Weekend Message Takeaway: “Who Do You Want to Be?”

This past weekend, we kicked off “The Sermon that Changed the World,” our 11-week series through the Sermon on the Mount. In this message, Pastor Doug gave us a synopsis of the Beatitudes, explaining the presence of the Kingdom of God on earth and the power of the promises of God. 

Watch the video below to see a few highlights from the teaching and share it with your friends via social media. To watch the message in its entirety, click here.


Let’s recap some of the key talking points from Pastor Doug's teaching this weekend:

The Kingdom of God Is “Already But Not Yet” (Matthew 3:2, 4:17, 5:3, 10): The Kingdom of God is already here; it is present wherever God’s will is done in and through us. It is the range of God’s effective will. God’s reign is all around you—it’s the natural home of your soul! Jesus is emphasizing that the kingdom of God is not far off and way later, but available and directly accessible to us through Him.

Consider how Jesus taught His disciples to pray: “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10 NIV). Jesus is inviting us to stop waiting until we go to heaven, and pray that we may experience heaven come down. You see, we live in the space between—it’s present but not in its fullness. It’s already come down—in the form of salvation and redemption through Jesus and the coming of the Holy Spirit—but not yet fully realized, as we live in a fallen and lost world.

For Every Promise of God, the World Offers a Tempting Counterfeit (Matthew 4:1–11): What the world offers always looks beautiful, wondrous, and appealing, but the truth is it’s fake. It’s a counterfeit, a cheap knock-off, devoid of any true, lasting value. In Matthew 4, Jesus explains three temptations and lies the world offers: 1) to feed the flesh by gratifying the desires of the body (flesh), 2) to step outside God’s path and will in favor or our own selfish ambitions, and 3) to compromise our faith for fame, power, and wealth.

The pull of the world will always be toward these counterfeit things, these vain, empty pursuits that simply keep us distracted from all that we could experience of God’s heavenly kingdom. They pull us in different directions to take us off the path of God’s will and purposes. But in the end, these things never satisfy and always leave us emptier and further away from experiencing heaven on earth.

Jesus Invites Us to Live by Kingdom Values and Find Freedom (Matthew 5:1–10): While the world tries to sell us on the counterfeits, Jesus tells us that true happiness can be experienced when we live by kingdom values! When we live these kingdom values, we will know the life that is truly life, the life that God created us to experience, the free life Jesus came to set us free to live!

Freedom is the capacity to fully be who God created us to be. So, who are you going to be this year?

New Year’s Challenge: Read the Sermon on the Mount each week for the next 11 weeks. Let it soak into your soul and crowd out the voices of the world. Don’t be discouraged by what may be perceived as unattainable standards. Instead, be full of hope and joy knowing the Holy Spirit will lead you and empower you if you come with a humble heart, an available mind, and willing spirit to do what He directs you to do.

Quote to Remember: Don’t build your life on the counterfeit; invest in the real kingdom.—Pastor Doug Sauder

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About the Author

Danny Saavedra

Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.