Fifth S. a. the Epiphany
The Righteousness of Christ
Is. 58:3–9a; 1 Cor. 2:1–16; Matt. 5:13–20; Psalm 112:1–9
THE FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
Isaiah 58:3–9a
1 Corinthians 2:1–12 (13–16)

Matthew 5:13–20
The Righteousness of Chri...
Discuss an unrighteous situation that
needed your salt and light this week.
Thy strong Word did cleave the darkness;
At Thy speaking it was done.
For created light we thank Thee
While Thine ordered ...
 Use your prayer notes.
 Use a verse from the

bible to reflect on.
 Pray about how

righteoussness.
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R epent...
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Heavenly Father, Your mercies are blood for forgiveness and depart
new to us every morning, and yet with renewed...
The Righteousness of Christ
 Meet w/teams

3-5 min per box
 What are the major points of your text?
 How does your topi...
Isaiah 58:3-9
to let the oppressed[b] go free,
3 ‗Why have we fasted, and you see it
and to break every yoke?
7 Is it not ...
10 these things God has revealed to us through
1 Corinthians 2:1-16
the Spirit. For the Spirit searches
Proclaiming Christ...
Matthew 5:13-20
not come to abolish them but to fulfill
them. 18 For truly, I say to you, until
Salt and Light
heaven and ...
6 For the righteous will never be moved;
Psalm 112:1-9
he will be remembered forever.
The Righteous Will Never Be Moved
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Epiphany: Christ Sets Life
before Us so that We Can
Walk in His Ways
Deuteronomy 30:15–20
Th...
Deuteronomy 30:15–20; 1 Corinthians 3:1–9;
Matthew 5:21–37; Psalm 119:1–8
Deuteronomy 30:15-20
15 ―See,

