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Is Your Word Good Enough? (5 of 8)
Series: Righteousness Redefined
I realize that the messages in this series have been somewhat "hard" and perhaps difficult to hear.
They haven't been all that fun to preach, either.
But, again, I have been called to preach the whole counsel of God
Furthermore, God has called me to "shepherd" the flock.
That involves feeding, leading, but also protecting.
And there are some dangers that lurk out there that you not only need to be aware of, but that can destroy you.
I'm here to help you.
Once again, in this series, we see where Jesus is redefining "righteousness".
We are "declared" righteous, or in right standing with God because of the shed bled of Christ.
But we are to "pursue" righteousness, or right living, because we have been saved.
The gospel calls us to live righteously because our hearts have been changed.
Out of our loving God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, we long to honor, reverence and obey him; the highest form of worship.
There were some who thought that because they hadn't murdered anyone they were righteous and wouldn't face God's judgment.
But Jesus said if you are angry with your brother you are guilty and face God's judgment.
There were those who prided themselves on not having committed adultery; but Jesus said that if you look at a woman with lustful intent, or if you marry someone who has been divorced without biblical grounds, you commit adultery.
He is redefining righteousness.
Today, we look at what Jesus says about taking oaths.
TEXT: Matthew 5:33-37
"Cross my heart and hope to die; stick a needle in my eye."
"I swear it on my mother's grave."
"If I'm lyin' I'm dyin'"
What do these phrases mean?
They mean that there is recourse if the one doesn't tell the truth or keep their word.
They are meant to show how serious one is about what they are saying or prom ...
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