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Habakkuk 1:1-17

by Luke Middleton | October 20, 2019

Does God Do Nothing?

In week 2 of our study through Habakkuk, we get to listen in to a conversation between the prophet Habakkuk and God.

Habakkuk 1-3

by Luke Middleton | October 13, 2019

An Overview of Habakkuk

The Old Testament book of Habakkuk allows us to watch an unfolding dialogue between Habakkuk and God. It gives us a picture of bringing our questions and concerns about God’s governing of his world to him and wrestling through those things with faith. This week we kick off a sermon series through the biblical book of Habakkuk: Faith in the Turbulence of Life.

Mark 4:1-34

by Jeremy Stuart | September, 1st 2019

Kingdom Growth

In this passage, we’ll look at Jesus’ parables of the seeds. By this chapter in Mark, Jesus has put himself in front of many and many have rejected him—from religious leaders to his own family. Jesus came preaching that the Kingdom of God was at hand. But if this is true, how do we explain his low approval rating? In this sermon, we’ll hear Jesus’ explanation of the Kingdom growth plan for both then and today.

Colossians 1:15-23

by Matt Gladd | August 25, 2019

Who is Jesus?

If someone on the street or at work were to ask you point blank, ‘Who is Jesus?,’ what would you say? If someone asked you, ‘What is this whole Christianity thing really about?,’ How do you answer that BIG question? Join us Sunday as we take a look at who Jesus is, why He came into the world, and why it matters so that when someone asks you those big questions you aren’t staring blankly at them like a deer in headlights.

A Farewell to the Ephesians

We close out our study of the biblical book of Ephesians by doing something we started with 7 months ago – reading the entire letter. We’ll recap the plan of God for the people of God and close our time considering major themes and some closing words from our boy Paul to the churches in Ephesus.

Jeremiah 29:1-7

by Bryan Page | August 11, 2019

Missions Team Feedback

What a week for the Kennebunks! One of our partner churches, Grace Pointe in Illinois, just came in and served Seven Mile Road and the Kennebunks well this past week. Throughout our time, we experienced evidences of God’s grace in big and small ways. Jesus is building his church and advancing his mission here in the Kennebunks, and we get to play a part in that. This Sunday, we’ll consider Jeremiah 29 and what it looks like for us as a church IN and FOR the Kennebunks to seek the flourishing of our community that God has placed us is. We’ll also hear stories of what the team was up to and how they helped push the ball down the field in advancing Jesus’ mission here in the Kennebunks this past week.

Spirit-filled Spiritual Warfare

We’re entering the home stretch of our time in the book of Ephesians and the Apostle Paul wants to give some parting wisdom to the church. He describes the christian life as a battle, but what does it really mean to put on the Armor of God? We’ll dig into Ephesians 6:10-20 this week and look at what this much quoted passage of scripture means for our church.

Spirit-filled Family and Work

Following talk on marriage, Paul continues with instructions on the family and work. What does Spirit-filled parenting and work look like? How can kids honor their father and mother, even in situations that seem impossible to do so? We have to see Jesus, the Master who became a servant, the Son who lost His Father so that we could become part of the family of God.

Marriage and the Big Picture Pt. 2

Marriage is a God instituted, God given gift to men and women. And it’s hard (and all my married friends said, “Amen!”). But beyond just naturally being hard, at times, we wrestle with cultural truths against biblical truths. What do we do with hard words in Ephesians 5, such as “submit” and “headship/authority” when it comes to men and women in the marriage relationship? What is that and what does that look like? And what the heck is marriage all about to begin with? As a people who want to always come under biblical revelation and God’s capital T truth, we have some work do in understanding marriage and how that works, especially in a culture that contradicts the meaning and purpose of marriage. At the end of the day, marriage is not about me. It’s not about my wife. It’s not even primarily about the “us” in marriage. Marriage is telling a much larger story – the gospel story.

