Matthew 5:21-24

June 25th, 2018

June 24, 2018

Matthew 5:21-48


Principles  number one: It is the s_______ of the law that matters primarily, and not the l__________ only!


The law was never meant to be mechanical, but rather l___________!

II Corinthians 3:6  “the letter killeth, but the spirit gives life...”


The whole purpose of the letter is to give body to the spirit, and the spirit is that which really matters.


Now, again, that does not mean that the letter is not important, but it does mean that we must put the Spirit first, and interpret the letter in light of the Spirit.


Principles  number two:  “Conformity to the law must not be thought of in terms of a_____________ only.”


... thoughts, motives, and desires are equally important, when considering what we do!


it is easy to do the actions and not have the heart or the spirit, but it is i_____________ to have the heart or spirit, and not have the a__________.


Luke 16:15 “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of men, but God knows your hearts. What is highly valued among men is detestable in God's sight.


Principles number three is; The law must not only be thought of in a n ___________  way, but in a p_________ as well


the real intent of the law was not to prevent our doing things that were wrong, that is i_____________, but its real objective is for us to do what is right, and ultimately, to l__________ doing it!


Principles  number four: the purpose of the law, as expounded by Christ here, is not to keep us in bondage to a set of rules, but to f_______ us in Christ to develop our spiritual c___________________.


if we regard the teachings of the New Testament as something that cramps us, if we think that it is something that is narrow and restrictive, then we have never really understood it!


Principles  number five: ..... is that The law of God, including these before us, as well as all the rest in the Bible, must never be regarded as an e______ in themselves.


The ultimate objective of all this teaching is that you and I might c________ to k_____________ G______!

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Saints & Sinners Part 2

June 18th, 2018

Saints and sinners Pt.2

June 17, 2018

Matthew 5:20 (ESV)



For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

‘holiness’ is NOT an e____________ that we means keeping and fulfilling the law of God.  Experiences may help us to do that, but we cannot receive holiness and s_______________ as an experience. 

Holiness is something that we p________ in our daily life.... It is the honoring and keeping of the law, as the Son of God kept it Himself while He was here on earth.  It is being like Him.... that is Holiness!!!


Jesus lays down for us the basic assumption of what a Christian is: ….

The righteousness of the Christian, the very least Christian, must e_________ that of the Scribes and the Pharisees.


What was wrong with the Scribe and Pharisees religion?? 


First of all their religion was entirely e__________ and formal, instead of being of the heart.

Luke 16:15, "You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of men, but God knows your hearts. What is highly valued among men is detestable in God's sight.”

“how careful you Pharisees are about the outside, but how negligent you are about the inside.  It is not that which goes into man which defiles him, but that which comes out.  It is the heart that matters, for it is out of the heart that comes evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness and all these other things.”


Secondly, the Pharisees were more concerned about the c_________________ then the moral.

they were careful to do the outward stuff... the washing of the hands... they prayed publicly.... and so on.  But they were not as careful about the intent or the moral aspect of the law....


The third thing that I see in the religion of the Pharisees is that it was made up of m_________ rules and regulations...

The really interesting thing about these rules was that often they were made so that they could find ways around the law, while pretending to keep it


You see the ultimate charge against them was that they were primarily concerned about t_________ and their own r_________________, with the result that they were almost always self-satisfied.


Application for today...

It is easy for us to fall into the same trap as the Pharisees and do the superficial things…..


What God demands of us is that we love Him with all of our h_______, and with all of our s_________, and with all of our s__________, and with all of our m_______.. and then we are to love our neighbor as o____________!

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