Keeping Your Promises

Keeping Your Promises

In the next section of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus has a lot to say about keeping your promises. The first topic he brings up is marriage. While the Law of Moses allowed for easy divorce, Jesus forbids his followers from easy divorce. Instead, their faithfulness to...
Sexual Purity

Sexual Purity

In this section of his sermon, Jesus shows how obeying the letter the law doesn’t bring about God’s Kingdom. Last week he showed how it’s not enough to avoid murder (or violence). Believers must remove anger and unresolved conflict from their...
Anger and Reconciliation

Anger and Reconciliation

In the next part of the sermon on the mount, Jesus teaches about anger and reconciliation. While the law condemns those who murder, Jesus says in a kingdom community such a low bar inadequate. The kingdom can only take root in communities where people practice...
Fulfilling the Law

Fulfilling the Law

In Matthew 5:17-20 Jesus tells us that his ministry is fulfilling the law. By saying this, Jesus forces us to look at the Old Testament Scriptures in a whole new light. He’s saying that the stories we teach in Sunday School foreshadow his reign. He’s also...
Salt and Light

Salt and Light

Jesus calls believers to be salt and light, metaphors that communicate the church’s role as participants in God’s mission of restoring creation. In the beatitudes, Jesus said that God sees the injustice and difficulty of people living in a broken world....