Weekend Message Takeaway: “The Law of the Kingdom”

Continuing our study through the Sermon on the Mount, this past weekend Pastor Doug shared from Matthew 5:17–26. In this message, Pastor Doug shared the purpose of God’s law, how Jesus came to give the law its full meaning, and what the law of the kingdom means for our lives.

Watch the video below to see a few highlights from the teaching and share it with your friends via social media. To watch the message in its entirety, click here.

Let’s recap some of the key talking points from Pastor Doug’s teaching this weekend:

Jesus Came to Give the Law its Full Meaning (Matthew 5:17–20): The law was never a way for us to earn righteousness. The very definition of the word righteousness (“blamelessness before God”) makes it clear that it’s something that cannot be earned, because as children of Adam and Eve, we all carry the stain of sin, thus we cannot become blameless through any effort or works. The law cannot offer us righteousness; it was always intended to show us our need for a savior. Like a mirror, the law serves to make us aware of our sinfulness.

The Law of the Kingdom Gives Life to our Souls: Jesus came to fulfill the law; His perfect obedience, a requirement none of us could have ever possibly hoped to fulfill, has made it possible for us to be justified and made right with God. He who was born free from the stain of sin—through miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit—and who was righteous and blameless took upon Himself our unrighteousness so that through faith, we could be declared blameless in the eyes of God by the covering of His holy and sinless blood.

The old law can only reveal sin, it does not give life, but as Paul says in Romans 8:2 (NIV), “Through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” Through Jesus, a righteousness from heaven has come to earth . . . a righteousness that is available to all mankind.

The Law of the Kingdom Is a Direction, Not a Line (Matthew 5:21–26): Where’s the line? It’s not about a line that you have to avoid crossing, that you can come right up against and still be okay . . . it’s about the direction of your heart. In this passage, Jesus is not saying that anger is as bad as murder. But again, it’s about the direction of your heart.

Anger in and of itself is not sinful—God is angry with the wicked and deals with them justly according to His perfect will. His anger; however, is an expression of His commitment to justice. Anger is, at its root, a feeling that comes from perceived injustice—when someone has sinned against us, caused us harm, or violated our will.

But if we indulge anger and allow the element of self-righteousness and vanity that can creep in with anger, then we will undoubtedly fall into the trap of sin. If we embrace anger, linger on it, or leave it unchecked, it could lead to a feeling that carries with it the spirit of murder. Drawing the line with your anger at physical murder does not make you innocent in your heart.

Quote to Remember: Jesus didn’t come to give us a new set of laws, but to show us the way of kingdom living that yields freedom and joy.—Pastor Doug Sauder

This weekend, at every service and at all our campuses, Pastor Doug asked all church attendees to fill out this electronic survey. If you haven’t already done so, click here to take the survey!

REAL TALK: “Can I Date a Non-Believer?”
Do you ever feel like the questions you’re asking in life aren’t answered in church on Sundays? Not everything can be addressed in a one-hour sermon, which is why we’ve started a monthly series called RealTalk. We’ll be sharing what God has to say about tough topics and how as Christ-followers we can respond to those that are struggling. We pray you are encouraged, sharpened, and even challenged by the topics coming your way.

Since Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, we’re talking about dating this month. As a Christian, whether you’re single or currently dating someone, you’ve probably wondered what the big deal is with dating a non-believer. Pastor Doug is here to answer the question . . . and probably a few more that you haven’t yet thought of! To watch the video, click here. Also, for a personal, in-depth sharing on this topic, check out this article.

Join us on Wednesday as special guest Pastor Geoff Buck teaches about the life and character of the apostle Paul. Discover the purpose and spirit of the law and how we should approach it as we examine the teaching of this apostle.

This weekend, we’ll continue our study through the Sermon on the Mount as Pastor Doug explores Matthew 5:27–37. Come learn what Jesus has to say about adultery, divorce, and making vows.

About the Author

Danny Saavedra

Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.