Topics for the Month of July: A Heartfelt Covenant
Each of this month’s four sessions gives new meaning and purpose to the Law. According to Matthew, Jesus began teaching the Law in a way that gave life to the hearer and doer. Unlike other teachers of the Law, Jesus preached the transforming righteousness of the Kingdom. Jesus challenged the mere external observance of God’s law without internal transformation.
July 7—Jesus Teaches about Fulfilling the Law – Matthew 5:13-20
People express their beliefs through their actions. How do we express what we believe? Jesus teaches us that we are to do good for others and follow God’s law.
Key Verse: Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. —Matthew 5:16
July 14—Jesus Teaches Us to Love One Another – Matthew 5:21-32
Love transforms the way we relate to one another. In what manner does this transformation come? Jesus teaches us how to be a reflection of his light through controlling our anger, being reconciled with others, immediately dealing with sin, and being faithful.
Key Verse: If thou bring thy gift to the altar; and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; leave there thy gift before the altar; and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. —Matthew 5:23-24
July 21—Jesus Teaches about Transforming Love – Matthew 5:38-48
Many people believe retribution is justified when they are mistreated. What is the appropriate response when people are mistreated? Jesus taught his disciples to love their enemies and pray for those who persecuted them.
Key Verse: Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love they neighbour, and hate thine enemy, But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you.—Matthew 5:43-44
July 28—Jesus Teaches about Spiritual Discernment – Matthew 7:1-6; 15-23
In a complex world, many become confused in trying to cope with the diversity in beliefs and lifestyles. How can one maintain a sense of stability given such complexity? Jesus taught his disciples the spiritual disciplines of resisting the use of judgment and using discernment.
Key Verse: Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. —Matthew 7:15-16
Remember when you give your life to Jesus you begin a journey of discovery. Once you are introduced to the Master you need to take his yoke upon you and learn of Him. What better place to learn of Him than Sunday School. Please join us, we have a class for you!