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Jesus' teaching in Matthew 5:28-48 has often been either misunderstood or ignored. "Do not resist the evil person"? "Turn the other cheek"? Is Jesus really teaching passive acquiescence and nonresistance to evil?  But wasn't Jesus' whole life, ministry, and death a struggle against the dehumanising powers of evil in all their forms?  So possibly, we have misunderstood his teaching.

In Matthew 5:28-48, Jesus is not teaching passive acquiescence and nonresistance to the powers, but creative nonviolent resistance to the powers of evil. This sermon examines Jesus' teaching and what it means for our lives as his followers.

The sermon was preached on Sunday 20th February, 2011, at St John's Southgate Lutheran Church.

You can access the PREZI which accompanied the sermon (and which contains a bible study) at this link.

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Jesus' radical teaching in the Sermon on the Mount lays out for us the path to true humanity, with warning signs that alert us to the danger of going the wrong way, and ending up with our lives on the rubbish dump of life. Jesus also gives us an alternative, life-giving way of ethical living as children of God that leads to true humanity and true life.

This sermon was preached at St John's Southgate on Sunday 13th February 2011. It was presented with the aid of a ' PREZI' slideshow, which has been updated to include a bible study (you will need internet access in order to use the PREZI as a bible study outline). That Prezi can be viewed at this link.

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Would Jesus perhaps have said this if he preached the Sermon on the Mount in our times? What does it really mean to be 'salt' and 'light' in this world? How do we 'Be who we are' as Jesus' people?

This sermon is based on Matthew 5:11-20. It was preached at St John's Southgate on Sunday February 6th, 2011.

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