Another Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager
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tool for your own studies if such is helpful!   Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not
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Brian A. Yeager





I. Introduction:
    A. We live in a time where sin is often excused by us being “imperfect”:
    Notice: “No one is perfect Christians aren’t perfect, just forgiven” (www.
    hope-in-jesus.com).
    1. Is grace an excuse for sin (Romans 6:1-2; 15-16)?
    2. Who does grace belong to (Ephesians 6:24; cf. Joshua 22:5,
    and II John 6)?
    B. As we study today we’ll see the phrase “Father which is in Heaven”
    of which relationship Jesus terms often in this lesson of His (cf.
    Matthew 5:44-45; 6:1; 6:9; 6:14; 6:26; 6:32; 7:11).
    1. Those that cannot hear the truth are children of the devil (John
    8:38-44 and II Corinthians 4:3-4).
    2. We are of the Father for we hear and obey the truth (John 14:22-
    24, II Corinthians 6:14-18, and I John 2:21-24).

II. Body: Regardless of man’s terms, God’s terms are clear (Matthew 5:48).
    A. Matthew 5:48 is not the only passage teaching us to be perfect
    (Genesis 6:9, Genesis 17:1, Deuteronomy 18:13, Job 1:1; 8; 2:3, Psalms
    37:7-9, II Corinthians 7:1, II Corinthians 13:9; 11, Philippians 3:13-15,
    Colossians 1:25-28, Colossians 4:12, II Timothy 3:16-17, and James 1:3-
    4).
    1. Consider that we are to be holy, without blemish, and
    unblameable (Ephesians 1:4, Colossians 1:20-22,  Hebrews 12:14,
    James 1:26-27, I Peter 1:13-16, and II Peter 3:10-14).
    2. Does this mean we are to be without sin (John 5:10-14, John 8:1-
    11, II Timothy 2:19, and I Peter 4:1-2)?
    B. Are we to follow the example of God or not (Luke 6:40 and Ephesians
    5:1)?
    1. Did Jesus walk a sinless, perfect life on earth (Hebrews 2:17-18;
    4:14-15; 7:26; 9:28)?
    2. Are we supposed to follow His sinless example (I Peter 2:21-25
    and I John 2:1-6)?
    C. Wherein does God accept less than perfection - what sins are better
    than others to commit (Luke 13:26-27)?
    1. Shall we say adultery, covetousness, and homosexuality are
    more or less than theft (I Corinthians 6:9-10)?
    2. Shall we say that witchcraft, the party spirit, and seditions are
    more or less than drunkenness (Galatians 5:19-21)?
    3. We know all manner of violating God’s will is equally wrong
    (James 2:10-13), but some just do not contemplate the logic of
    “we all sin from time to time”!

III. Conclusion: What if we lack perfection (Revelation 3:1-3)?
    A. We need to learn who’s way is perfect and follow it (II Samuel 22:31;
    33).
    B. If you do not want to be a cast away, you’d better be perfect (Job 8:
    20).

© 2008 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain.  Use this as a tool
for your own studies if such is helpful!   Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my
work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies.  –
Brian A. Yeager
The Sermon On The Mount (Part 11)
Matthew 5:48