Sermon on the Mount

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What is the Sermon on the Mount? In Matthew 5-7, Christ climbs a mountain with his disciples and from there gives his most famous sermon. He starts by describing those who are members of his heavenly kingdom (Matt 5:3-10). They are the poor in spirit, the mourners, the meek, those who hunger for righteousness, the merciful, etc. Those who are truly heavenly citizens don’t just have a profession of faith but experience a faith that changes their life and character—they are new creations in Christ (2 Cor 5:17).

Christ warns those listening to his sermon of potential deception—if their righteousness was not greater than the Pharisees and teachers of the law, they would not enter the kingdom of heaven (Matt 5:20). The Pharisees simply had a legalistic, external religion that had not changed their inner character. They were deceived, and sadly, many religious people are deceived today. Like the Pharisees, they perform their acts of righteousness to be seen and honored by others, instead of to be seen and honored by God (Matt 6:1-8, 16-18). Throughout Christ’s sermon, he describes the righteousness of his kingdom citizens. They must practice honesty instead of deception (Matt 5:33-36), forgiveness instead of vengeance (Matt 5:21-26, 6:14), purity instead of lust (Matt 5:27-30), simplicity instead of indulgence (Matt 6:19-24), prayerfulness instead of worry (Matt 6:9-13, 25-34), and much, much more.

Christ concludes His sermon by warning those listening that not everybody who calls Christ, “Lord” will enter the kingdom, but only those who do the will of the Father (Matt 7:21-23). Many will simply listen and not act on Christ’s words, and they will be exposed at the final judgment (Matt 7:26-27). Therefore, we must study Christ’s words to affirm that we have entered God’s kingdom, to live according to its precepts, and to usher in its ultimate form through diligent prayer (Matt 6:10, Rev 21-22). Lord, let your kingdom be fully formed in us and in our world. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Amen!

SERMONS: Manuscripts Coming Soon
Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit [Matt. 5:1-3]
Blessed Are the Mourners [Matt. 5:4]
Blessed Are the Meek (Matt 5:5)
Blessed Are the Hungry (Matt 5:6)
Blessed Are the Merciful (Matt 5:7)
Blessed Are the Pure in Heart (Matt 5:8)
Blessed Are the Peacemakers [Matt. 5:9]
Blessed Are the Persecuted [Matt. 5:10-12]
The Salt of the Earth [Matt. 5:13]
The Light of the World [Matt. 5:14-16]
A Proper View of Scripture [Matt. 5:17-20]
Maintaining Peaceful Relationships [Matt. 5:21-26]
How to Avoid Sexual Temptation [Matt. 5:27-30]
How to Protect Our Marriages [Matt. 5:31-32]
Practicing Radical Truthfulness [Matt. 5:33-37]
The Kingdom Response to Personal Injustice [Matt. 5:38-42]
Radical Love: The Ethic of Kingdom Citizens [Matt. 5:43-48]
Radical Generosity [Matt. 6:1-4]
How to Pray [Matt. 6:5-8]
Our Father (Matt 6:9a)
May Your Name Be Honored (Matt 6:9b)
May Your Kingdom Come (Matt 6:10a)
May Your Will Be Done (Matt 6:10b)
Our Daily Bread (Matt 6:11)
Forgive Us Our Debts (Matt 6:12, 14-15)
Deliver Us from the Evil One (Matt 6:13)
How to Fast Properly (Matt 6:16-18)
Practicing the Discipline of Simplicity (Matt 6:19-24)
How to Overcome Worry (Matt 6:25-34)
Effectively Performing Spiritual Surgery (Matt 7:1-6)
Growing in Kingdom Character (Matt 7:7-12
Two Pathways—One Leading to Life (Matt 7:13-14)
Recognizing False Teachers (Matt 7:15-20)
Marks of True Faith (Matt 7:21-29)

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