by Jim Perdue

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The Heart of the Matter (2 of 7)
Series: Accidental Pharisees
Jim Perdue
Matthew 5:21-30

Tonight, we continue our Sunday evening series entitled Accidental Pharisees. It will be a painful series in many ways. I believe God wants to challenge some of our pre-conceived notions about what it truly means to follow Him. But, I also believe it will be a very powerful and liberating series for us as well.

Tonight, we come to the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5 and look at this subject, The Heart of the Matter. Jesus makes it abundantly clear that He is not just concerned about our outward actions, He is also concerned about our attitudes. You and I can only see actions, He sees motivations. We can see what others do. Jesus knows why they do it. We see the outward appearance, God sees the heart. READ TEXT - PRAY

The heart is a hard-working marvel. It can keep on beating automatically even if all other nerves were severed. And what a beat! It beats an average of 75 times a minute, forty million times a year, or two-and-a-half billion times in a life of 70 years. At each beat, the average adult heart discharges about four ounces of blood. This amounts to three thousand gallons a day or 650,000 gallons a year-enough to fill more than 81 tank cars of 8,000 gallons each. The heart does enough work in one hour to lift a 150-pound man to the top of a three-story building, enough energy in twelve hours to lift a 65-ton tank car one foot off the ground, or enough power in seventy years to lift the largest battleship afloat completely out of the water. *

But with all that strength and power, far too often we don’t have the heart to really follow God. *Joseph Stowell said, “The word “heart” is used in Scripture as the most comprehensive term for the authentic person. It is the part of our being where we desire, deliberate, and decide. It has been described as "the place of conscious and decisive spiritual activity," "the comprehensive term for a person as a whole ...

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