Verse of the Day

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Matthew Bible Study: Matthew 5:48

This Wednesday, August 29, we will have our Matthew bible study. We will be studying Matthew 5:48. Although it is only one verse, it is more than enough. It packs a punch all by itself!

  1. This verse is not, in my humble opinion, the conclusion to Matthew 5:43-47. It is rather the conclusion to the preceding six antithetical statements. It summarizes the essence of what Christ has been teaching all along. Take some time to stop and think about how this verse summarizes all of what Christ has been saying so far in the "sermon on the mount."
  2. We are commanded to be "perfect" as God is "perfect" Perfect means "end, goal, limit, mature, complete." Can we attain this in our lifetime? Are you striving for this? Is this important to you?

I will see you Wednesday night!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Matthew Bible Study: Matthew 5:38-42

We will be having our bible study this Wednesday, August 15, at 7:45 pm at Joel and Renay's house. Our passage of Scripture we will be studying is Matthew 5:38-42. As always, come with three observations/questions/thoughts that you want to share with the group. Here are some thoughts to help you as you prepare for tomorrow night:
  1. What is "Lex Talionis"
  2. Look up Ex. 22:21-27; Leviticus 24:19, 20; Deuteronomy 19:19. Read them in context!
  3. This passage is concerned with personal vengeance, not public order. This passage is not teaching that we should let "evil triumph."
  4. What are some points of application our society would do well to glean from this passage?

I will see you tomorrow night!

Andrew Manwarren