Marriage and the Big Picture

Marriage is a God instituted, God given gift to men and women. And it’s hard (and all my married friends said, “Amen!”). But beyond just naturally being hard, at times, we wrestle with cultural truths against biblical truths. What do we do with hard words in Ephesians 5, such as “submit” and “headship/authority” when it comes to men and women in the marriage relationship? What is that and what does that look like? And what the heck is marriage all about to begin with? As a people who want to always come under biblical revelation and God’s capital T truth, we have some work do in understanding marriage and how that works, especially in a culture that contradicts the meaning and purpose of marriage. At the end of the day, marriage is not about me. It’s not about my wife. It’s not even primarily about the “us” in marriage. Marriage is telling a much larger story – the gospel story.

Singing Matters

Have you ever wondered why the heck we sing in church? What’s the point of the songs we sing? In the Bible, singing is a big deal for the people of God. So much so, it’s the second most commanded deal that God drops on his people. And Paul adds in Ephesians 5 that a mark of the Spirit filled life is making music to the Lord and to one another.

Filled with the Spirit

What does it mean to be filled with Spirit? What does that look like in a life? In a community? And how do we become Spirit-filled? Let’s continue to rip apart Ephesians 5 and our boy Paul’s teaching on the Spirit-filled life, as we seek to be a Spirit-filled church IN and FOR the Kennebunks.

Walking in the Light

Every curious as to why we fail to obey at times? Why we give in to temptation? Why we make dumb decisions? As our boy Paul picks away at what living the Christian life looks like in Ephesians 5, we’ll start to see that the reason we don’t always walk as children of light is because we’re not happy enough in Jesus. The way to living obedient, wise and joy filled lives is being filled with the Spirit – the One who points us to Jesus, the only one who was perfectly obedient, wise and filled with the Holy Spirit, who came an opened up a path way for the Spirit to come into our lives and fill us

Clothed in Christ

We learned a couple weeks ago in Ephesians 4 how God has given gifts for the building up of the church and that it is good to use the gifts God has given us to serve one another. God uses gifts to grow us in Christ-likeness and strengthen the church, so does that mean the Christian life is about trying really, really hard to be really, really good in order to be more like Jesus? If we can just stop doing that one sin we’ve been struggling with, will all be well and will we be fully like Jesus then? The Christian life is a community project but as we need grace to begin that life in Christ, we also need grace to continue the Christian life.

What are there Spiritual Gifts pt. 2?

Last week, we considered the equipping gifts in Ephesians 4 and how those gifts align the church so that we function in a unified way where we’re all growing in Christ-likeness and using our gifts to serve. But what about the church? What are the other gifts? What are your gifts? This week, we’ll widen our lens to other parts of the New Testament and consider the gifts that are thrown down for the building up of the body.

What are the Gifts?

Jesus has given his church gifts. People over the years have labeled these spiritual gifts. As we seek to embrace a theology and practice of the gifts in the church, we have to ask and think through exactly what those gifts are. In Ephesians 4:11, Paul gives us a list of equipping gifts – the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists and the pastor/teachers. What are these gifts about? And what’s their aim? As we live out our unity in Jesus in the church, we have to recognize we’re different, and even to a certain extent, out of alignment. These gifts, that our boy Paul lays out for us, are given so that the body – aka the church – will be put into alignment, so that the church will know how they are to serve and do it in a way where we can grow, mature and flourish as we use those gifts to bring God glory and meet people’s needs.

Growing Up in Christ

Our boy Paul in Ephesians has laid down that the plan of God is to make people alive, new and united to one another. A common thought in Christianity is that now that new life happens, we’re to have everything figured out. But that’s not the case. We are spiritually immature but not not meant to stay immature. We are to grow, but will need the gifts and involvement of others in the Christian community to help us along the journey. Especially within the framework of gospel, safety and time.

Luke 24:13-35

by Bryan Page | April 21, 2019

Meeting the Real Jesus in Ordinary Life

The unexpected happened. In Luke 24, on a seven mile road from Jerusalem to Emmaus, the risen Jesus shows up to 2 people who’s hopes were dashed, dreams were crushed. They don’t recognize him at first because he shows up in such an ordinary, normal way. Along a road. In the midst of a conversation. But eventually, eyes are opened. Hearts are ablaze. Hope is restored because of the risen Jesus.

