

The things he says in Matthew 5-7 he probably said on many different occasions, to many different audiences. The overall theme of this message is that there is a difference between being religious and being spiritual.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus makes it clear that being religious isn’t enough. To live the life we were created to live, we have to come alive spiritually, because life is a spiritual journey and God created us to be spiritual beings.

Jesus begins the Sermon on the Mount by telling us we can live a life of victory, a life of fulfillment, a life of significance. That’s the kind of life God has designed for us to live. It is not his will that his children live defeated, miserable lives.

When many of us come to him we are living miserable, defeated lives, but we don’t have to stay that way. We can live victorious and joyful Christian lives.

In fact, we often miss out on the abundant life God promises us simply because we settle for less than he wants to give us.

When trouble comes our way, we feel sorry for ourselves instead of feeling blessed. God wants to bless us and use us to bless our world.