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Sermon by Jory Leong on 23 Feb 2014

Sermon by Jory Leong on 23 Feb 2014
Starting on new sermon series on Hard Sayings of Jesus

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    Hard sayings of jesus   yes or no Hard sayings of jesus yes or no Presentation Transcript

    • Matthew 5:33-37 By Jory Leong
    • 1. 2. 3. 4. Matt 5:33-37 Matt 5:21-22 Matt 5:43-48 Matt 7:21-23 Swearing oaths Speech Love your enemies True or false disciples
    • Matthew 5:33-37
    • Matthew 5:33-37 “Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made.’ But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.”
    • What is an Oath? Formal version of a promise In Biblical times, oaths are solemn declarations that invoke God as a witness of one’s statements & promises
    • Matthew 5:33-37 The Question Can Christians make an oath? The Teaching What is Jesus saying? The Lesson What’s the application?
    • The Question: Can Christians make an oath? Matthew 5:34 “But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all..”
    • Christians can make an oath because… • God instituted & swear oaths Numbers 30 Hebrews 6:13 Acts 2:30 Psalm 110:4
    • Christians can make an oath because… • God instituted & swear oaths • Jesus testified under oath Matthew 26:63
    • Christians can make an oath because… • God instituted & swear oaths • Jesus testified under oath • Paul swore oaths Romans 1:9-10 2 Corinthians 1:23 Galatians 1:20 Philippians 1:8 1 Thessalonians 2:5
    • Christians can make an oath because… • God instituted & swear oaths • Jesus testified under oath • Paul swore oaths
    • The Teaching: What is Jesus saying? • Oath-taking part of Greek & Roman culture • If an oath didn’t expressly invoke the name of God, it didn’t matter • Jesus said don’t swear an oath by heaven – God’s throne  by earth – God’s stool  by Jerusalem – city of the Great King  by your head – God is sovereign 
    • I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States …
    • I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear that I will execute the Office of President of the United States faithfully …
    • The Teaching: What is Jesus saying? Jesus wasn’t prohibiting the taking of all oaths, but the misuse of oaths
    • “Jesus wasn’t addressing whether or not we should take an oath. He was talking about whether or not we are truthful…. We don’t tell the truth because we have taken an oath; we tell the truth because we are truthful.”
    • The Lesson: What’s the application?
    • “Heart is used in Scripture as the most comprehensive term for the authentic person. It is the part of our being where we desire, deliberate, and decide.…. The place to which God turns.”
    • 一 Once a sentence goes out 言 既 出 it cannot be overtaken by a chariot with 4 horses 驷 马 难 追
    • Matthew 5:33-37 The Question: Can Christians make an oath? Yes, because God the Father, Christ & Paul swore oaths The Teaching: What is Jesus saying? Don’t abuse oaths Speak the truth The Lesson: What’s the application? Matter of the Heart