COUNTER CULTURE | SERMON ON THE MOUNT | WEEK 3
May 7, 2023
Kingdom living is a commitment to God’s view of people.
21 You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Matthew 5:21-22
For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.
ACTION STEP: RECONCILIATION
23 Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.
Kingdom living is a commitment to a heart of purity.
27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.
ACTION STEP: REMOVE ACCESS.
29 If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.
Kingdom living is a commitment to our Lord’s intentions.
31 It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce. 32 But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
For I hate divorce!” says the LORD, the God of Israel. “To divorce your wife is to overwhelm her with cruelty, says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. So guard your heart; do not be unfaithful to your wife.
If a man marries a woman who becomes displeasing to him because he finds something indecent about her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce, gives it to her and sends her from his house…
But if the unbelieving partner separates, let it be so. In such cases the brother or sister is not enslaved (Is Free). God has called you to peace.
1 Corinthians 7:15