LIFE Part 5 “A Life of Lasting Difference”

This Weeks Sermon Notes:

A Life of Lasting Difference


Three important things about the law:

1.  It is still ___________________.

2.  It is still _____________________.

3.  It is still not _____________________.

Matthew 5:20

20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

           The law was never meant to be a __________________ of eternal life but a __________________ for earthly life.

There are two basic models for rules and relationships:

In the ______________ model rules _______________ relationships.

In the ______________ model rules _______________ relationships.

God follows the _______________ model.

Exodus 20:1-2

                20 And God spoke all these words: 2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.


            The guidelines Jesus gives us are _______________ and they go _____________ the grain of our nature and our culture.

People who do the hard things make a ___________________.

Big Idea:  If you live the life Jesus teaches now, you will make a difference _________ and ____________.

       1.  A life of _________________.

Matthew 5:33-37


33 “Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made.’ 34 But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. 36 And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. 37 All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.[a]

A _________________ world needs a _______________ answer.

2.  A life of ___________________.

Matthew 5:38-42

Eye for Eye

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’[a] 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

            The early followers of Jesus were known for their          incredible ___________________.

The follower of Jesus can allow himself to be taken        _________________ of because of the incredible ___________________ of a     relationship with Jesus Christ.

Your ________________ to others brings _______________ to      your God and God will ________________  you.

3.  A life of __________________.

Matthew 5:43-48

Love for Enemies

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

               Do you ______________ your enemies?

The lack of love for our “enemies” is a _______________      sin for the body of Jesus Christ.

We see this lack of love some times in ______________         officials and policies.

We see this lack of love most often in _______________        relationships.

Will you live a life of ________________, ________________ and ______________ that makes a difference?