United in Christ

The world will know God’s power is at work in the world when it looks at the church and sees people once apart, once in hostility towards each other, now together. Now getting along. But more than just getting along and calming the hostility, in Christ, we are united to one another. The church, in Christ, is to have the strongest bond to one another ever. But this doesn’t come easily. How do we become what we are in Christ?

The Mystery in Christ

As God’s plan for God’s people unfolds over time, God is both executing His plan and revealing His plan. Paul shares that in this unfolding plan, the Holy Spirit has revealed a previously-unknown aspect of God’s plan—that is, in Christ, Jews and Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the same promises. Paul’s mission was to share his insight into the unsearchable riches of Christ so that through the church made up for both Jews and Gentiles, the manifold wisdom of God could be put on display.

Peace in Christ

Racism is a deplorable reality within human society. Yes, even in the Kennebunks. But so is social class favoritism, economic favoritism, or any other way that we elevate our human identity over another. The Bible says humanity tends to do this, for a sense of security and identity, because a universal thread in every heart – sin. In Ephesians 2:11-18, Paul lays out that this was the very case between Jews and Gentiles. The Jewish people, the people of God, had God’s laws, commandments, covenants and promises, and they were to use that to be a blessing. But instead, they used it to say they had the upper hand on Gentiles. This created a wall of hostility and hatred. What is God’s solution to this? How will things ever change in regards to racism, elitism, or favoritism because of our identity? The peace of Christ, which comes because Jesus killed the ultimate hostility and eliminated the ultimate wall between humanity and God on the cross. And now? We have peace with God. And the gospel working and in and through us empowers us to live with peace and equality with all types of people.

Salvation in Christ

This week we’ll be moving into Ephesians chapter 2 and we’ll be looking at a gospel play in 3 acts that takes place in verses 1-10. Paul is challenging and encouraging this young church in Ephesus, and the gospel arc that he lays out is very relevant for us today. What does it mean to be saved? What are we saved from? And what do we do now?

Christ our Head

We encounter towards the end of Ephesians 1 a really cool reality. God’s power is at work in the world. In a very specific sense, Jesus is head over all of creation and the church, which is his body. What does it mean he’s head over all creation? And the church? How is this a comforting and really cool reality?

Pauls Prayer for the Church

Our boy Paul lays down a model prayer for the Christians in Ephesus. People he loved. And what’s amazing is that he doesn’t pray for their circumstances. He prays for their hearts to be enlightened, to be blown away in spite of their circumstances by the plan and love of God in Christ. He prays for wisdom and revelation around the riches that Christians have in Christ. Amazing. What are the riches we have? And what’s the test to know that we have these riches?

Our Possession in Christ

Truth. Gospel. Hope. Glory. A deposit. Some huge words that Jesus’ boy Paul drops in Ephesians 1:11-14. All of these words point us towards what it means to become a Christian and what it means to live the Christian life. When we begin to catch a glimpse of the good news announced to us of what God has done in Jesus, and the future glory that’s coming down the pike to us, we’ll be people who are able to let go of anything in this life in order grab a hold of what’s coming. Jesus gave up everything in order to get us – so what’s holding us back?

The Plan of Christ

In Ephesians 1, Jesus’ apostle Paul is laying out some huge truths about the plan of God for the people God. And what we start to realize as we consider what he’s saying, is that everything in history that has happened, is happening and will happen is part of God’s huge plan. He is uniting opposites. Bringing things in heaven and things on earth to unity. That’s incredible. But how that plan unfolds creates questions. Does God have a predetermined plan that negates human free will? Do we make choices that interfere with that plan? Do we just sit back and let things unfold because we don’t play any part in anything? All big questions that human being wrestle with. We’ll kick around some Bible on this, but at the end of the day, the central point in all of history points to and is hinged on the person and work of Jesus Christ. It’s in him that all things – in heaven and on earth – will find ultimately unity.

