Jesus’ teachings created the basis for an ethic that would sustain the disciples during his earthly ministry as well as beyond it. This talk focuses on Jesus’ teachings that form the heart of the disciple’s ethical life. First, Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount describes the ideals and goals of Christian living (Matt 5:21-47). Second, Jesus examines one’s thought, motive, just as important as actions (Matt 5:21-30). Since the new life begins with a work of the Spirit in the heart, one’s righteousness reflects the depths of the human heart. Thirdly, love is the central theme of the disciple’s life, which include loving one’s enemies and praying for those who persecute him or her (Matt 5:43-45).
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The Ethical Dimension of Discipleship
Sunday, 24 February 2019