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Discipleship - Excellence. Mt. 5:43-48 “What do you do exceptional ?” “…I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly ” (Jn. 10:10). Challenge to Excellence, Mt. 5:17-48. “You Have Heard - But I Say” (5:21-22,27-28,31-32,33-35,38-39,43-44)

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Discipleship - Excellence

Mt. 5:43-48

“What do you do exceptional?”

“…I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (Jn. 10:10).


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Challenge to Excellence, Mt. 5:17-48

  • “You Have Heard - But I Say” (5:21-22,27-28,31-32,33-35,38-39,43-44)

  • Contrasts the Old with the New, Jn. 1:17; Heb. 10:28,29

  • Some say He contrasts real meaning with Pharisees’ interpretations.


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Not - “it is also written” but “I Say”

  • “You shall not murder,” Dt. 5:14

  • “You shall not commit adultery,” Dt. 5:18

  • “A certificate of divorce,” Dt. 24:1

  • “You shall not swear falsely,” Lev. 19:12

  • “An eye for an eye…” Ex. 21:24

  • “Love your neighbor, and hate you enemy” Lev. 19:17,18 (Dt. 25:17-19; Ps. 109)


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The Law of Christ is Superior

  • Jesus taught the more excellent way while the Law was in effect

  • “Tell it to the church,” Mt. 18:15-17

  • “Worship in spirit and truth,” Jn. 4:21-24

  • What Jesus taught in Mt. 5:31,32; 19:9 is not what Moses permitted, Dt. 24:1-4

  • “Be perfect...love your enemies,” Mt. 5:48


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Example of Excellence, Jn. 13

  • Self-centered – serve me! (Lk. 22:24-27)

  • Jesus’ example, Jn. 13:1-17

  • What He knew, 13:1-3

  • What He did, 13:4-5

  • What He taught, 13:6-17

  • Peter learned submission, 1 Pet. 2:13,18; 3:1; 5:5,6 (He finally got it right!)


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The More Excellent Way

  • The way of love – serve, 1 Cor. 12:31-13:3

  • When we can, Gal. 6:10

  • Who we can, Lk. 10:29-37

  • Without tooting our horn, Mt. 6:2


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Conclusion

  • A corporal became a Christian; Sergeant saw him kneeling in prayer – threw his shoes at him. Next morning the sergeant’s shoes were shined beside his bed!

  • Discipleship is Excellence – It is not easy but it is Christ’s way! (Mt. 5:46-48)


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