Blessed in Christ

This week we kicked off the Ephesians series with a bang. Luke looked at Paul’s intro to the letter and was able to pull out some amazing Gospel truths just from the first 8 verses.

The Plan of God for the People of God Trailer

Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. You’ll need an oxygen tank after reading through this. An amazing dose of the glory of God, the plan of God, the gospel of God, for the people of God. You’ll feel the full care, love and pastoral instruction from a pastor who loved these people in Ephesus. We’ll consider (and consider, and consider) the plan of God in salvation. We’ll feel the reality of humanity apart from God. We’ll catch the beautiful reconciliation that happens between God and humanity, and the beautiful reconciliation that Jesus brings among people groups once divided. We’ll revel in a pastor who prays for his people that they would experience, and not just know intellectually, gospel realities. We’ll think through the church. Spiritual gifts. Membership in the life of the church. Roles in the life of the church. The new life we’re called to run. The Spirit-filled life. Singing in the church. Marriage. Work. Children and families. Spiritual warfare. And in it all, as we sit under the beauty of these inspired words, we’ll put ourselves in a position to be blown away by the glory of God at work, in and through His church.

Generosity and Jesus

In our final message in our series on biblical generosity, we encounter a dude named Zacchaeus, a rich tax collector. Not a popular guy by any means, he meets Jesus and is radically converted and changed. A changed life, a reformed life, a biblically generous life is not the result of moral reform on our part. It first and foremost comes from a radical conversion that Jesus brings. And what’s wild about Christianity is that Jesus brings conversion to us. To the wild God hater. To the anti-Christian/church person. To the drug addict. To the porn addict. To the hardworking. To the religious. When we meet and encounter the real Jesus, a life of biblical generosity will begin to take shape and flow out.

Generosity and Money pt 1

While biblical generosity doesn’t primarily focus on money, it certainly deals with how we view and use our money. So, how do we develop a heart of biblical generosity when it comes to our finances? How do we avoid the spiritual dangers of being blinded by and captivated by money? It’s only as we see and are filled the reality of the true rich, young Ruler Jesus, who gave up the riches of heaven to come down and rescue a spiritually bankrupt people like us, will we be able to develop an open handedness when it comes to our finances.

Generosity and Serving

A commonly kicked around phrase in some churches goes a little like this: “We’re not just a place for consumers to get their needs met, but we’re a place where we come to serve.” We like to put it at Seven Mile Road like this: “We’re an every member ministry. Everybody is in on this deal.” As we continue to think through biblical generosity, we’ll look at Luke 9:49-10:2, considering how we give away our time, talents and resources in serving others. At the end of the day, we are a sent people, but not only to serve people’s needs. It’s first a sent-ness outside of ourselves, to Jesus. Biblical generosity is a life of radical self-donation, rather than a life of self-centered fulfillment. And the first step of sent-ness is outside of ourselves, towards Jesus, which will propel us to be in the long run, others focused.

The Liberating Power of Christ our Advocate

This Sunday, we’ll break from our teaching series through biblical generosity and hear from the Plocinski family, who are a part of Seven Mile Road and are in the midst of planting the gospel in York, ME. Ron and Melissa have been in the trenches for 2 years planting Renew Community Church. We’ll hear from both Ron and Melissa their story, how God is at work in York, and how we can come along side them as they continue to follow God’s call to see people in York meet and follow the real Jesus. Ron will also open the Scriptures briefly and share with us a vision for why they’re doing what they’re doing.

Generosity and Hospitality

The gospel creates a generous people. Often times, generosity flows out – but what about hospitality? If we are going to be a biblically generous people when it comes to hospitality, it will mean that we have to let people in. Into our personal space and into our lives. That’s gospel hospitality. Welcoming people into the space of our lives. Treating strangers and outcasts as friends, with hopes of them becoming part of the family of God.

