Summary: Jesus taught us to break the hate in our hearts and lives and to offer people love, prayers and forgiveness so that they would see that people who are a part of the Kingdom of Heaven are using a different operating system than this world.
Series: Cliff Hangers
These teachings were risky, some would even say very dangerous, they would be teachings that would be opposite of what the religious leaders of the day were teaching, and they would become points of dissension and points of exhilaration. Some people would rejoice and others sigh. Some would be happy and others angry. What Jesus was teaching them he put them all on the edge of their seats. His teachings made people nervous and yet it changed the way people of His day thought or perceived what the Kingdom of Heaven was. Jesus’ teaching along with their acceptance by the crowd would change the course of history between God and mankind. The people would be blown away by what Jesus taught and the religious leaders would pick up a spirit of offense against Jesus and seek His life for these teachings.
1. Matthew 5:1-12 – “Who does God Bless?”
2. Matthew 5:13-16 – “Salt and Light”
3. Matthew 5:17-20 – “Old vs. New”
4. Matthew 5:21-26 – “Really bad Sin”
5. Matthew 5:27-30 – “Bulging Eyes”
6. Matthew 5:31-37 – “Who me Divorced?”
7. Matthew 5: 33-42 – “Divorce, Oaths and Revenge”
8. Matthew 5:38-48 – “Break the hate”
Summary of last week:
Divorce was never God’s plan because He knew the hurt and pain it would cause. We need to respect the act of marriage and go into with the intention of it’s a lifetime commitment. But if we sin and divorce then we need to be reminded that Jesus does offer forgiveness and restoration.
We then highlighted “Oaths” some of us know how “Our big Mouths!” can get us into trouble - Oaths to say them or not? Mt 5:33-37 Jesus tells us to say what you mean, mean what you say, don’t give false promises because it is not even necessary to do so. Oaths it’s better to not even make them if you are going to break them.
How many have been insulted? How many have confronted a person with “Don’t slap me!” if you do you will regret it the rest of your life - Mt 5:38-42 deals with how to handle insults and that revenge is not a Kingdom of Heavens residents option when it comes to dealing with offense. Instead turn the cheek is recommended, give the person what they desire and if needed go the extra mile and help out someone who could never repay you.
Sermon title: “Break the Hate!”
Thesis: Jesus taught us to break the hate in our hearts and lives and to offer people love, prayers and forgiveness so that they would see that people who are a part of the Kingdom of Heaven are using a different operating system than this world.
Banker charged with hate crime this week:
In NEW YORK - William Bryan Jennings, Morgan Stanley’s bond-underwriting chief in the United States, was charged with a hate crime in the stabbing of a New York City cab driver of Egyptian descent over a fare.
Mohamed Ammar said the banker attacked him on Dec 22 with a blade and used racial slurs after a 64.4km ride from New York to the banker’s US$3.4 million (S$4.25 million) Darien, Connecticut home.
Jennings, who was returning from a bank holiday party at a Manhattan boutique hotel, refused to pay the US$204 fare, the driver said. When Mr Ammar threatened to call police, Jennings said they would not do anything to help because he pays US$10,000 in taxes, according to a Darien police department report.