You Have Heard It Said: The Kingdom of Heaven is Near

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Fill in the blank:

  • Tis' better to have loved and lost than never to have _____________.

  • The world is your _______________.

  • If at first you don't succeed, _________________.

(*just in case this stumped you answers are on the bottom)

If you grew up in a native English speaking home, you probably heard some version of these sayings. Recently, a study concluded that as our environments get noisier, our brains adapt to fill in the missing parts of any conversation we hear. This can be quite helpful on a busy street...however, familiarity often leads to misunderstanding. We think we know what's being said and jump to an inaccurate conclusion. For instance, the saying "you've got another thing coming" is actually "you've got another think coming." According to linguists, the original saying was, "If you think that, you've got another think coming." Meaning, if you are sure about a thought you're having, just wait and another thought will come.

The Sunday, we begin a series about some of the ways that Jesus reframed and continues to reframe many of the common thoughts and sayings of Judaism and the surrounding culture. Jesus highlights some of these thoughts in a section of scripture known as The Sermon on the Mount. When Jesus is about to reframe a common thought, he often begins with, "You have heard it said..." For the next four weeks, we're going to talk about some of the ways we have heard, interpreted, or asserted so-called Christian beliefs. This week, Pastor Sarah will share that if you think you know what the Kingdom of Heaven is...you've got another think coming! 

Answers:
a. loved at all.
b. oyster.
c. try, try again! 

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