Generosity and Relationships

The gospel creates a generous people. That’s the big idea of our series on biblical generosity. The question this week is, “What does it look like to live with relational generosity?” We can be financially generous, but live private, set apart lives away from people. Especially difficult people. People who have wronged us, or give nothing back in return. If we don’t have one of the main Christian characteristics flowing through us – forgiveness – then we will be ungenerous relationally. The forgiveness we receive from Jesus is the power to make us relationally generous people.

Revelation 21:1-6; Revelation 22:1-7

by Bryan Page | December 2, 2018

A Future Hope – Resurrected Bodies and Everlasting Life

In an appropriate end to the Apostles Creed, we look to a future hope that grounds us and shapes us even as we live today as we look at Revelation 21 and 22. We have a future hope that promises resurrected bodies and life everlasting. We have a future hope that can change our lives and the way we live if we truly allow it into our lives. And what a great way to kick off the Advent season! God incarnate, Jesus Christ, has come down into the mess of our world with a message of hope, the first theme of the Advent season.

John 1:9-14 and 1 John 1:9

by Bryan Page | November 25, 2018

Forgiveness of Sins

To hear the words, “You’re a sinner” can mean different things, depending on who is saying it and who is receiving it. Often times, to hear someone tell you that feels like, “I’m awful, but the other person is good.” But the Scriptures point us to a very true reality – the universality of sin. Nobody escapes it. Nobody is nailing it. We’re all up the creek here. And the radicalness of sin goes deeper than what we understand sin to be. But – if you know you’re a sinner and you hear that God loves you in Jesus, who came to die for you and forgive you, in spite of you, then you will be a person growing in humility, confidence, love for others and joy.

The Holy Catholic Church and Communion of Saints

Who is the church and what is the church to be? These are the 2 big questions we wrestle with as we continue to roll through the Apostles Creed, encountering “the holy catholic church and the communion of saints.” And yet, as we do, there’s some work to do. Believing in the importance of the church, historically and currently, is a challenge. Why? Because the church has let us down. It isn’t always what God designed it to be. That’s because you and I occupy it. And yet – we won’t truly find God unless we deal with the church. It’s who Jesus died for. And it’s the church that God intends to use as the primary means of making disciples.

The Holy Spirit

“I believe in the Holy Spirit” is something that we might say, but we might not always know what it means. This week we’ll be looking at God the Holy Spirit and the role that he plays in our life, the life of the early church, and the life and ministry of Jesus. Thankfully, the Holy Spirit is not a far off ghostly being, but an advocate and a helper that is equipping us to glorify God in every aspect of our lives. We are not meant to be alone as a people or as a church and we’ll be learning what it really means to live a Spirit filled life.

Judging the Living and the Dead

“He shall come to judge the living and the dead.” Some people think the belief about a judgment day, or a judging God, is barbaric – but the reality is that we need a judgment day. We need a God who judges at the end of the day. But instead of viewing it primarily through a superficial, cultural lens, we want to be people who see judgment day through the lens of the good news of Jesus Christ, what Christianity calls the gospel. Through it, we’ll be able to understand and rejoice as everyday people of God.

He descended into hell, and rose again the third day

“He descended into hell, and on the third day he rose again.” Whoa, hold up. Wait a minute. Did Jesus go down into a literal place called hell? Where did he rise from? What does all of this mean?!! Great questions. And we’ll spend this Sunday picking apart the most controversial part of the Apostles Creed, “he descended into hell.” Sinners, who lost the presence of God and are on a trajectory to losing it forever, have access to the presence of God forever because of the work of Jesus on the cross and what he experienced on the cross for us. And to boot – this whole third day, rising from the grave stuff? His resurrection means that the debt we owed was actually paid, in full, by Jesus! This is great news!

The Seated Christ: Reigning and Interceding

The Apostles’ Creed shows us the past accomplishments of Jesus — His life, death, and resurrection. But it doesn’t stop there. It captures the present reality regarding Jesus by showing us that He is ruling and reigning from the right hand of the Father. From this place of supreme authority, He makes His enemies His footstool while interceding for His people.

