Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 5/31/2015

Sunday’s message from The Sermon on the Mount series was called Honest to God, taken from Matthew 5:33-37. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Promises, promises (33)
   A. Old Testament teaching on keeping oaths (Lev 19:12, Num 30:2; Deut 23:21-23)
   B. Legal loopholes and manipulation of oaths (Matthew 23:16-22)

II. Don’t swear at all (34-36)
   A. Oaths actually weaken the truth
   B. God is always witness to what you say

III. Keeping it simple (37)
   A. Your “yes” or “no” should be sufficient
   B. Satan is the father of lies (John 8:44)
   C. Public oaths are not forbidden by Scripture:
      1) God permits and takes oaths (Deut 10:20; Heb 6:16-18)
      2) Jesus took an oath in court (Matthew 26:63-64)
      3) Paul calls God as his witness (Romans 1:9; 2 Cor 1:23)

Three applications:
   1) Be truthful in your speech (Proverbs 12:22)
   2) Be careful what you promise (Ecclesiastes 5:2,5)
   3) Be faithful in following through (Psalm 15:1-5)

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