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Uncommon Relationships

By April 10, 2016April 16th, 2016Sermon Series Pre-Campaign), uncommon

This week we begin the “You have heard it said… Now I say to you” section of the Sermon on the Mount. Here Jesus raises the standard from the previously thought requirements of the moral law. He calls his followers to a higher moral standard than even the Pharisees. Yikes! Gear up. This is not easy listening.

Section Outline:

  • Jesus Fulfilled the Law and the Prophets (v. 17-20)
    • Jesus interprets specific laws – “You have heard… Now I say to you” (v. 21-48)
      • Murder (v. 21-26)
      • Adultery (v. 27-30)
      • Divorce (v. 31-32)
      • Oaths (v. 33-37)
      • Retaliation (v. 38-42)
      • Love your enemies (v. 43-48)

Matthew 5:21-26

Anger leads to Actions. Actions have consequences.

suggestions to alleviate anger

  1. Weigh your anger
  2. Write it out
  3. Welcome others in
  4. Walk away
  5. Work out

Big Idea:

  1. Stop anger before it takes action
  2. Work it out… Now!

Reconcile with others as God did with you (Philippians 2:1-11 ;Ephesians 2:14-16)

Discussion Questions

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“hell” – Gehenna (γέενναν)

  • The Valley of Hinnom where the fire burned continuously.
  • Jews sacrificed their children to the pagan god, Molech here (2 Kg 23:10) under Ahaz and Monassah
  • Later used to burn the city’s refuse and dead bodies of criminals
  • Where God’s final judgment would take place acc. to later Jewish writings
  • In the gospels and inter-testamental period it is the place of punishment in the next life (reference Luke 12; Matt 10:28)
  • cf. Mt 23:33; 5:29; 18:9; Mk 9:45, 47; Lk 12:5; Mt 5:30; Mk 9:43; Mt 10:28; 23:15; 5:22; 18:9; James 3:6