January 31, 2016 Sermon Outline

“The Motive for Murder”

Matthew 5: 21-28

Introduction: The Sermon on the Mount is full of Kingdom principles, how to live in the Kingdom of Heaven. The first is: how to handle anger.

I. Anger and Murder (Matthew 5: 21-22)

  • Jesus equated anger with murder. (Matt. 5: 21-22, 1 John 3:15)
  • Anger is the motive for murder. (Genesis 4: 5,8)
  • Murder is wrong. (Exodus 20:13)
  • Anger causes us to sin. (James 1:20, Colossians 3: 8,14)
  • God’s will is for us to honor and love. (Psalms 8:5, Matthew 5:22)

II. We are responsible for our anger. (Matthew 5:22)

  • None of our defenses will hold up in court.

III. Anger has consequences.

  • Anger kills relationships. (Matthew 5:22)
  • Anger hinders our prayers. (1 Timothy 2:8, Matthew 5:24)
  • “The fire of hell” (Matthew 5:22

IV. There is a remedy.

  • The feeling isn’t wrong!
  • “Forgive me. Help me.”
  • “Be Reconciled.” (Matthew 5: 23-24, 18:15)
  • “Do not take legal action. (Matthew 5: 25-26)

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