Suffered, Crucified, Dead and Buried

In John 18 & 19, we encounter a steel cage match between 2 governments, or 2 kingdoms. You have the politics of Jesus and the politics of the world, which Pilate represents. And if you do the Christian thing, you’re faced with a similar showdown as you live in culture. Which side do you fall on? The incredible reality is that the politics of Jesus do not require us to pick red or blue, conservative or liberal, because the politics of Jesus are neither. And at the end of the day, the way of Jesus leads to suffering, death and burial – but it’s the true pathway to life.

Jesus Christ His Son, our Lord

What does it mean that Jesus is God’s Son and our Lord? Jesus is often referred to as Lord, but what are we saying when we call him that? Our hearts may feel warmed by God’s Son coming at Christmastime, but our hearts will only be changed when we see and understand who he actually was as Lord.

God the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth Pt. 2

In Genesis 1 and 2, we catch the account of God creating creation. The Apostles Creed tells us that God the Father Almighty is the …”Maker of heaven and earth.” And here’s where it get’s fun. How did that happen? Is there any reasonable rationale to evolution? Should we read it literally, as though God worked six 24 hour days, and took the seventh off? Is there some huge time gaps in between days? At the end of the day, the doctrine of creation and the Genesis account is not so much about the method of creation, but the meaning of creation. People will continue to have differing opinions, but when all is said and done, the doctrine of creation should blow us away when we consider the why and purpose behind God creating.

God the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth Pt. 1

“I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of Heaven and Earth.” What an incredible statement. Who is this God that Christians have boldly professed, followed and been changed by for thousands of years? The Creed shows us that He is Triune – Father, Son and Spirit. But as we see this week, he is a Father who cares for us, and is a God who is powerful. Jesus’ prayer in Matthew 6 helps us unpack exactly that. And the truth of the matter is this – when you encounter a God who is powerful AND caring to you, in spite of you, it will not leave you the same.

I Believe

What does Seven Mile Road believe? What are the core tenets of belief that we are hanging on to like a pit bull with lock jaw? And to boot – what the heck is a creed? We’re glad you asked. Starting this Sunday, we’re going to jump into the deep end of all of those questions by looking at a historical doctrinal document that has served the Christian Church for centuries, the Apostles Creed. To kick things off, we’ll look at the very first statement of the Creed, “I Believe”, and why believing is different that knowing and why it’s essential to us as human beings, as we pick apart Romans 10:8-10.

1 Peter 2

This Sunday marks a milestone – one year since Seven Mile Road began to gather publicly! And what a year it has been. Jesus being made much of. A church being born. People coming to new life in Jesus. Baptisms. Meals. Worship. Laughter. Learning. Working through conflict. More meals. And a growing heart to be a church IN and FOR the Kennebunks. And the question we’re faced with now is huge. What now?

Acts 2

by Matthew Repucci | August 26, 2018

Acts 2

This week we dig into Acts chapter 2 to see what it looked like as the early Church put these ways for Kingdom living into practice. What we find is transformed lives, families and communities. Our prayer is that the Holy Spirit will impact our church and community here at SMR Kennebunk in the same way.

Jesus and Authentic Christianity

Modern culture says there are many ways that lead to God. There are different teachers, teaching a different spirituality, and at the end of the day, a tolerant and loving view in our culture accepts this. And there are many who do good, even in the name of Jesus. But in Matthew 7:15-29, Jesus controversially lays down teaching that says, “Not every road leads to God. Some teachers are actually wolves who will hurt you and your faith. And not everybody who does good in my name is known by me.” Is what Jesus teaching incredibly intolerant, or a pathway to authentic Christianity?

Matthew 7:7-14

by Bryan Page | August 12, 2018

Jesus and the Way

In Matthew 7:7-14, Jesus is beginning to conclude the Sermon on the Mount by driving home what he’s been teaching all along. There are 2 ways, 2 paths, 2 kinds of life – but not just good versus bad. Throughout, Jesus has alluded to the fact that there are 2 kinds of “good” people, who attempt to live out the kingdom of God life, but for completely different reasons. We’ll see this week that one way is the narrow way, which leads to freedom, while the other, the broad way, leads to narrowness.

