Following Jesus: Doing
From Beatitudes of Being to Declarations of Doing (v. 27-31)
27 “But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29 If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. 30 Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.
Knowing Jesus is a Result of His Calling
Being His Disciple Means a New Way of Seeing the World
Doing Discipleship is Key to Following Jesus
A Rationale for Putting Feet to Faith (v. 32-34)
32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again.
Difficult Questions of Doing
What sets us apart? What defines us and makes us any different from the world in which we live?
Why must Discipleship be centered upon Doing but Doing at the expense of self interest and preservation?
The Rationale of Faith
Why We Do What We Do (v. 35-36)
35 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
Repeat After Me
Our reward is found in a Kingdom not of this World
A Kingdom for the Children of God Defined by the Mercy of God
Go & DO Likewise
19 You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness. 21 Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls.
22 But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves.