November 5, 2017
In Matthew 5:38-48, the Lord of Love teaches us how and who to love. Last week we considered love’s all-enduring reaction (38-42). This week we discover love’s all-embracing reach as Jesus calls us to love even our enemies.
October 29, 2017
As God’s children, how should we respond when people treat us badly? In Matthew 5:38-42, Jesus teaches us to meet hostility with grace – something he has done supremely for us when he died to save us.
October 22, 2017
In a world full of lies and half-truths, God always and only speaks truth! In Matthew 5:33-37, Jesus teaches us what this means for those who have become God’s children by faith in Him.
October 15, 2017
One aspect of life in which we experience our fallenness most acutely is in the realm of love, sex and marriage. In Matthew 5:27-32, Jesus spells out God’s purpose for us in this area. By His Spirit, Jesus helps us to be faithful and reflect the faithful love he has shown us as his disciples.
October 1, 2017
“Thou shalt not murder” – it’s a commandment that receives almost universal recognition. But what does it imply? Is God content so long as we don’t kill one another? In Matthew 5:21-26, Jesus shows that the implications of this commandment are far deeper and wider than we expect. God isn’t just concerned murder but about […]
September 24, 2017
Having spelled out the Christian’s character and calling, Jesus begins to address our conduct – helping us grasp the relationship between Law and Grace and how what he has come to do relates to the Old Testament.
September 17, 2017
Having described the distinctive character of the Christian, Jesus goes on to explain our calling and how we fulfill it.
September 10, 2017
In the beatitudes, Jesus reveals the kind of character God looks on with favor. It’s a very different profile from the one we usually value.
September 3, 2017
As we start out our fall series in Matthew 5 we consider how we should approach the sermon on the mount. Is it general moral guidance? Does it just expose our moral failure? What do the context, content and connections with the Old Testament show us?