Part 6 of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, A Charter of Kingdom Living – Do words really mean anything anymore? Jesus says they must, for the Old Testament law of oaths points to a greater righteousness – one fulfilled in himself. God is truth and in Jesus that truth is now embodied in one who is the truth. As his followers we are called to a new standard of truthfulness.
Part 4 of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, A Charter of Kingdom Living – Jesus expounds the righteousness that surpasses that of the Pharisees and teachers of the law (5:20) by contrasting the Old Testament rules with the righteousness, and relationship, to which they point. In our passage this morning, Jesus speaks of the sanctity of human life.
Part 3 of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, A Charter of Kingdom Living – “What does God want from me?” That’s a central question in life, for it points to what we were created for. In our passage this morning, Jesus declares that what God wants most is a relationship grounded in the righteousness which Jesus both provides and empowers. The new people of God which Jesus creates is not centered on the Law but on him.