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John 1:14 (NIV)
14 “…full of grace and truth.”

 

Matthew 5:27-30 (NIV)
27-30 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.“

 

You have heard: We shouldn’t talk about at church.

 

There is no place more appropriate to talk about sex than in .

 

Genesis 1:27-28a (NLT)
27-28a So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply.”

 

You have heard: Sex is .

 

Matthew 5:28 (NIV)
28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

 

You have heard: Sex is a you have the right to fulfill.

 

Purity calls us to see others as , not as objects.

 

You have heard: It’s only about .

 

It’s about the .

 

Separating sexuality from creates a wound.

 

Romans 12:2 (NLT)
2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

 

You may have heard: Some sexual sins are than others.

 

Romans 3:23 (NLT)
23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.

 

You have heard: Your is determined by your sexual history.

 

Your is determined by the price Jesus paid to rescue you!

 

Purity is not something you , it’s something you from Jesus.

 

 

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YOU HAVE HEARD…

Matthew 5:21-22 (NIV)
21-22 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘ Raca ,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.“

 

SIN vs EMOTION

Feeling angry is not a sin.

Anger is a Secondary Emotion.

  • Hangry = Hungry Anger
  • Strangry = Stressed Anger
  • Embangry = Embarrassed Anger
  • Tangry = Tired Angry

 

ANGER PROBLEM

“Anger is like smoke from a fire” -Augustine

Anger is not a sin, but let’s be careful not to sin because of our anger.

Ephesians 4:26a (NIV)
26a “In your anger do not sin”

 

SHIFT THE BLAME

Shift from EXCEPTING ourselves to ACCEPTING our part in the conflict.

 

DON’T STAY ANGRY

Matthew 5:23-25a (NIV)
23-25a “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift. “Settle matters quickly with your adversary…“

 

Ephesians 4:26-27 (NIV)
26-27 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.

 

 

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RUMORS OF A RESURRECTION

John 20:19 (NLT)
19 That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” he said.

 

And then some answers came…
John 20:19-21 (NLT)
19-21 That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” he said. As he spoke, he showed them the wounds in his hands and his side. They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord! Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.”

John 20:24-25 (NLT)
24-25 One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), was not with the others when Jesus came. They told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.”

 

DOUBT & FAITH

Having doubts isn’t a sign of a weak faith.  It’s a sign of being human.

 

John 20:26 (NLT)
26 Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. “Peace be with you,” he said.

 

Doubts don’t disqualify your faith.

 

Doubt is an invitation to a deeper faith.

 

John 20:27-29 (NLT)
27-29 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed. Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.”

 

Matthew 28:16-17 (NLT)
16-17 Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted!

 

Faith is not the absence of doubt, it is the means to overcome it.

 

Greek Lesson:
Trapeza (Trapeze) = Table

 

WHY NOT LET GO TODAY?!

I believe, that Jesus is the King, the Son of the Living God, my Rescuer and Leader.

 

 

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WHAT IS GREATNESS?

Matthew 15:17-19 (NIV)
17-19 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.“

 

Greatness is found in submission.

 

WHAT DOES SUBMISSION LOOK LIKE?

Practice and Teach

 

1 Corinthians 9:27 (NLT)
27 I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.

 

 

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INSTRUCTION ON BEING THE LIGHT

Matthew 5:14 (NIV)
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.“

 

OR = Light
TORAH = Instruction

 

Isaiah 2:2-5 (ESV)
2-5 It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be lifted up above the hills; and all the nations shall flow to it, and many peoples shall come, and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore. O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the LORD.

 

Isaiah 42:6-7 (NIV)
6-7 “I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.“

 

Matthew 5:14 (NIV)
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.“

 

GOD’S PROMISE

Being the means we are God’s of peace and restoration.

 

Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)
14-16 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.“

 

 

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Matthew 5:13-20 (NIV)
13-20 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.“

 

SALT & LIGHT

Matthew 5:13 (NIV)
13
“You are the salt of the earth.

 

HOW TO BE AN INFLUENCER

1. Create Thirst

Matthew 5:6 (NIV)
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

 

2. Have a Preserving Effect on the World

 

3. Make the World Better

Colossians 3:23 (NLT)
23 
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.

Matthew 5:13 (NIV)
13
“You are the salt of the earth.

 

GREATEST SALT IMPACT

Matthew 5:13 (NIV)
13
“You are the salt of the earth.

 

Salt has to get out of the shaker to be useful.

 

Matthew 5:13 (NIV)
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.“

 

DON’T BE A MORON

Moranthe: Foolish = Moron, To be a fool

 

Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)
22-23 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

 

 

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A BLESSING?