growth. 7 So neit...
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  1. 1. Fifth S. a. the Epiphany The Righteousness of Christ Is. 58:3–9a; 1 Cor. 2:1–16; Matt. 5:13–20; Psalm 112:1–9
  2. 2. THE FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY Isaiah 58:3–9a 1 Corinthians 2:1–12 (13–16) Matthew 5:13–20 The Righteousness of Christ Jesus warns that “unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:20), but He also calls His imperfect people “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world” (Matt. 5:13, 14). That‘s because the Lord Jesus came not to abolish the Law or the Prophets, “but to fulfill them” (Matt. 5:17) in perfect faith and love. Since He does and teaches all of God‘s commandments, He is “called great in the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:19). God manifests His “demonstration of the Spirit and of power” in “Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2-4) and through the preaching of the Gospel gives His “secret and hidden wisdom” (1 Cor. 2:7). Christ gives this perfect righteousness to His people and it leads them to true fasting, which is “to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free” (Is. 58:6) and “to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house” (Is. 58:7).
  3. 3. Discuss an unrighteous situation that needed your salt and light this week.
  4. 4. Thy strong Word did cleave the darkness; At Thy speaking it was done. For created light we thank Thee While Thine ordered seasons run. Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise to Thee who light dost send! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia without end! Lo, on those who dwelt in darkness, Dark as night and deep as death, Broke the light of Thy salvation, Breathed Thine own life-giving breath. Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise to Thee who light dost send! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia without end! Thy strong Word bespeaks us righteous; Bright with Thine own holiness, Glorious now, we press toward glory, And our lives our hopes confess. Praise to Thee who light dost send! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia without end! Give us lips to sing Thy glory, Tongues Thy mercy to proclaim, Throats to shout the hope that fills us, Mouths to speak Thy holy name. Alleluia! Alleluia! May the light which Thou dost send, Fill our songs with alleluias, Alleluias without end! God the Father, light-creator, To Thee laud and honor be. To Thee, Light from Light begotten, Praise be sung eternally. Holy Spirit, light-revealer, Glory, glory be to Thee. Mortals, angels, now and ever Praise the Holy Trinity!
  5. 5.  Use your prayer notes.  Use a verse from the bible to reflect on.  Pray about how righteoussness.  P raise R epentance A ppreciation Y ou E veryone R esolve Let us pray for the whole Church of others to catechize and carry out God in Christ Jesus and for all works of mercy in the world. Bless people according to their needs. all those who study for church vocations in our seminaries and Heavenly Father, You have universities, that their studies might appointed Your Church to be a city build them up in the joy of Your on a hill, shining the light of Your Gospel and prepare them to share mercy into the world and gathering Your Word with confidence and Your own to receive Your precious love… gifts of forgiveness, life and mercy. Use us joyfully to invite and Heavenly Father, through the welcome our neighbors, co-workers prophets You declare that the fasting and acquaintances to join us in You accept is to share our food with receiving Your gifts. Lord, in Your the hungry and our homes with the mercy, hear our prayer. homeless. Guard us from selfabsorption, gluttony and other vices Heavenly Father, Your Son that prevent us from extending Your commanded us to pray to the Lord bounty to those less fortunate. Grant of the harvest to send laborers into shelter to those who have none, food the field. In answer to that to those who hunger and honest prayer, You raise up men to serve work to the unemployed. Use Your Your people with Your Word and people to extend Your mercy, and Sacraments. You raise up lift us to the joy of sharing our daily teachers, deacons, deaconesses, dire bread… ctors of Christian education and
  6. 6.     Heavenly Father, Your mercies are blood for forgiveness and depart new to us every morning, and yet with renewed love for our we often know the pain of neighbors… sickness, injury, sorrow and other frailties. In Your never-failing Lord of life, receive our thanks for Use your prayer notes. mercy, remember those who have Your faithful servants who now Use a verse from the requested our rest in Christ. Bring us with them bible to reflect on. intercessions, [especially to the light and joy of Your eternal ________________,] that they kingdom and to the feast that never Pray about how might have healing and wholeness ends… righteousness. according to Your will and grace to P raise entrust themselves to Your merciful Into Your hands, O Lord, we R epentance hands as they endure with courage commend all for whom we A ppreciation and hope whatever crosses and pray, trusting in Your mercy; Y ou afflictions You are pleased to through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our E veryone allow… Lord. Amen. R esolve Heavenly Father, Your Son came to perfectly fulfill Your holy Law. Give us confidence and faith in His unfailing obedience as we approach Your altar today, that we might receive His true body and
  7. 7. The Righteousness of Christ  Meet w/teams 3-5 min per box  What are the major points of your text?  How does your topic fit the pericope theme?  How does it connect to the other texts? How is it unique?
  8. 8. Isaiah 58:3-9 to let the oppressed[b] go free, 3 ‗Why have we fasted, and you see it and to break every yoke? 7 Is it not to share your bread with the not? hungry Why have we humbled and bring the homeless poor into ourselves, and you take no knowledge your house; of it?‘ Behold, in the day of your fast you seek when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your your own pleasure,[a] own flesh? and oppress all your workers. 4 Behold, you fast only to quarrel and to 8 Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, fight and your healing shall spring up and to hit with a wicked fist. speedily; Fasting like yours this day will not make your voice to be heard your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your on high. 5 Is such the fast that I choose, rear guard. 9 a day for a person to humble himself? Then you shall call, and the LORDwill Is it to bow down his head like a reed, answer; you shall cry, and he will say, ‗Here I and to spread sackcloth and ashes am.‘ under him? If you take away the yoke from your Will you call this a fast, midst, and a day acceptable to theLORD? the pointing of the finger, and 6 ―Is not this the fast that I choose: speaking wickedness, to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke,
  9. 9. 10 these things God has revealed to us through 1 Corinthians 2:1-16 the Spirit. For the Spirit searches Proclaiming Christ Crucified everything, even the depths of God. 11 For who [a] did 2 And I, when I came to you, brothers, knows a person's thoughts except the spirit of not come proclaiming to you the that person, which is in him? So also no one testimony[b] of God with lofty speech or comprehends the thoughts of God except the wisdom. 2 For I decided to know nothing Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received not the among you except Jesus Christ and him spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness God, that we might understand the things and in fear and much trembling, 4 and my freely given us by God. 13 And we impart speech and my message were not in plausible this in words not taught by human wisdom but words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths Spirit and of power, 5 so that your faith might to those who are spiritual.[d] not rest in the wisdom of men[c]but in the 14 The natural person does not accept the things power of God. of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to Wisdom from the Spirit him, and he is not able to understand them 6 Yet among the mature we do impart because they are spiritually wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age discerned. 15 The spiritual person judges all or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to things, but is himself to be judged by no pass away. 7 But we impart a secret and hidden one. 16 ―For who has understood the mind of wisdom of God, which God decreed before the the Lord so as to instruct him?‖ But we have ages for our glory. 8 None of the rulers of this the mind of Christ. age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But, as it is written, ―What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him‖—
  10. 10. Matthew 5:13-20 not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly, I say to you, until Salt and Light heaven and earth pass away, not an 13 ―You are the salt of the earth, but if iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law salt has lost its taste, how shall its until all is accomplished. 19 Therefore saltiness be restored? It is no longer whoever relaxes one of the least of good for anything except to be thrown these commandments and teaches out and trampled under people's feet. others to do the same will be called 14 ―You are the light of the world. A city least in the kingdom of heaven, but 15 Nor do set on a hill cannot be hidden. whoever does them and teaches them people light a lamp and put it under a will be called great in the kingdom of basket, but on a stand, and it gives light heaven. 20 For I tell you, unless your to all in the house. 16 In the same righteousness exceeds that of the way, let your light shine before scribes and Pharisees, you will never [a] they may see your others, so that enter the kingdom of heaven. good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Christ Came to Fulfill the Law 17 ―Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have
  11. 11. 6 For the righteous will never be moved; Psalm 112:1-9 he will be remembered forever. The Righteous Will Never Be Moved 7 He is not afraid of bad news; [a] Praise the LORD! 112 his heart is firm, trusting in theLORD. Blessed is the man who fears theLORD, 8 His heart is steady; he will not be who greatly delights in his afraid, commandments! until he looks in triumph on his 2 His offspring will be mighty in the adversaries. land; 9 He has distributed freely; he has given the generation of the upright will be to the poor; blessed. his righteousness endures forever; 3 Wealth and riches are in his house, his horn is exalted in honor. and his righteousness endures forever. 4 Light dawns in the darkness for the upright; he is gracious, merciful, andrighteous. 5 It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice.
  12. 12.  Sixth Sunday in     Epiphany: Christ Sets Life before Us so that We Can Walk in His Ways Deuteronomy 30:15–20 The Choice of Life and Death 1 Corinthians 3:1–9 Divisions in the Church Matthew 5:21–37 Anger; Lust; Divorce; Oaths Psalm 119:1–8 Your Word Is a Lamp to My Feet
  13. 13. Deuteronomy 30:15–20; 1 Corinthians 3:1–9; Matthew 5:21–37; Psalm 119:1–8 Deuteronomy 30:15-20 15 ―See, growth. 7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters 31 ―It was also said, ‗Whoever divorces his wife, let is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 8 He him give her a certificate of divorce.‘ 32 But I say to who plants and he who waters are one, and each will you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on receive his wages according to his labor.9 For we the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit are God's fellow workers. You are God's field, God's adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman building. commits adultery. I have set before you today life and good, death and evil. 16 If you obey the commandments of the LORD your God[a] that I Matthew 5:21-37 Oaths command you today, by loving the LORD your 33 ―Again you have heard that it was said to those of God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his Anger commandments and his statutes and his rules,[b] then 21 old, ‗You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to ―You have heard that it was said to those of you shall live and multiply, and the LORD your God the Lord what you have sworn.‘ 34 But I say to old, ‗You shall not murder; and whoever murders will bless you in the land that you are entering to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by will be liable to judgment.‘ 22 But I say to you take possession of it. 17 But if your heart turns heaven, for it is the throne of God, 35 or by the thateveryone who is angry with his brother[a]will be away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it liable to judgment; whoever insults[b] his brother will worship other gods and serve them, 18 I declare to is the city of the great King. 36 And do not take an be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‗You you today, that you shall surely perish. You shall not oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair fool!‘ will be liable to the hell[c] of fire. 23 So if you live long in the land that you are going over the white or black. 37 Let what you say be simply ‗Yes‘ are offering your gift at the altar and there remember 19 I call heaven and earth Jordan to enter and possess. or ‗No‘; anything more than this comes from evil.[e] that your brother has something against you, 24 leave to witness against you today, that I have set before your gift there before the altar and go. First be Psalm 119:1-8 you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer Your Word Is a Lamp to My Feet choose life, that you and your offspring may your gift. 25 Come to terms quickly with your accuser 20 loving theLORD your God, obeying his live, Aleph while you are going with him to court, lest your voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to 119 [a] Blessed are those whose way is blameless, length of days, that you may dwell inthe land that the guard, and you be put in prison. 26 Truly, I say to who walk in the law of the LORD! the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to you, you will never get out until you have paid the 2 Blessed are those who keep histestimonies, Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.‖ last penny.[d] who seek him with their whole heart, 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 3 who also do no wrong, Lust but walk in his ways! Divisions in the Church 27 ―You have heard that it was said, ‗You shall not 4 You have commanded yourprecepts 3 But I, brothers,[a] could not address you as spiritual commit adultery.‘ 28 But I say to you that everyone to be kept diligently. people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already 5 Oh that my ways may be steadfast Christ. 2 I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you committed adultery with her in his heart.29 If your in keeping your statutes! were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it 6 Then I shall not be put to shame, ready, 3 for you are still of the flesh. For while there away. For it is better that you lose one of your having my eyes fixed on all your commandments. is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the members than that your whole body be thrown 7 I will praise you with an upright heart, flesh and behaving only in a human way?4 For when intohell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to when I learn your righteous rules.[b] one says, ―I follow Paul,‖ and another, ―I follow sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that 8 I will keep your statutes; Apollos,‖ are you not being merely human? you lose one of your members than that your whole do not utterly forsake me! body go into hell. 5 What then is Apollos? What is Paul?Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to Divorce

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