A True Christian Will Love Their Enemies – Christians are called to love their enemies, no excuses. Is this not a big ask? No. Nathan Tarrant explains not only why we must love our enemies but also how to love them. He also explains that there is a big difference between loving and liking and why we are not called to like everyone, but to love them.
A True Christian Will Deny Self –In this second sermon from Matthew 5:38-42 Nathan Tarrant shows Living Hope the 4 indicators of a true Christian. These four indicators are all about denying self and thinking of others. Because these are not natural habits to have and can only come from being born again, a person claiming to be a Christian must not have any problem having these indicators prominent in their life.
A True Christian’s Word is Enough – The scribes and the Pharisees had become so perverted in their oath making that Christ tells them in Matthew 5 : 33-37 to stop and simply allow their yes to mean yes and their no to mean no. The making of an oath is not wrong, but as Christians can you truly say that your word is enough? When you say you will do something do you do it, or do you have to back it up with false oaths that have no meaning whatsoever?
A True Christian Will Have Oneness With God – The scribes and the Pharisees had been perverting the law for their benefit and Christ gives his most direct challenge on the subject of divorce in Matthew 5:30-32. Why? Because divorce was never permitted by God and that is because it was always God’s intention for a man and woman to come together and be one flesh and for that to be an example for the relationship we are to have with Christ a relationship of oneness.
A True Christian Will Mortify Their Sin – Nathan Tarrant discusses how there are three aspects that make up our act of sin: The suggestion of sin, the taking pleasure in sin, and the consenting to sin. Christ addresses the suggestion of sin in Matthew 5:27-30 by showing that even if you simply give in to the suggestion of sin then you have given consent to it and the sin will be complete, therefore making it known to God in our heart.
A True Christian Will Not Hate – The Lord Christ informs the scribes and Pharisees that there attitude to murder and the command of Moses, is wrong. Our attitude should go further than not murdering, it should go right down to not even think someone is a fool or idiot. Nathan Tarrant leads the congregation through verses 21-26 of Matthew 5 and explains how it is vital that we sort out any differences we have with others as a matter of urgency before coming before God.
The Spirit of The Message – From Matthew 5:21 to the remainder of the chapter, the Lord Christ explains the spirit of His message, by outlining what it means to be more righteous than the scribes and the Pharisees, before going on in the remainder of His sermon to explain how to be more righteous than they. In this sermon Nathan Tarrant gives LHBC an understanding first of what Christ is to say in the remainder of the chapter so we can fully grasp the serious nature of it.
A True Christian Will Be Righteous – Unless our righteousness exceed that of the Scribes and the Pharisees, we will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven. The question therefore is how can we make sure we have the correct righteousness for entrance in to Heaven? Nathan Tarrant explains what Christ means in verse 20.
A True Christian Will Embrace The Law – The Lord Jesus now explains the importance of the Law. How not only has He not come to do away with it, but He has come to fulfil it fully – all three aspects of it: The Moral, the Ceremonial and the Judicial. When we fully come to understand what this means, then we come to fully understand what He did on the cross.
A True Christian Will Be Both Salt & A Light –Having been shown how a Christian should be through the Beatitudes, The Lord Jesus now explains what a True Christian should do, and that is be both salt and a light to the world. How important is it to be salt to the world? To Christ it is very important because unless we are, we are seen as good for nothing.