Washed in the Blood and Whiter Than Snow

John 8:1-11 New International Version (NIV)

but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.

At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

11 “No one, sir,” she said.

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”


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Good Enough? #ThingsJesusSaid [Sermon on the Mount]

KEY IDEA:

You aren’t good enough, but Jesus is.

1.) Jesus doesn’t change God’s standards; He satisfies them. (vs 17)

2.) We still need to obey God. (vs 18-19)

3.) Jesus becomes your perfection. (vs 20)

So what??

Will you drop your goodness so you can become His greatness?

Three perspectives – where are you?

Religious? Relativism/Irreligion? Relationship?

Matthew 5:17-20 New International Version (NIV)

The Fulfillment of the Law

17 “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. 18 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. 19 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. 20 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.

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Be The Difference #ThingsJesusSaid [Sermon on the Mount]

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Matthew 5:13-16 New International Version (NIV)

Salt and Light

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.

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 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. 16 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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Key Idea:

Live boldly for Jesus and be the difference.

1) Faith: Don’t water it down (5:13)

2) Faith: Don’t be ashamed of it (5:14-15)

3) Faith: Honour God with it (5:16)

SO WHAT?

If you love Jesus, you are the experience of Jesus that people see and hear. Do you know this in your head or do you own it in your heart?

The Good Life Part 3 #ThingsJesusSaid [Sermon on the Mount] — Sermon Video

Recap:

The good life starts with Jesus. (relationship)
The good life is about living like Jesus did. (example)

Key Idea:

The good life is about putting into practice what you believe. (practical)

1) Peace is the framework for practice. (Matt 5:9)

2) We will stand out, not be understood, and face challenges. (Matt 5:10-12)

a. Jesus isn’t asking for something He hasn’t first done.

b. There is good that comes from hardship.

 

Matthew 5:9-12 New International Version (NIV)

Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

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The Good Life Part 2 #ThingsJesusSaid [Sermon on the Mount] — Sermon Video

Recap:

The good life starts with Jesus. (Relationship)

a) Realize your need.
b) Deal with sin.
c) Let Jesus be in charge.

Key Idea:

The good life is about living like Jesus did. (example)

1) Right living brings the satisfaction you crave. (Matt 5:6)

2) Show the same mercy you have first been shown. (Matt 5:7)

3) “Be holy as I am holy.” (Matt 5:8)

Matthew 5:6-8 New International Version (NIV)

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.

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