SERVICE SUMMARY: If you’ve ever been betrayed— or even stood up for a meeting— you know the pain of a broken promise. With the pain comes a desire to retaliate—to make the other person feel that pain. What would it look like to live in a world where everyone kept their word and forgave the ones who hurt them? Join us this Sunday as we continue our sermon series on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.
Grace and virtue are friends, not enemies.
This is grace—an invitation to be beautiful.
Leviticus 19:12, 18; 24:19-20
12 You shall not swear by my name falsely, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord.
18 You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.
19 If anyone injures his neighbor, as he has done it shall be done to him, 20 fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth; whatever injury he has given a person shall be given to him.
Matthew 5:17, 33-48
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.
33 “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ 34 But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.
38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic,[b] let him have your cloak as well. 41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42 Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers,[c] what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
CONFESSION OF SIN
our sins are too heavy to carry, too real to hide, and too deep to undo. Forgive what our lips tremble to name, what our hearts can no longer bear, and what has become for us a consuming fire of judgment.
Set us free from a past that we cannot change, open to us a future in which we can be changed;
and grant us grace to grow more and more in your likeness and image, through Jesus Christ, the light of the world. Amen.
SONG TO CONSIDER
His affection never wearies,
and his mercy never ends.
He reminds me every morning,
“I am still your faithful friend.”
He is good to those who seek him.
I will wait for him to bless.
And the Lord will be my portion
In the empty wilderness.
In the goodness of the Lord,
In the goodness of the Lord,
I will wait for him and set my hope
In the goodness of the Lord.
Words & Music by Wendell Kimbrough & Paul Zach. © 2017 Wendell Kimbrough (BMI) & Paul Zach Publishing (SESAC). CCLI #7100098