Jesus and Pigs

In Matthew 7:6, we encounter a hard teaching from Jesus. Is Jesus teaching Christians to not deal with people who are hard cases, people who are hostile? Should we not waste our time sharing the gospel and our time with people who are resistant to the truths of Christianity? Jesus’ teaching gives much truth about the reality of all human hearts apart from the great pearl of truth, the gospel of Jesus Christ. When we understand and grasp the human condition apart from the grace of God, it not only humbles Christians in their interactions with people who don’t believe, but it changes our entire approach to how we share our faith and the truth about Christianity. It’s only when we see the beauty of the pearl – the gospel of Jesus in our own lives as a gift to us, will we be able to encounter a teaching like this from Jesus rightly. It also never closes the door on any human being having an encounter with Jesus.

Jesus and Judgement

As we continue to work our way through the Sermon on the Mount we will dig into one of the most familiar passages in the sermon about Judgement. We’ll take a look at the practical side of what judgement is and is not, and the impact that judgement has on those around us. Most importantly, we’ll look at the impact that judgement has on our own hearts and the freedom that we can find in Jesus.

Jesus and Anxiety

In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus deals with anxiety. What is anxiety and where does it come from? How do we deal with it? Depending on what our treasure is and where our focus is will determine how we live. The rested soul in Jesus has their eyes fixed on seeking God and His righteousness first and foremost.

Jesus and Our Treasure

In Matthew 6:19-24, Jesus addresses a very crucial topic that affects all of us – money. Whether we have lots of it or little of it, money has a certain influence over us, if we allow it to. Jesus alludes to the fact that it’s not just a problem, but a rival god. And at the end of the day, “… where our treasure is, there our heart will be.” We are driven by what we truly love. It’s only when we see Jesus losing his everything, including his life, to make us his treasure will we be willing to give up our treasures to make him our true treasure.

Matthew 6:1-15 Part 6

by Pastor Bryan | July 1, 2018

The Lord’s Prayer Part 6

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Matthew 6:1-15 Part 4

by Pastor Bryan | June 17, 2018

The Lord’s Prayer Part 4

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Psalm 130

by Barry Murry | June 3, 2018

Psalm 130

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Matthew 6:1-15 Part II

by Pastor Bryan | May 27, 2018

The Lord’s Prayer Part II

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Matthew 6:1-15

by Pastor Bryan | May 20, 2018

The Lord’s Prayer

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Acts 2:28-34

by Matt Kruse | May 13, 2018

Gospel Community

Sermon Description coming soon!

Matthew 5:38-42

by Pastor Bryan | May 6, 2018

Jesus and Anger

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Matthew 5:21-26

by Pastor Bryan | Mar 25 2018

Jesus and Anger

In Matthew 5:21-26. Jesus lays down some pretty harsh reality. Ever called someone a moron? Referred to someone as an idiot? Have you ever held a grudge? Are you currently holding a grudge? Treated someone with indifference, as if they don’t even exist? The law reveals to us that if we have – and we have – then we are guilty of murder. But the law is a schoolmaster, showing us what’s true and what our need is. In Jesus, we have a pathway to a healing relationship with God, with others, and the power to live as a counter-cultural people IN and FOR the Kennebunks.

Matthew 5:17-20

by Pastor Bryan | Mar 18 2018

Jesus and the Bible

In a pluralistic culture, there are many views of the Bible. Some will say it’s irrelevant. Some will say it’s absolutely true. And some will take some if it, and toss the rest. In Matthew 5:17-20, Jesus throws some serious weight around when it comes to the inspiration and authority of the Bible. But more than just trying to convince people the Bible is true, inspired, authoritative and is about us obeying it, Jesus points to a greater reality. The Bible points to, and is all about Jesus. The lens we use when taking in the Bible matters and can change everything.