Matthew 5:10-12 (NIV)
10-12 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

 

Is Jesus worth it?

 

 

AN OPPORTUNITY

Acts 9:3-6 (NLT)
3-6 As he was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?” “Who are you, lord?” Saul asked. And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

Acts 9:13-16 (NLT)
13-16 “But Lord,” exclaimed Ananias, “I’ve heard many people talk about the terrible things this man has done to the believers in Jerusalem! And he is authorized by the leading priests to arrest everyone who calls upon your name.” But the Lord said, “Go, for Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel. And I will show him how much he must suffer for my name’s sake.”

 

Suffering from God is not a punishment from God, but an opportunity to draw nearer to God.

 

A PRIVILEGE 

Philippians 1:12-14 (NLT)
12-14 And I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News. For everyone here, including the whole palace guard, knows that I am in chains because of Christ. And because of my imprisonment, most of the believers here have gained confidence and boldly speak God’s message without fear.

Philippians 1:27-29 (NLT)
27-29 Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News. Don’t be intimidated in any way by your enemies. This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed, but that you are going to be saved, even by God himself. For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him.

Matthew 5:10-11 (NIV)
10-11 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.

 

THE THREAT OF AND RESPONSE TO

The greatest threat to the church is not on the outside, it’s on the inside.

 

If you’re going to fight, fight on your knees.

Remember which Kingdom you’re living for.

Remember the real enemy.

 

A BLESSING!

Matthew 5:10-12 (NIV)
10-12 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Philippians 1:21 (NLT)
21 For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better.

Romans 8:18 (NLT)
18 Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.

Galatians 2:20 (NLT)
20 My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

1 Corinthians 15:55 (NLT)
55 O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”

 

The blessing of persecution is that it refines us.

 

HE IS WORTH IT!!

 

 

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Matthew 5:9 (NIV)
9
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.“

 

TYPES OF PEACE PEOPLE

Peacebreaker

You can’t be at peace with God if you are at war with his children.

Matthew 5:9 (NIV)
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.“ 

 

Peacefaker

Peace-Fakers eventually become peace-breakers

Matthew 5:9 (NIV)
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.“ 

 

Peacemaker

Hebrews 12:14 (NLT)
14 Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.

Peacemaking demands that we step into conflict.

 

DOING IT LEFT

Left someone out of the conversation = Gossip

Left kindness and respect at the door

Left it alone = untreated

Left the relationship = abandon

 

DOING IT RIGHT

Right Person
Right Time
Right Place
Right Attitude

Ask before you accuse

Assume the best

Predetermine your response

Romans 12:18 (NLT)
18 Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.

Ask yourself: How am I contributing to the behavior I don’t like?

 

BEING A PEACEMAKER – PART 1

Peacemakers know that true peace is only found in Jesus, the Prince of Peace.

Matthew 5:9 (NIV)
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.“ 

 

THE BEATITUDES

Matthew 5:3-9 (NIV)
3-9 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.“

 

BEING A PEACEMAKER – PART 2

Do you look like your Father?

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THE BEATITUDES

Matthew 5:3-8 (NIV)
3-8 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.“

 

CLOGGED UP

What is clogging your heart?

 

CLEANED UP

How do you clean your heart?

Sanctification – the process of cleaning up our hearts, being made pure and holy

Justification – having been made right with God, your record has been wiped clean

 

James 4:7-10 (NLT)
7-10 So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.

 

Ephesians 6:10-17 (NIV)
10-17 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

 

James 5:16 (ESV)
16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

 

1 John 1:9 (ESV)
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

 

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THE BEATITUDES

Matthew 5:3-7 (NIV)
3-7
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.“

 

WHAT IS MERCY?

Mercy is when someone in a stronger position to someone in a “weaker” position.

 

Mercy is the opportunity to take vengeance, give punishment, or humiliate someone who deserves it.

 

Grace is what we don’t deserve.
Mercy is what do deserve.

 

FORGIVENESS = MERCY

Matthew 18:21-35 (NIV)
18-35 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded. “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’ “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened. “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

 

EXTENDING MERCY TO OTHERS

Matthew 6:12-15 (NIV)
12-15 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’ For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

 

We don’t give mercy to others so we can mercy from God.
We give mercy to others because we have mercy from God.

 

If we think we need to mercy from God, then we’ll make others mercy from us.

 

Poor in Spirit – recognizing that we are spiritually bankrupt before God.

 

BECOMING BETTER AT GIVING MERCY

How do we improve our mercy quotient?
     – ourselves how merciful God has been to us.

 

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