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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 5:43-48

Carefully Think Read Matthew 5:43-48. Sum up the main idea in one short sentence. What is 5:43 referring to? Where was this taught? If Jesus did not come to do away with the law, how does his statement of 5:44 fit with what was taught in 5:43? What reasons does Jesus give for praying for your enemies and persecutors (5:45)? What does He mean by these illustrations? ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 5:38-42

Carefully Think Read Matthew 5:38-42. Summarize in one sentence what the main idea is. How does Matthew 5:38-42 fit with the idea Jesus expressed in 5:17-20? Read Exodus 21:24; Leviticus 24:20; and Deuteronomy 19:21. What are these passages teaching about retaliation? Why would the OT emphasize this? How do these OT passages help you understand what Jesus is referrin...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 5:33-37

Carefully Think Read Matthew 5:33-37. Summarize in one sentence what Jesus' main point is. How does this passage relate to what Jesus said in 5:17-20? What are the similarities and differences between this passage and the previous sections (anger: 5:21-26; lust: 5:27-30; divorce: 5:31-32)? Read through the following OT passages: Exodus 20:7; Leviticus 19:12; Numbers ...

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Reaffirmation of Elders

The following is the announcement by the elders (read by Bret Capranica) on reaffirming Rob Stouffer as an elder for a second term. According to our bylaws, lay elders serve 3-year terms.An elder may be affirmed to serve two consecutive terms before our bylaws stipulate they must take a year off before serving again as an elder. In October, Rob Stouffer and Brett Harris ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 5:31-32

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 5:27-30

Carefully Think Read Matthew 5:27-30. How does this passage describe what Jesus was talking about in Matt 5:17-20? Who gave the teaching, "You shall not commit adultery?" How does Jesus see his words in comparison to what was taught? What does Jesus liken to adultery in the passage? Why? In verses 29-30 Jesus advocates some radical actions. Why do you think he advo...

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