May 21, 2017- Sunday Morning Sermon
- Series - Culture, Tradition, and Faith
- Sermon - Jesus and Tradition (Mt. 15:1-20)
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Summary: Curtis began the sermon by referring to several lessons from the past 24 months aimed at reviewing Culture, History, and Tradition in the church. These include: How to study the Bible; Our own tradition (Restoration History). Today we continue looking at this by looking at what Jesus taught about traditions. Curtis continues by stating that while we can get into trouble “idolizing” tradition, we can also value and practice tradition for the good things that it can bring. (We want to avoid castigating things done in the past or actively destroy neutral traditions. We must avoid castigating new things just on the face of their being new. Jesus’ life has lessons for us on traditions.
Culturally, tradition means long-established custom or belief that has been passed on from one generation to another. Religiously, tradition means doctrine believed to have divine authority though not in the Scriptures. In the lesson text, Mt. 15:1-20, Jewish leaders challenge Jesus as to why he allows his disciples to “break the Sabbath law” by eating from a crop while walking through a field without washing their hands. He provides details about understanding God’s law in a heaven-based perspective. By the 1st century, many traditions had grown up and carried the potential to break the revealed will of God. Practices and methods of going about doing God’s work will spring up over time (he illustrates a cycle of how a practice becomes a sacred tradition). Curtis goes over a chart that shows several practices as they began and changed through centuries. Jesus used proper traditions to build on his teachings. He also refuted improper traditions that broke or nullified God’s will (money changers in temple). As we ponder on tradition’s role in our worship and life practices, we must approach our decisions with the mind of Christ