The Murderer and Adulterer Within Me: Sermon Guide

Discussing and Applying the Sermon

  • Do you currently have any unresolved conflict with anyone in your life? Anger toward someone? Are you withholding forgiveness from anyone? Read the Conflict Field Guide, and then go initiate a conversation with those people.
  • How are you doing at making war with lust in your life? Share your answer with someone in your community group, and then help each other identify a way to flee from lust and pursue Jesus.

Summary

Have you ever been angry with someone? Lusted after someone? According to Jesus, that makes you a murderer and an adulterer. But take heart, Jesus doesn’t stop there. As we continue our series, “Summer on the Mount,” Jesus starts to get real specific about different topics and issues throughout the rest of Matthew chapter 5—beginning with anger and lust.

Key Takeaways

  • The Sermon on the Mount teaches the characteristics of the citizens of the Kingdom, and the conduct which marks them.
  • This next section of the sermon on the Mount—the rest of chapter 5—has six sections that include a Command from God (tradition), then a Correct understanding (truth), and finally a Call to action (task).
  • It’s not ok to not be ok with people.
  • You aren’t right with God if you aren’t living rightly with people.
  • Your horizontal relationships affect your vertical relationship.
  • How are we to proclaim a gospel of reconciliation while we live unreconciled? People living while unreconciled with others hurts a church…but what kills a church is when others know about people being unreconciled and don’t love them enough to admonish them and hold them accountable to being reconciled.
  • It’s not okay to just not be in bed with people.
  • You’ve got to be radical in ridding yourself of the things on earth that keep you from the things of heaven.
  • The Sermon on the Mount teaches that we are all murderers and we are all adulterers...but through Christ, we can be righteous!

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