Title: “Inside Out Upside Down Living” – Sermon by Loren Houltberg (Date: July 9th 2023)
In his transformative sermon, “Inside Out Upside Down Living,” Loren Houltberg draws upon Matthew 5:3-11, among other biblical passages, to provide a profound exploration of Christian living. This sermon focuses on the concept of living a Christ-centric life, where one’s actions and attitudes reflect the teachings and grace of Jesus Christ.
Houltberg brings to light the significance of Galatians 2:20, where the apostle Paul talks about living by faith in Christ. This perspective forms the core of the sermon, setting the stage for a deeper understanding of the Beatitudes from Matthew 5:3-11.
Each Beatitude, from recognizing the blessings in being “poor in spirit” and those who mourn, to extolling the virtues of meekness, righteousness, mercy, purity of heart, peacemaking, and standing for righteousness in the face of persecution, is thoroughly explored. The sermon emphasizes the “inside out” change that must occur in a believer’s life – internal transformation leading to external action.
Highlighted is the crucial understanding that the call to Christian living often goes against societal norms, represented by the “upside-down” aspect of the sermon’s title. The sermon challenges believers to check their egos at the door, practice mercy, pursue personal and public righteousness, and strive for a heart uncluttered by worry.
In a world that often promotes self-centered perspectives, this sermon offers an alternative approach to living that mirrors the teachings of Christ, fostering a life of faith, humility, love, and peace.