The “Follow” challenge
Read the Gospel of Matthew (Sept-Oct)
Pick up two books:
The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Radical Disciple by John Stott
Join us Wednesday night 6:30pm in Room 200 to continue the discussion
Follow: Run free inside the fence
Matthew 5:17-20, NIV 2011 “17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 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.”
Matthew 7:28-29, NIV 2011 28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.
Old Testament: Law, Prophets, and Writings = “Fence” around Israel
Abolish = loosen, tear down, do away with, disregard
Fulfill = live up to intention, confirm
What the Law described about God, Jesus fulfilled in the flesh.
What the Law promised about God, Jesus fulfilled in himself.
What the Law prescribed about us, Jesus fulfilled in the Cross.
Romans 10:4, NIV 2011 Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.
Galatians 3:23-29, NIV 2011 (see 3:15-21) 23 Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. 24 So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. 25 Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. 26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Jesus calls us to a deeper obedience not more obedience.
“God does not allow us the right to say, “I will obey his teaching about murder but not his teaching about adultery or fornication”; or, “I will obey his teaching about theft but not about divorce.” To refuse his right to rule any of our ethics or behavior is to deny his lordship.”
Trusting in Jesus means we accept that He is enough.
Romans 3:19-26, NIV 2011 19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin. 21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.