Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 6/14/2015

Sunday’s message from The Sermon on the Mount series was called Radical Love Over Hate, taken from Matthew 5:43-48. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. The Pharisees taught: “Hate your enemy.” (43)
   A. Terrible misreading of Scripture:
      1) Limited the term “neighbor” to their fellow Israelites
         – cf. Luke 10:30-37
      2) Used God’s hatred for evil to allow personal animosity
         – Deut 7:2; Psalm 139:21-22
   B. The Old Testament actually taught:
      1) Love your neighbor as yourself (Lev 19:17-18)
      2) Do good to your enemy (Ex 23:4-5; Proverbs 25:21)

II. Jesus taught: “Love your enemies.” (44-48)
   A. Pray for those who persecute you (44)
   B. Live as children of your heavenly Father (45)
   C. As Christians we should do more than others (46-47)
   D. Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect (48)

Three applications:
   1) Only God can give you the surpassing righteousness you need to enter heaven (2 Cor 5:21)
   2) Only God can help you love your enemies (Romans 5:5)
   3) While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8)

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