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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
Jun 4, 2017 Well-Being: Unmixed Devotion Matthew 5:8 – God’s people always lived with the reality that no one could see God and live (Exodus 33:20). Then, Jesus comes on the scene and says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Exactly Listen Download
May 28, 2017 Well-Being: Merciful Matthew 5:7 – Mercy is not grace, nor is it forgiveness. Mercy is compassion to those who are in need, or are helpless, or are indebted, and have no claim to favorable treatment. Jesus says that someone who gives mercy, Listen Download
May 21, 2017 Well-Being: Godly Discontentment Matthew 5:6 – Jesus said that those who “hunger and thirst for righteousness will be satisfied.” What kind of satisfaction is Jesus speaking of? Jesus was speaking of a kind of thirst and satisfaction that King David longed for, “As a Listen Download
May 14, 2017 Well-Being: Selfless Strength Matthew 5:5 – Meekness is NOT weakness, timidity, or apathy. Meekness is the refusal to wield strength over others for self-centered purposes. In Psalm 37, the writer contrasts seizing power for my immediate purposes v. waiting on God; that’s the contrast Listen Download
May 7, 2017 Well-Being: Spiritual Grief Matthew 5:4 – D.A. Carson calls mournfulness the “emotional counterpart to poverty of spirit.” In other words, if poverty of spirit is spiritual bankruptcy, mourning is the emotional response to that reality – spiritual grief. And here’s the distinction that exists Listen Download