Matthew 5:38-42 Let It Go

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Jesus teaches his hearers that the true life of a disciple cannot be focused on the self. Matthew 5:38-42 38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if …

5:33-37 I Pledge Allegiance…

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What does Jesus’ warning to us about swearing oaths have to do with living day in and day out? Pastor Eric explains how this teaching from the Sermon on the Mount seeps into every corner of our lives. Matthew 5:33-37 33 “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord …

5:31-32 Divorce Is Not The Unpardonable Sin…But it Sure Does Hurt

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Marriage, divorce, and remarriage are incredibly serious issues. Thankfully, Jesus has a word to guide us, help us, and restore us in these areas. Pastor Eric teaches from this short section in the Sermon on the Mount about divorce and remarriage. Taking the title from a small book by pastor Robert Strickland, we learn that while divorce is not the …

5:27-30 A Reward Worth The Sacrifice

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Jesus teaches about the letter and the spirit of the law regarding the issues of adultery and lust. Matthew 5:27-30 27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye …

5:21-26 Anger Kills

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Jesus gets very personal in this text as he points to the ugliness of the sin that dwells deep in our hearts. We probably wouldn’t think of ourselves as murderers, but that is exactly what Jesus calls us. Matthew 5:21-26 21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be …

5:17-20 Jesus and the Law

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As Christians, are we supposed to follow the Old Testament Law, or do we just leave it in the past and walk in grace? In this text, Jesus tells us what he thinks about the Law and how we are supposed to approach it. Matthew 5:17-20 17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; …

5:13-16 Salt and Light

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Jesus tells us two truths about our world and three truths about what kind of disciples we are to be in this world. Salt and light and critical elements to the survival of humanity and for the advancement of the Kingdom of God. Matthew 5:13-16 13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how …

5:10-12 The Paradox of Persecution

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How can persecution result in blessing and joy? It seems like an impossibility. In this final beatitude, however, Jesus teaches us otherwise. Matthew 5:10-12 10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on …