Our guest preacher today is Lisa Ho, associate chaplain at Ohio Wesleyan University. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science in communications from Ball State University and a Master of Arts in higher education from Geneva College. She joined the Chaplain’s staff at Ohio Wesleyan in 2004. At OWU, Lisa serves in various capacities. As an associate chaplain, she provides support and guidance to the Christian student groups while mentoring numerous students one on one. Lisa is an academic coach in the OWU Academic Skills Center, and also designs and leads service programs and travel-learning experiences related to faith and justice. She lives in Delaware with her husband, Luong. They have three children; Tyler, Jonathan, and Jasmine. They are members of Terra Nova Community Church.
This week we are going to read the most radical thing that Jesus ever said. Jesus says a lot of great things. But this is world-changing, mess-with-your-head, everybody's-going-to-hate-this, radical. It's so good. And it's part of the pattern that we saw established last week. Jesus is revealing to his followers the principles behind the Old Testament laws. This Law was given to the ancient Hebrew people as they came out of slavery in Egypt, for their own well-being and as a testimony to the other people groups who lived around them. While in slavery, the ancient Hebrew people had been denied the opportunity to build their own society, so God gave them a solid foundation to start from. But a system of rules, no matter how complex, will always be inadequate. As we mature, we must learn how to decide what to do, not just what not to do.