Words to Build a Life On – Oaths, Vows, Pledges and Promises
Matthew 5:33-37
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

The Big Idea: Jesus says our speech should be so truthful that we never have to take an oath.


  • The Bible and oath-taking.
  • The Pharisees and oath-taking in the days of Jesus.
  • Jesus’ instruction to take no oath at all.
  • The importance of telling the truth.


Quick Review: Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?

My Story: This portion of Scripture has to do with telling the truth. Every person is tempted to distort or shade the truth to look better in front of others. However, acting on this temptation can backfire and cause significant damage to relationships. Give an example from your own life.

Digging Deeper:

  1. The taking of oaths is not expressly forbidden in the Bible (see Deuteronomy 10:20). In fact, there are a number of examples of Christ, the Apostle Paul and even God Himself taking oaths. What are the occasions that call for oaths in our culture today?
  2. The Pharisees looked for loopholes and excuses to get out of their obligations. They believed the formula for oath-taking was more important than the intention of their heart before God. How does Jesus call attention to this inconsistency?
  3. One might have expected Jesus to exhort all who took an oath to follow through on commitments. Instead of doing this, Jesus exhorts His followers to not take oaths at all (Deuteronomy 23:21-24). Where do you need to hear this?
  4. Jesus said “Let what you say be simply ‘Yes” or “No,” anything beyond these is of evil. Give examples of practical application in your life.

Taking It Home: Follow through on every commitment you make. If you have not followed through on a commitment, confess the wrong to the party involved and also to God. Develop the habit of not answering “yes” until you are sure. Make a habit of checking with your calendar and also your spouse.


If you are visiting today, we want to extend a special welcome to you and invite you to an informal reception immediately following our worship service. On Saturday, Pastor Jeff will be available in the Celebration Center, and on Sunday, Pastor Jeff and his wife Mary will meet you at the Welcome Center in the entryway.


Thank you to all of those who participated in our family photo weekends by having your pictures taken, and a special thanks to Jared Tadlock for making that possible. The photos will be edited and uploaded into our Churchteams directory in the coming weeks, and emails with digital copies will be sent out when the processing is completed. If you missed out on this opportunity, we would still love to have your family photo in Churchteams. Please check your email for a link to update your information and upload a recent picture so that we may continue to build up our church family directory.


There are still spots available for kids, ages 8-12, to sign-up for the Kids Guitar Camp, to be held on July 28-31 from 9:00-10:30 AM. Email us at [email protected] for more information or to register.


Join us next weekend during our regular service times as we celebrate with those who have chosen to take the step of baptism. We rejoice with those who rejoice!


Please take a moment to check the Lost and Found for any personal items you may have there. It is located downstairs next to the elevator. All items remaining will be donated after August 18.


This year’s game features a concert by Jeremy Camp, as well as a message from Tony Dungy. Submit your payment of $16 to the church office to reserve your seat. The deadline to get tickets in our group section is August 4. Invite a neighbor, and join us for a great game and post-game show on August 24.


Mark your calendars for the upcoming Children’s Progression Weekend, August 23 and 24! We celebrate the new school year commencing and kids graduating up to the next grade level in Children’s Church! All children, age 2 through 5th grade will begin and end in the Kid Zone during church services. They will no longer be released from the Celebration Center. This change will ensure a secure check-in procedure for all the children and will give them more time for worship and Bible Lessons!


Do you know what’s going on in your church? Did you know that we have ministry teams, which are constantly serving and sharing? Check out The Gathering during the month of August, where many of these teams will be highlighted and will be discussing their roles within the body. You may find that you’d like to get involved in what they are doing!


Our regular meetings for DV8 will begin with the school year on August 20 for middle school (Wednesdays) and August 21 for high school (Thursdays). Please join us at 6:30 PM and bring a friend! Connect with us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on current news and to see pictures from our summer of fun!


On August 10, after the morning service there will be an appreciation meal and organizational meeting for the Wednesday night dinner cook teams. You are invited if you are interested in being on a cook team or have been on a cook team in the past. You can indicate your interest in this ministry on a communication card or by calling the church office. You can also just come and join us on August 10.


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