KINGDOM101: Matthew 5:13-48

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The picture of salt was easily understood by Jesus’ original audience. But what does it mean to us as disciples of Jesus today? From this simple but rich symbol of salt, Henson teaches on Matt 5:13, drawing seven salty implications, whilst addressing faulty impressions, for consideration and application.

God is light. Jesus is the True Light. And those who believe are sons of light, and these are to be the light of the world. Note, however, that there are alternative sources of light that Christians must be wary of, both in the world and also in the Church. May we learn to discern that we may always shine through the good works of the kingdom that bring glory to the Father.

What did Jesus mean when He said that He came to fulfil the Law? Many have taken Matt 5:17-20 to say that the Law is no longer applicable to Christians. And especially for Gentile believers, all that is required is love. In this teaching, Henson addresses common misunderstandings and explains how the Law of Christ and the Love of Christ are both complementary and relevant for today.

Upholding the Law, Jesus moves from a general principle to six specific examples. In Matt 5:21-26, the King exposes a heart that is prone to uncontrolled anger. Left unchecked, who knows what it can lead to, or what it will result in? Should the 6th commandment be changed to “Thou shalt not be angry” then? Should we turn to anger management principles? Listen to this teaching to learn what is expected of kingdom subjects.

In Matt 5:27-30, Jesus reveals the root cause of adultery: lust. Man’s struggle with lust, adultery and sexual immorality is not a new one. Against a highly sexualised backdrop, Christians experience the same challenges too. After unpacking this passage, Henson provides ten practical points to help believers deal decisively with lust.

Are Christians allowed to divorce? Yes? No? Continuing with the next two verses (Matt 5:31-32) of Jesus’ discourse about adultery and lust, Henson explores the challenging, and often controversial, topic of divorce. After providing background and context, Henson then shares seven pastoral principles for consideration and application.

How do you take an oath truthfully and yet not be bound by it? In this next “you-have-heard-I-but-say-to-you” teaching in Matt 5:33-37, Jesus addresses the issue of empty promises and taking the name of God in vain. Building on context, Henson then shares principles for Christians, and brings awareness to how we may be committing the same mistakes without even realising it.

Familiarity with the phrase “an eye for an eye” or “turn the other cheek” may not necessarily mean that one understands its context or meaning. In Matt 5:38-42, Jesus showed how the Law of Retaliation had become the Law of Tit-for-Tat. But living and led by the Holy Spirit, kingdom subjects have a different repayment plan.

Matt 5:43-48 may begin with neighbours and enemies, but ends with Father and sons. The subject is love, and the target is perfection. At the end, Henson shares practical tips on how believers can put into practice the seemingly impossible command of loving our enemies. The Father did it, and He expects His children to grow up into maturity that they too may be able to do the same.

#34 Matt 5:13 Salty Salt

The picture of salt was easily understood by Jesus’ original audience. But what does it mean to us as disciples of Jesus today? From this simple but rich symbol of salt, Henson teaches on Matt 5:13, drawing seven salty implications, whilst addressing faulty impressions, for consideration and application.

#35 Matt 5:14-16 Light Father Light Son

God is light. Jesus is the True Light. And those who believe are sons of light, and these are to be the light of the world. Note, however, that there are alternative sources of light that Christians must be wary of, both in the world and also in the Church. May we learn to discern that we may always shine through the good works of the kingdom that bring glory to the Father.

#36 Matt 5:17-20 Just Love Law

What did Jesus mean when He said that He came to fulfil the Law? Many have taken Matt 5:17-20 to say that the Law is no longer applicable to Christians. And especially for Gentile believers, all that is required is love. In this teaching, Henson addresses common misunderstandings and explains how the Law of Christ and the Love of Christ are both complementary and relevant for today.

#37 Matt 5:21-26 Anger Danger

Upholding the Law, Jesus moves from a general principle to six specific examples. In Matt 5:21-26, the King exposes a heart that is prone to uncontrolled anger. Left unchecked, who knows what it can lead to, or what it will result in? Should the 6th commandment be changed to “Thou shalt not be angry” then? Should we turn to anger management principles? Listen to this teaching to learn what is expected of kingdom subjects.

#38 Matt 5:27-30 Deal With Lust First

In Matt 5:27-30, Jesus reveals the root cause of adultery: lust. Man’s struggle with lust, adultery and sexual immorality is not a new one. Against a highly sexualised backdrop, Christians experience the same challenges too. After unpacking this passage, Henson provides ten practical points to help believers deal decisively with lust.

#39 Matt 5:31-32 The Divorce Dilemma

Are Christians allowed to divorce? Yes? No? Continuing with the next two verses (Matt 5:31-32) of Jesus’ discourse about adultery and lust, Henson explores the challenging, and often controversial, topic of divorce. After providing background and context, Henson then shares seven pastoral principles for consideration and application.

#40 Matt 5:33-37 Yea Yea Nay Nay

How do you take an oath truthfully and yet not be bound by it? In this next “you-have-heard-I-but-say-to-you” teaching in Matt 5:33-37, Jesus addresses the issue of empty promises and taking the name of God in vain. Building on context, Henson then shares principles for Christians, and brings awareness to how we may be committing the same mistakes without even realising it.

#41 Matt 5:38-42 Repayment Plan

Familiarity with the phrase “an eye for an eye” or “turn the other cheek” may not necessarily mean that one understands its context or meaning. In Matt 5:38-42, Jesus showed how the Law of Retaliation had become the Law of Tit-for-Tat. But living and led by the Holy Spirit, kingdom subjects have a different repayment plan.

#42 Matt 5:43-48 Practice Makes Perfect

Matt 5:43-48 may begin with neighbours and enemies, but ends with Father and sons. The subject is love, and the target is perfection. At the end, Henson shares practical tips on how believers can put into practice the seemingly impossible command of loving our enemies. The Father did it, and He expects His children to grow up into maturity that they too may be able to do the same.

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