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Dr. Jay P. Cook, Pastor

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A Godly Moral Code – Jesus’ Moral Code for Living
Matthew 5:17-20

Intro:

Where are our morals? Where are we headed as a country?  We have questionable moral choices and many people see nothing wrong with shop lifting or taking a look at pornography on line.  It is not just an issue of immorality but it also an issue of amorality.
Let me define those words for you:

We live in a country that has not only become immoral but we have become amoral – we live in a country that says there is no such thing as an absolute moral standard.  Just do your own thing,  Let’s take a look at what Jesus had to say about moral standard in the greatest sermon ever preached, the Sermon on the Mount, by the Greatest Preacher who ever lived.  This morning we are going to look at what Christ had to say about the Law and the Prophets.

Matthew 5:17-20 (NIV)
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 I tell you the truth, 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 Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same 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.

It wasn’t just what Jesus had to SAY about morality that changed the world forever. It was what Jesus had to DO that changed everything--and that continues to change everyone who will believe on him.

Exodus 20:1-17 (NIV)
1 And God spoke all these words:
2 "I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
3 "You shall have no other gods before me.
4 "You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand [generations] of those who love me and keep my commandments.
7 "You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
8 "Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates.  For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
12 "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
13 "You shall not murder.
14 "You shall not commit adultery.
15 "You shall not steal.
16 "You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
17 "You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor."

 
Conclusion:
Jesus Christ is telling us that we need to live out a Christ centered moral life – it is what we are called to do.  But we got to go beyond the here to do that. The job of the church is not to impact the church, but to impact the world.

The NFL draft happened Thursday night. But right now there may not be any football season next Fall because a group of multi-millionaire players can’t agree with a bunch multi-multi- millionaire owners over a contract.  
The church is similar to a football game.  It’s like a huddle in a football game. 65,050 people don’t $65 a ticket and more to watch the huddle. What if you went to a Steelers game and for 2½ hours you watched 11 men stand in a circle and talk? That’s not what you pay for!! 65,050 people pay $65 a ticket to see what difference the huddle makes. What they want to know is, having called the play in secret, does it work in public?
The challenge for the church is not what we do when we call our Sunday morning huddle, but what we do when we break our huddle and head out to the world we live in.  Will our lives reflect God’s moral law?  When Satan lines up against us, what difference does it make that we are Christians?

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