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Keeping Our Promises (14 of 26)
Series: Kingdom Life
''Let what you way be simply 'Yes' or 'No'; anything more than this comes from evil'' (Matt. 5:37).
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells his followers that he expects his followers to be different-different from ''the Gentiles'' (i.e., people who don't know the true God) and ''the scribes and Pharisees'' (i.e., religious people whose righteousness is lacking). In 5:33-37, he says that his followers are to be different in how they keep their promises.
[Read Matthew 5:33-37.]
Sometimes when you tell someone you'll do something, they ask, ''Do you promise?'' Why do people want us to say, ''I promise''? Because they have doubts that we'll really do what we say we'll do. We live in a world of broken promises.
[Give an example of a time when a person broke a promise to me.]
PEOPLE OF INTEGRITY
Why is it important that we keep our promises? In a world of broken promises, followers of Jesus are to be different. We are to be people of integrity.
Being a person of integrity is an effective way to DISPLAY THE LIFE-CHANGING POWER OF THE GOSPEL.
AN OATH IS A SERIOUS THING
Jesus says, ''You have heard that it was said of those of old, 'You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn''' (v. 33). Jesus is summarizing what the OT says about oaths. Oaths are ''invocations of God or of some sacred object to undergird a statement or pro-mise.''
''You shall not swear by my name falsely, and so profane the name of your God: I am the LORD'' (Lev. 19:12).
''If a man vows a vow to the LORD, or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break his word. He shall do according to all ...
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