What are the RED LETTERS referred to?

Today the life and the words of Jesus—the ones that were highlighted in red letters in old Bibles—could not be more relevant to the world we now live in. Especially when the red letters stand in stark contrast to many of the things America has come to adore. “Sell your possessions and give the money to the poor” doesn’t win many friends on Wall Street. “If you want to find your life, then give it away” sounds a lot different from the gospel of the Kardashians.



Red Letter Christians is a movement that holds the teachings of Jesus — which

are highlighted in red letters in many Bibles —  as central to our understanding

of the Bible.  Christ is the lens through which we interpret the Word — and the

world.  Not only do we have words on paper but the Word becomes flesh — in


There are many passages in those red letters… but here are a few that have

shaped us as a movement.  We encourage you to explore God’s word, both the

stuff in red and the stuff in black.  And we invite you to give Jesus a chance,

even in spite of the embarrassing things we Christians have done in his name.

The Beatitudes

Matthew 5:3-12

Jesus said:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.“

Sermon on the Mount

To hear the Matthew 5-7 read by Shane, see video below.

Matthew Chapters 5-7

  • The Good Shepherd

John 10:1-18

  • Relationships

Matthew 18:15-35

  • New Birth

John 3:1-21

Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good

deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:16

  • Jesus sends the disciples

Matthew 10:5-42

  • Parable of the Sower and Seeds

Mark 4:1-25

  • The Rich Young Ruler

Mark 10:17-22

  • Parable of the Two Sons

Matthew 21:28-32

When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your

kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us

our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And

lead us not into temptation.

Luke 11:2-4

  • The Greatest Commandment

Mark 12:28-34

  • The Good Samaritan

Luke 10:25-37

  • The Goats and the Sheep

Matthew 25:31-46

Whoever wants to save their life will lose it,
but whoever loses their life for me will save it.

Luke 9:24

  • The Heart of Man

Mark 7:18-23

  • Discipleship is Costly

Luke 9:23-27

  • The Woman at the Well

John 4:7-26

  • Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Feet

John 13:5-20

  • Jesus Comforts and Prays for Disciples

John 14-17

  • Jesus Disarms Peter

John 18:10-11

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth… for where

your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 6:19-21

  • The Lost Sheep

Luke 15:3-7

  • Stumbling Blocks

Mark 9:42-50

  • The Great Commission

Matthew 28:18-20

  • Jesus Reconciles Peter

John 21:15-17

In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome

the world.

John 16:33

To find all lectionary readings for the coming week, please check out Vanderbilt’s

site here.

See another great short video with Tony Campolo here.




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