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Matthew 5 - NIV
47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?
Sermons on Matthew 5
Contributed by J Jeffrey Smead on Jun 4, 2018
In Greek, the word translated "perfect" in Matthew is "teleios". " If something accomplishes what it is designed to do, it is said to be perfect that is "teleios" So "telios" is often translated as "mature". "Teleios" has the idea of "being complete."
Jesus proclaims In the Gospel Lesson today: "Be perfect, therefore, as your Heavenly Father is perfect." Be Perfect! Let us consider two other passages that speak to this calling, a calling to be perfect: From Genesis Gen. 6:9 "Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah ...read more
Contributed by Jeff Strite on Jan 13, 2015
It's one game board, but two games. Checkers and Chess are not only played differently, but they illustrate for me the difference between how the world deals with conflict and how God would have us do so. Do you know the difference?
OPEN: (We showed a picture of a checker board on the overhead) What is this game? That’s right, it’s a checkers game. How many of you have ever played checkers? (almost everyone held up their hands) You know, I did not realize it until I began my research for this morning’s ...read more
Contributed by Jeff Strite on Nov 12, 2013
Some people refuse to love their enemies because it shows they have standards, that they respect themselves, that they reject bad behavior. It makes them feel God-like. But Jesus said that being "God-like" means loving our enemies. How do we do that?
OPENING: There once were 2 cats from Kilkenny Each thought there was one cat too many They fought and they spit, They clawed and they bit. Till instead of two cats … there weren't any. APPLY: Hatred is an interesting topic. As Christians, we are taught that hatred is not a good ...read more
Contributed by Spencer Miller on Feb 24, 2013
No subject is more important than the subject of human relationships. God wants us to be a part of His family, He wants us to live together as a family and to love each other as a true neighbor. In God’s family there should not be any enemies.
WHAT IF SOMEONE WALKED INTO YOUR LIFE, SOMEONE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN OR MET BEFORE AND THAT PERSON CLAIMED TO BE YOUR LONG LOST BROTHER OR SISTER? ONE THING FOR SURE YOU WOULD MOST LIKELY ASKED SOME VERY PERTINENT QUESTIONS IN ORDER TO VALIDATE THEIR CLAIM AND WHILE YOUR ASKING QUESTIONS YOU WOULD ...read more
Contributed by Ajai Prakash on Nov 8, 2012
Obeying Jesus’ command to love our enemies doesn’t come naturally, however. Often our first response is to retaliate. The best way - the Christ-like way - to destroy an enemy is to make him your friend! To melt an enemy, try the warmth of love.
Opening illustration: There is a story told of two shopkeepers. Their stores were across the street from each other, and the two had a bitter rivalry. One day an angel came to one of the shopkeepers and said, “The Lord has sent me to tell you that you may have one wish. Whatever you ask for, ...read more