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  • Week Three ( September 17 – 23) – Matthew 5 : 33 – 48

    September 17, 2018

    Scripture Memory:  Matthew 5:46

    Overview - Matthew 5:33-48

    Three subjects are addressed in this section of the Sermon on the Mount. The first instruction in these verses concerns keeping our word. Swearing by any measure does not add truth to our words. Rather, our statement must be truth with the realization that whatever we say is spoken before the presence of God.

    The second subject of the passage talks about responding to attack. Jesus’ words go far beyond avoiding retaliation but moving to favor and service.

    The final portion of the passage contains the greatest lesson of our Lord about relating to others. Life under the reign of Christ in our lives is to be lived by a higher standard than self-serving gratification. Rather, we live with an awareness of others and a desire for the satisfaction of their needs over our own.

    Our love for others must go beyond simply loving those who have favored us and extend even to those who have offended us.

    Day One

     Read Matthew 5:33-48

    OBSERVE: Make an outline of the major points from the text. What stood out to you? Did you see any repetition? Lists? Commands? Promises? Are there questions that you have trouble answering?

    SUMMARIZE: In a sentence or two summarize the main idea of the passage.

    APPLY: Where are you in the story? How do these words challenge you? What is God asking you to do in obedience to His Word?

    Day Two

     Read Matthew 5:33-48

    What makes your word carry maximum reliability? Is it because you have taken an oath or is it simply because you have made a promise? How can your word be validated as true?

    Some people live by the saying, “I don’t get mad, I just get even.” How would you phrase the rule of life that Jesus taught regarding demands that others force on you?

    Can an individual be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect? How do you interpret the instruction Jesus gives in Matthew 5:48?

    Day Three

     READ EPHESIANS 4:17-32

    The walk of the Christian is contrasted with the way of the world. As Christians, our lives are to be identified by what we do as well as who we follow. Who is the One that is the pattern for your life?

    Day Four

     Read colossians 3:12-17

    Paul describes the character and manner of life for God’s chosen ones. When we say that we take the name of the Lord Jesus on our lives as Christians, it means that we commit to do the things that Jesus would do. As you think of representing Jesus to others today, what is at least one thing that you will try to do that reflects Him?


    Day Five

    READ john 13:34-35

    The greatest way that we reflect Jesus is the way we love others. What have you done today that demonstrates that you genuinely have love for others?

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