National Speakers: John Cortines and Bob Lupton
In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus speaks of needs being generously met and lives being freed to love others. The sermon was his “white paper” on giving generously of your time, talents and treasure. Jesus explained that joy and blessing were found in pursuing God and His agenda. What topic then was most prevalent on Jesus’ agenda as He spoke that day on a mountainside? What was the main “talking point” as He sought to develop godly leaders? It was money. In Jesus’ inaugural address, He clearly outlined the theme of His leadership focus during His three- and half-year term on earth: . . . good news to the poor, freedom for prisoners, and release for the oppressed. Jesus was known for His compassion. His driving mantra was to love God and love your neighbor. His “neighbors” were the people nearby – His family, His team, and those whom His Heavenly Father brought near him each day.