Matthew 5:10-12

by Matt Coleman | Mar 4 2018

Blessed are the Persecuted

The Beatitudes conclude in a pretty intense way. Jesus tells us that we are blessed when we are persecuted because of righteousness, for ours is the Kingdom of Heaven. How do we reconcile that living the life that Jesus calls us to will include persecution? Why is this an expected and necessary part of a life devoted to following Jesus? What does it mean that the Kingdom of Heaven is ours?

Matthew 5:9

by Pastor Bryan | Feb 25 2018

Blessed are the Peacemakers

What does it mean to have peace? Throughout the Scriptures, peace is not just the removal of animosity. It is the shalom of all of creation, something Cornelius Plantinga calls “a rich state of affairs in which natural needs are satisfied and natural gifts fruitfully employed, a state of affairs that inspires joyful wonder as its Creator and Savior opens doors and welcomes the creatures in whom he delights. Shalom, in other words, is the way things ought to be.” As people of Jesus’ kingdom, who have experienced the peace that Jesus brings to us through his sacrifice, we’re now called to advocate and work towards peacemaking – especially as we seek to be a church IN and FOR the Kennebunks.

Matthew 5:8

by Pastor Bryan | Feb 18 2018

Blessed are the Pure in Heart

In Matthew 5:8, Jesus points us to a true mark of Christianity – purity of the heart. The heart is the command center of an entire life, and it’s only when there has been, and continues to be, a transformation of the heart, that we will be able to see God at work. The purity that Jesus is after is about transforming hearts and making new lives, and not just reforming character and making nice lives.

Matthew 5:7

by Luke Middleton | Feb 11 2018

Blessed are the Merciful

Jesus’ teaching ministry in Matthew’s gospel is focused on proclaiming the gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven. In Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, Jesus describes what life in the Kingdom looks like and specifically in the Beatitudes, He describes qualities found in citizens of the Kingdom. God’s Kingdom is a Kingdom marked by mercy because mercy is a core attribute of King of the Kingdom. It is in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ that we see the most vivid act of mercy done on our behalf so that we could be brought into the Kingdom of Heaven.

Matthew 5:6

by Pastor Bryan | Feb 4 2018

Blessed are the Hungry and Thirsty 

In Matthew 5:6, Jesus gives us an essential piece of the gospel. If you want to have the blessedness of the kingdom, you have to confess that you don’t have a righteousness of your own. God alone can give us his righteousness, in Jesus, and when we are people hungering and thirsting for a righteousness outside of ourselves, Jesus tells us that we will be filled.

Blessed are the Meek

In Matthew 5:5, Jesus claims that the person who inherits the earth is a person who is meek. But what is meekness? Is it a wishy-washy person? Is it someone who is docile and overly compliant? Someone who doesn’t exert authority or strength in any way? Is meekness the same as weakness? Jesus is not pointing us to a person who is weak. A kingdom life steeped in meekness is a person who has an attitude and disposition of humble submission to God’s will towards God himself, their own lives and to other people.

Matthew 5:3-4

by Pastor Bryan | Jan 21 2018

Blessed are the Poor in Spirit and Those Who Mourn

In a culture that says that those who are happy, thriving and succeeding are the ones who are capable, sufficient and have it all together, the words of Jesus at the beginning of the Beatitudes create quite a lifestyle contrast. In God’s kingdom, it is those who are spiritually poor and recognize sin for what it is that will gain the kingdom of heaven and who will be comforted.

The Counter-Cultural Community

Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount has provided us with some of the most intriguing literature and ethical bombs that people have ever read. It lays down the most counter-cultural teachings that our world has ever seen, and some of the most difficult ethics to live out as Christians.
What exactly does Jesus teach us in the Sermon? How are we to go about living out the Sermon on the Mount? Can we live this out? Who is the hero of the Sermon on the Mount? What will it look like for Seven Mile Road to be a counter-cultural community in and for the Kennebunks? Over the next 8 months, we’ll strive to answer these questions and a ton more.