Anger and Lust

Matthew 5:21-30

Anger and Lust

Matthew 5:21-30

Sermon Notes

Preacher: Jeremiah Fyffe


THE SERMON OUTLINE


1. CALL TO REPENTANCE


2. WHAT ARE THESE TEACHINGS?


3. ANGER


4. LUST


In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus is comparing God's own interpretation of the law against those of the religious establishment. 


Matthew 4:17

From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”


Isaiah 29:13

this people [draws] near with their mouth

and [honors] me with their lips,

while their hearts are far from me,


Hosea 6:6

For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.


You can hear that. The prophets are drawing a contrast between religious

formalism, and an actual act of humble submission before God.

Ezekiel 11:19–20

And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in my statutes and keep my rules and obey them. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.


Jeremiah 32:37

And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever


Micah 6:6–8

With what shall I come before the LORD,

and bow myself before God on high?

Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,

with calves a year old?

Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams,

with ten thousands of rivers of oil?

Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,

the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”

He has told you, O man, what is good;

and what does the LORD require of you

but to do justice, and to love kindness,

and to walk humbly with your God?


James 4:1–4

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.


Psalm 66:18

If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.


Exodus 20:17

You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.


Ezekiel 11:19–20

And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in my statutes and keep my rules and obey them. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.


Kent Hughes

Some time ago my wife and I were watching TV. In the middle of a program she stepped out for a moment, and when she returned, she asked what had transpired. I responded, “A worthless dope peddler was leading the two young boys astray.” My wife’s response brought me up short. “No one is worthless!” she said. And she is absolutely right. My sentiment was wrong theologically, emotionally, and socially. God loves everyone, even the debased sinner!

Celebration Song List

CELEBRATE Who God Is

God Is For Us

The Gospel

CONNECT Our Need for Christ

He Will Hold Me Fast

COMMUNITY In the Word and Communion

His Mercy Is More

CONTRIBUTION of Praise

Hollow

Nailed To The Cross

Community Group Questions

QUESTION 1:

Read Isaiah 29:13 and Hosea 6:6. How are these two passages similar to what Jesus is doing in our passage from Sunday (Matthew 5:21–30).

QUESTION 2:

Read James 4:1–4. The letter of James often seems to reflect upon the teachings of the Sermon on the Mount. How does this passage help us to understand Jesus’ teaching on anger and murder?

QUESTION 3:

The response Jesus expects to his announcement of the kingdom is that the people would repent. How does Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 5:27–30 help us to understand what it looks like to repent? 

QUESTION 4:

Spend time sharing how Jesus’ teaching about anger and lust is for the good of his people. What does it look like to walk faithfully according to what Jesus teaches here?

PRAYER NOTES