Laying Down the Law

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By Rev. Stephen Silverthorne. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

We all know there are rules to follow in life. Yet, we aren't always very good in following them. This can make Christian life seem impossible: we can't live up to what God asks of us. In this sermon, Fr. Stephen walks us through a very difficult passage with rules we cannot possibly keep. Jesus says these things to encourage us to seek the purpose of the law--not just to obey it but to embrace it as something good. The result isn't more obedient slaves, but more virtuous children.


Scripture Passage: Matthew 5:21-37

Preached on the 6th Sunday after Epiphany, February 16th, 2020 by Rev. Stephen Silverthorne

Sermon Highlights

  • Jesus' hard teachings are meant to surprise and shock
  • But they are given by a Lord who loves and understands us
  • Jesus calls us to embrace the purpose of the law
  • Law's purpose is to make us more godly
  • Godliness comes with attacking sin at its root
  • Deal with motivations for sin by working on relationships
  • Divorce is a broken relationship
  • Jesus calls us to lean into marriage, not look for a loophole to get out of it

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