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Aug 13, 2017 Just Like Dad Matthew 5:43-48 – German pastor and anti-Nazi dissident Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote, “In the New Testament our enemies are those who harbor hostility against us… The Christian must treat his enemy as a brother, and requite his hostility with love. His behavior must Listen Download
Aug 6, 2017 No Personal Retaliation Matthew 5:38-42 – Dr. Martin Luther King was known for his non-violent protests and his sermons about answering hate with love. One sermon that he wrote from a Georgia jail was based on Matthew 5. In it he said: “My friends, Listen Download
Jul 30, 2017 A Simple Yes or No Matthew 5:33-37 – Just as Jesus spoke about the value of marriage into a culture that did NOT value it, so Jesus now speaks of credibility (i.e. word keeping) into a culture that, very much like ours, had no intention of Listen Download
Jul 23, 2017 The Value of Marriage Matthew 5:31-32 – It may surprise you to learn that the religious leaders in first century Judaism didn’t have an especially high view of marriage. Just as they had missed God’s heart regarding adultery, they also missed God’s heart regarding the value Listen Download
Jul 16, 2017 Love in the Form of a Warning Matthew 5:27-30 – In spite of our human abilities to reform our lives, Christ drills down to the heart of the matter, our internal sinful nature. Jesus lovingly warns his hearers that sin leads to eternal destruction and that we must Listen Download
Jul 9, 2017 Bloodless Homicide Matthew 5:21-26 – The scribes and Pharisees restricted commandments and extended permissions; Jesus reversed both. In this example, Jesus says that anger and contempt destroy just as murder does. Click here to download the sermon outline (PDF). Listen Download
Jul 2, 2017 Jesus, Christians, and the Bible Matthew 5:17-20 – The introduction to Jesus’ Sermon is over; now he moves into the main body of teaching – teaching that contains some shocking contradictions to the common religious teaching of his day. His maverick style had led many Listen Download
Jun 25, 2017 Christian Influence Matthew 5:13-16 – Contrary to the popular notion that Christianity should be a private matter, Jesus says something all together different in the Sermon on the Mount. At the end of his eight-fold description of Christian character and conduct (Beatitudes), Jesus Listen Download
Jun 18, 2017 Well-Being: Even When It’s Not Going Well Matthew 5:10-12 – This week we close out the first section of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.  This final “well-being”statement is very bleak at first glance and Jesus’ instruction concerning our response is completely unexpected. Following Jesus was never promised to Listen Download
Jun 11, 2017 Well-Being: Just Like Their Dad Matthew 5:9 – We all want peace in our relationships. Peace, however is not just going to happen. Peacemaking involves action in order for us to reflect the character of our Father.  The actions required are not easy but with the empowering Listen Download