Mount Pleasant Christian Church
"Blessed or Cursed"
Let’s Talk about Jesus Part Seventy-Eight “Blessed or Cursed” Text: Matthew 25:31-46 (NIV)
Locations & Times
  • Mount Pleasant Christian Church
    381 N Bluff Rd, Greenwood, IN 46142, United States
    Saturday 6:00 PM, Sunday 8:45 AM, Sunday 10:00 AM, Sunday 11:30 AM
First, next week we begin our new Sunday service schedule: 9:15 and 11:00.
Second, next week begins our “Room for Doubt” sermon series.
If you have a question for Mark, you can submit it at
Third, we’ve got new Financial Peace University and The Legacy Journey classes beginning on September 15th. If you’d like to learn more or sign up you can do that online at
The word for “nations” is the Greek word ethnos and has the basic meaning of every person alive on earth when Jesus returns.
Is Jesus saying that salvation is the result of works? No, for two reasons.
First, the Bible clearly teaches us that we’re saved by God’s grace that’s received in our lives by faith. And the Bible doesn’t contradict itself. Ephesians 2:8-10. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (NIV)
Second, the Bible clearly teaches us that our works (our good works) are not the cause of our salvation, they are the result or the effect of our salvation. I go back to Ephesians 2:10, For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (NIV) The fundamental message of Jesus words about the sheep and the goats is that people who are genuine followers of Christ will love and care about others.
1. Open your eyes to the opportunities around you.
While you can’t fix world hunger for everyone you can fix it for someone.
2. Don’t worry about whether anyone notices.
Here’s a great question for all of us to consider: Who do you consider the “least of these?” And I guess what I’m really asking is “Would you place any restrictions” on how you defined “the least of these?”
I want to challenge every single person listening to me today (live and online) to make the commitment to notice and respond to someone in need. And when you do – let me know about it. Send an email to and put Pastor Chris in the subject line. I want to hear stories about Mount Pleasant people noticing and responding to need.