We make promises to one another on a regular basis. Some commitments, like marriage, are intended to last a lifetime, while others are for a season. Let's revisit Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.
We say things we don’t really mean all the time. But as followers of Christ, we’re called to live a life of integrity and honesty. In Matthew chapter 5, Jesus says “Let your yes be yes and your no, no.”
We’re all prone to stretch the truth, or even tell blatant lies. But Jesus calls us to a higher standard, one of honesty and integrity.
Have you ever met someone who manipulates reality by telling only a half-truth? Or uses a kernel of truth to plant a lie?
Have you ever stretched the truth a little, to protect yourself from ridicule or just to come across a little better? How we’re to live lives of integrity!
Read through the New Testament and it’s obvious that the culture Jesus engaged is vastly different from our own. But though the speech and customs have changed, the call to integrity and honesty in all things hasn’t.
Ask any parent of small children and they’ll tell you how kids are prone to compromise. Sometimes it’s telling a half-truth or hiding a stolen treasure in their pocket. But what’s true of little ones doesn’t necessarily disappear when we grow up! Join us for a lesson in honesty and integrity.
Strike up a conversation with a neighbor or co-worker and you’ll find that many people think of Jesus as a “good teacher.” Let's take up one of Jesus’ teachings that isn’t so easy to swallow.
As children, we sang about “sticks and stones,” but as adults, we’re well aware of the pain of words, as well! So, how should Christians respond to the sting from an angry comment or a public insult?
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells His followers to “turn the other cheek.” But does this mean that Christians are weak?
When you run into a legal confrontation, how should you settle it? And, when there’s a dispute, how do you make peace? In Matthew chapter 5, search for answers in the Sermon on the Mount.
You’ll often hear people talking about “going the second mile.” It’s a reference we don’t even think about today, but Jesus taught that generosity characterizes a Christian!