Did Jesus Really Say That :: You Must Be Perfect/Love Your Enemies

By February 9, 2020Mt Pleasant Sermons

Bible Study

Don’t just take our word for it . . . take His! We would encourage you to spend time examining the following Scriptures that shaped this sermon: Matthew 5.43-48; Romans 5.6-11; 12.14-21

Sermon Outline

  1. Forgive your enemies
  2. Pray for your enemies
  3. Greet your enemies
  4. Serve your enemies

Sermon Application

  • Last week we looked at forgiving those who’ve sinned against us.  Why is this difficult?
  • What link – if any – do you see between forgiving those who’ve sinned against us and loving our enemies?
  • What does Scripture say our position is before God (Romans 5.6-11)?
  • How do you respond to what the Scriptures say our position before God is? What/how does our position before God inform our response to the perceived and/or real enemies we have?
  • Jesus’ instructions with regard to how we are to engage our enemies is both simple and provoactive.  How do you respond to what He said?
  • Why is loving your enemy a Christ-like characteristic?
  • What struck you in the text?
  • What challenged you in the text?
  • What enemy (or currently estranged relationship) do you have that you can put this into practice?  What might keep you from doing this?

The outline and application questions are intended for your further reflection and action upon the weekend message. They are also designed to facilitate discussion and accountability within your LifeGroup.

Resources Quoted or Referenced

Matthew (TNTC), R.T. France
The Message of Matthew (BST), Michael Green
Studies in the Sermon on the Mount, D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
The Message of the Sermon on the Mount, John R.W. Stott


Do you have a question about today’s sermon? Email Steve Wood (SWood@StAndrews.Church).