Fulfilled: Let Your Yes, Be Yes :: YouVersion Event
StoneBridge Community Church
Fulfilled: Let Your Yes, Be Yes
Senior Pastor Jon Saur
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  • StoneBridge Community Church
    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:00 PM, Sunday 5:01 PM

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In Matthew 5:17, Jesus makes clear that he came not to destroy the Law, but to fulfill it. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches his disciples what a "fulfilled" life looks like in practice. In this sermon series, we will be looking at key teachings from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, seeking to understand how Jesus' words apply to our lives today.

The Text in Context

"If you are ever called on to testify in court, you will be asked, 'Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?' Are you violating Scripture to put yourself under such an oath? ... Some Christians would answer, 'yes.' I would be among those who say...". Read more by clicking this link.Note to growth groups - extra discussion questions are available at the end of this commentary.

Sermon Outline

I. Do people take the Bible literally?

II. "Do not swear oaths at all."

III. "Let your Yes be Yes, your No, no.

IV. Why is truthfulness so important?

V. Putting this all together.

Total Depravity

Telling the truth becomes difficult because of human depravity. In our fallen state, even the most noble of efforts to accurately convey truth become tainted with sin. Recognizing the difficulty that total depravity presents doesn't have to lead us to despair, though.
Total Depravity can be an intimidating doctrine. But, when understood properly, it can be one that helps make sense of what we see in the world. Here is an article of one Episcopalian priest's embrace of "Total Depravity" as a concept and why it can be a freeing doctrine, rather than a condemning one.

Jesus' teaching in Matthew 5:33-37 also shows up in James' letter. The fact that this teaching shows up twice, almost word for word emphasizes its importance to Jesus' earliest disciples.

1. Take a review of your words. In what situations do your words match reality? In what situations do they not match reality?

2. Take a review of your sources of information. How often have the words of your information sources reflected reality? What predictions that people you listen to or follow have come true? What predictions have fallen short?

3. What practices might you need to change? Prayerfully consider, what sources of information you may need to be more cautious of?

4. In prayer, lift up those areas where your words don't match reality, to God. Ask for God's forgiveness and trust that you will receive it. If ready, seek forgiveness from someone to whom you haven't been honest.

5. Rest in the ultimate truth - In Jesus, you are forgiven and accepted. Therefore, there is no fear in being honest.

1. What difficulties might arise if you were to never take an oath? What challenges would such a stance present?

2. What is the difference between an oath and a vow?

3. Do you believe Christians are, by and large, known for their truthfulness? Why or why not? What examples would you point to for your stance?

4. In what areas of your life do you find it difficult to uphold this command taught by Jesus in Matthew 5:33-37?

Starting this weekend, we are launching our new sermon series, Fulfilled. Fulfilled will insightfully journey through the Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew. Whether in-person or by Zoom, join a growth group to deepen your sense of community and participation in this message series. Fill out the form in your program and place in the offering basket or use the link below!

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