Words to Build a Life On – Sermon on the Mount
Matthew 5: 21-26
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

Question: How do Jesus’ commands apply to the subject of murder?

  • Jesus begins by challenging inadequate thinking on this commandment.
  • Jesus continues by highlighting the central issue for this commandment.
  • Jesus concludes by calling forward application steps around this commandment.


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 Jesus’ teaching has to do with misguided thinking about the subject of murder. The idea was that if you simply avoided the act of murder, you were not liable to the court, and you were clear of any wrongdoing. Where does this kind of thinking surface in our culture today?

Digging Deeper:

  1. Ancient Near East teachers would commonly use stories and extreme statements to make an important point (read Luke 14:26 as an example). How does Jesus use this strategy in this portion of His message?
  2. There is a distinction to be made here between righteous anger (as modeled by Jesus in Matthew. 21:12) and unrighteous anger. What is the difference?
  3. In essence, Jesus taught that an act of murder was preceded by a heart attitude of unrighteous anger. If a murderer deserves to go to hell, then the fire-breathers and the mudslingers deserve hell as well. React…
  4. Jesus provides two illustrations that lead toward application (Matthew 5:23-26). In both cases Jesus teaches it is an urgent matter to seek resolution. Why so urgent?

Taking It Home: If there is a person with whom you need to reconcile, how can you take steps toward this BEFORE gathering for corporate worship? Or if there is someone with whom you are heading toward a legal proceeding, what steps can you take to resolve the matter before such proceeding?


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.


This weekend and next, we will have a photographer in the library immediately following services to take family portraits. We would love to use these to update our church directory. We will also be offering a digital copy to you, free of charge, by email. Be sure to stop in!


We are making it easier than ever to drop off donation items for this event! We will have a MOPS mom in the lobby each day this week to collect your items: Monday–Thursday from 10:00 AM–12:00 PM and all day Friday. Don’t forget to stop by Saturday between
8:00 AM–2:00 PM!


Our next outdoor service is on July 19 and will feature a family-friendly movie after the service. Keep that date open and see our website for details!


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.


Our next baptism weekend will be on August 2-3 during the regularly scheduled services. If you are interested in baptism, please plan to attend one of the orientation meetings on July 26 at 5:00 PM or July 27 at 9:00 AM. Contact the church office to reserve your spot.


This year’s game features a concert by Jeremy Camp, as well as a message from Tony Dungy. Contact the church office to 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.


The summer months bring amazing opportunities to connect with and serve within our community. During the second week of June, we packed the church grounds with close to 200 energetic children and over 60 loving volunteers, all in the name of Christ. Our adult small groups have also been busy with service projects both on and off the campus…doing yard work and landscaping, cutting firewood, providing refreshments at an umpire meeting, collecting items from neighbors for EChO, assisting with furniture assembly for a new business and supplying breakfast for a group of 30 individuals at 6:00 AM, among other projects. It is encouraging to see so many needs being met in the mountain area through our small groups’ love for Christ and servant hearts!


In July, The Gathering will feature multiple Aspen Ridge Church ministry teams during various weeks. Please consider attending The Gathering in July to understand the impact of and the involvement opportunities within the many ministry teams.


Calling all CIY sponsors! Sponsor bags are due this weekend. If you are attending CIY, we are meeting at the church at 5:30 AM on July 7 to begin our exciting week together. Please keep this team in your prayers.

On Thursday, July 17, students, parents and sponsors are invited to come to a CIY Share Night in the Chapel beginning at 6:30 PM.

Eric and Kara Coe
Student-Led Movements, Russia


  • For the hundreds of students who heard the gospel during the Kazan Project (20 expressed a commitment to follow Jesus).


  • For the Summer Projects in Moscow to draw partners, churches and ministries together and for the staff and students leading.


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