Love Your Enemies

Passage: Matthew 5:38-48 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary There are few commands more frequently admired, and yet seldom applied than Jesus’ commands to love our enemies and avoid retaliation, in Matthew 5:38-48. Jesus’ followers practiced these commands, and in doing so, they turned the world upside down. And yet what do…

The Heart of Adultery

Passage: Matthew 5:27-30 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary In Matthew chapter 5, Jesus is unpacking what the “righteousness that exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees” looks like in daily life, and in 5:27-30 he addresses lust. The Bible speaks very positively about the gift of sex, and yet it’s also…

Greater Righteousness

Passage: Matthew 5:17-20 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary In Matthew 5:17-20, Jesus describes the righteousness he has come to reveal to the world, and the righteousness he therefore requires of his followers. Jesus begins by responding to a mistaken impression about his views on righteousness. Because Jesus announced the coming of…

Different for the World

Passage: Matthew 5:13-16 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus begins by describing the character of the Christian community (Matt. 5:2-11). In the section that follows, Jesus describes the mission of this community, and the impact that it is called to have in the world (Matthew 5:13-16)….

Beatitudes: I Love You Dead

Passage: Matthew 4:23-5:12 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary Jesus created an “upside-down” kingdom by blessing those whom nobody else considered “blessed”—those with nothing. This was as revolutionary in Jesus’ day as it is in ours—and as shocking as a beggar sitting on an empty box learning the box is full of…

The Difference of Jesus

Passage: Excerpts from Matthew 4-7 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary Today, many people ignore Christianity because the church itself seems not to take Jesus’ teachings seriously. It is crucial, therefore, for the church today—and in every generation—to embody the radical difference that Jesus makes in a community centered on his gospel….

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