Chestnut Ridge Church
The Greatest - Part 5
The Greatest explores what really matters to Jesus – love – and it will answer questions such as: Why does love matter so much? What does it mean to love? How can we grow in our capacity to love? Together, let's learn what it really means to love well.
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  • Chestnut Ridge Church [CRC]
    2223 Cheat Rd, Morgantown, WV 26508, USA
    Sunday 8:00 AM
  • Sunday 5:55 PM

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The Lion and The Lamb, Overcome, This I Believe, Death Was Arrested

http://theridge.church/startingpoint TODAY after all services: If you have questions about faith, God, forgiveness, Jesus or the Bible, Starting Point might be your next step. Learn more at theridge.church/startingpoint, or plan to attend a 15-minute orientation in the conference room after one of the three services next Sunday.

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http://theridge.church/deviate As students mature, experience life change and move into adulthood, the value of experiencing community, having fun, being able to discuss faith, and finding a place to ask questions in a changing culture is important.

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http://theridge.church/crccampusretreat College students! CRC Campus is heading to Ohiopyle to enjoy the outdoors, spend some time in discussion, and hang out for a summer retreat! Registration is open until May 28th, and the cost is just $25.

There will be no 5 pm service on Sunday, May 28, so make plans to join us at The Ridge during the 9 am or 11 am services that particular Sunday! Beginning June 4th, keep your eyes open as we bring on the summer fun at the 5 pm service! There’s more info coming…

Save the date! JULY 1st from noon to 4 pm at Camp Muffly!

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The Greatest - Part 5 [May 21, 2017] Tim Haring

Love Your Enemies—love means overcoming evil with good.
“The ancient Babylonian text Counsels of Wisdom…advises: ‘Do not return evil to the man who disputes with you; requite with kindness your evil- doer… smile on your adversary.’”

-Dr. John Nolland
“The Egyptian wisdom text Instruction of Amenemopet advises: ‘So steer that we may be able to bring the wicked man across.…Fill his belly with bread of thine, so that he may be sated and may be ashamed.’”[1]


[1] Nolland John. (2005). Preface. In The Gospel of Matthew: a commentary on the Greek text (p. 265). Grand Rapids, MI; Carlisle: W.B. Eerdmans; Paternoster Press.


The best option is to take ‘enemy’ in a quite general sense at the individual and personal level, and to think in terms of how one should orient oneself to someone who is hostile.[1] - Nolland


[1] Nolland John. (2005). Preface. In The Gospel of Matthew: a commentary on the Greek text (p. 264). Grand Rapids, MI; Carlisle: W.B. Eerdmans; Paternoster Press.
We are not to treat people the way they mistreat us.
WHY?
We have an opportunity to prove we are children of God.
That we are, indeed, sons of God will become a settled fact when our likeness to our Father in loving our enemies as he loves his furnishes the open evidence.[1]


[1] Lenski, R. C. H. (1961). The Interpretation of St. Matthew’s Gospel (p. 248). Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Publishing House.
The meaning is, “that you may show yourselves to be such by resembling Him.”[1] - Jamieson


[1] Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Vol. 2, p. 24). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.
WHY?
We have an opportunity to prove we are children of God.
We have an opportunity to receive a 'reward' from God.
We are not to treat people the way they mistreat us.
WHY?
We have an opportunity to prove we are children of God.
We have an opportunity to receive a 'reward' from God.
We have an opportunity to do something extraordinary.
We are not to treat people the way they mistreat us.
WHY?
We have an opportunity to prove we are children of God.
We have an opportunity to receive a 'reward' from God.
We have an opportunity to do something extraordinary.

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