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Simple statements of Christian truth and life to help us reflect on following Jesus. This podcast supplements The Journey Sunday School class at Lake Murray Presbyterian Church in Chapin, SC.

Simply Stated V. Blaine Hill

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Simple statements of Christian truth and life to help us reflect on following Jesus. This podcast supplements The Journey Sunday School class at Lake Murray Presbyterian Church in Chapin, SC.

    Growing up Fast(ing)

    Growing up Fast(ing)

    Matthew 6:16-18

    Prayer Payoffs

    Prayer Payoffs

    Matthew 6:1, 5-8

    • 8 min
    Secret Goodness

    Secret Goodness

    Jesus' teaching on charity and caring for others.

    • 19 min
    Loving our enemies

    Loving our enemies

    November 17, 2019 How to treat your enemies.
    Matthew 5: 43-48
    My thesis for the study:
    In the sermon on the mount, Jesus teaches us how to live in the world. Jesus gives actual instruction and formation. More than rules or law, the SOM is a set of convictions about moral truth.
    43“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your
    enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
    45 so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the
    evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. 46 For if you
    love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the
    same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers and sisters,m(3154) what more are you
    doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your
    heavenly Father is perfect.
    Where? Summary: Since all of Jesus actions and teachings show us that he is not interested in mere rule-keeping righteousness, we find that he is working for restoration, and that he places high demands upon those who follow him.
     
    INTRODUCTION
     
    1.     What if you were in charge of Santa’s Naughty and nice list? Do you have some people who you would include on the naughty list, no matter what? Or more practically, do you have some names you could quickly put on an enemies list, like President Richard Nixon had?[i] Maybe we don’t want to publically state even the fact that we have enemies at all.  Surprisingly, Jesus spends no time wonder if he had enemies or that we have enemies. He knows we do. Here is the big question: How will we treat our enemies?
    2.     Welcome: Hi Pals, this is Blaine Hill with the Simply Stated Podcast for the Journey Sunday School class at Lake Murray Presbyterian Church in Chapin, SC. This season of the podcast is on Jesus sermon on the mount, in Matthew chapters 5 through 7. Today we are reading Matthew 5:43-38. I’ll try to get the basic ideas of the passage simply stated, then we’ll see what we can learn about the person of Jesus, understand theologically, about eternity and take some ethical guides from the reading.
    3.     Read 5:43-48
     
     
     

     
    A BLOCK
    4.     Stating things Simply
    a.     This is the 6th and final in a series of antithesis: you heard in the past…but I say…. This is the structure Jesus uses in his teaching about how he is fulfilling the law (5:17)
    b.     The law:
    You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy
                                                       i.     Love your neighbor: Leviticus 19:18
                                                     ii.     Hate your neighbor is not a command of the law, but it is a troubling and fair summary of considerable parts of the Old Testament. A few examples
    ·       The slaughter of the people living in Canaan in the book of Joshua
    ·       Psalm 35:7-9
     
                                                   iii.     Let’s be clear: enemies are, by definition, people to hate. The people you hate are enemies. Once again, we find Jesus speaking in powerfull, unsettling ways.
    c.     So what does Jesus do to fulfill the law?
    Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
                                                       i.      
                                                     ii.      
     
    d.     Why in the world would we possibly love our enemies or pray for people who persecute us?
    so that you may be children of your Father in heaven;
     
    e.     Love based in God alone
     
    for he makes his sun rise on th

    Contempt, Coercion, Manipulation

    Contempt, Coercion, Manipulation

    How should a disciple of Jesus respond when someone treats me with contempt, coercion or manipulation.

    • 20 min
    Just a Yes, Just a No

    Just a Yes, Just a No

    Jesus takes on how we use and misuse word. Matthe 5:33—37

    • 18 min

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