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This weekend, we will continue our “Counterculture Christians” sermon series. In this section of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus addresses the subject of telling the truth.

Jesus told the crowd not to break their oaths. An oath was a promise invoking God as witness and the One to bring judgment if the promise was broken. It was common for people to make oaths to emphasize their seriousness and truthfulness. The invocation of God’s name is a mere technicality. Mouthing a meaningless oath does not create loopholes. Your word alone should be your promise. Jesus says, oath or no oath, simply say what you mean and stick by it.

Here is the whole context: “You have also heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not break your vows; you must carry out the vows you make to the Lord.’ But I say, do not make any vows! Do not say, ‘By heaven!’ because heaven is God’s throne. And do not say, ‘By the earth!’ because the earth is his footstool. And do not say, ‘By Jerusalem!’ for Jerusalem is the city of the great King. Do not even say, ‘By my head!’ for you cannot turn one hair white or black. Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Anything beyond this is from the evil one.” (Matthew 5:33–37 NLT)

Jesus is not saying that taking an oath is wrong. Taking a meaningless oath to create a loophole and retain the option of breaking it is wrong. If an oath is required in the course of civic duty, the Christian should have no problem making it. The proper application of Jesus’ principle of “let your yes be yes” is that the Christian must be truthful in all circumstances.

Make plans to join us for worship this weekend - Saturday 6:00pm, Sunday 9:00 and 11:00am. We look forward to seeing you!


Karon and I have finalized plans for our 11th trip to Israel (May 16-25 of 2022), and you are invited to join us! You will never travel anywhere that will so profoundly impact your spiritual life as will a trip to Israel! Brochures and registration forms are available at the Information Desk in the lobby. If you're interested in joining us for this trip of a lifetime, contact Pastor Rick at rickaddison@thegraceplace.com or 772-285-3459.


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Fridays, 6:30am - Join us in the lobby, and become part of what God is doing through The Grace Place!
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We look forward to seeing you next Thursday afternoon, Friday morning or Saturday afternoon!