The Sermon on the Mount

The Sermon on the Mount

Salt and Light

Salt and Light, Baby In this final installment from our series on the Sermon on the Mount we probe why Christ would call His followers to be salt and light in their dealings among others.  Don’t you think them interesting?  Our text is Matthew 5: 13-16.  Let’s take a closer look… Salt of the Earth If you’ve spent anytime in and among Bible-teaching…

Righteousness and Persecution

Conflict on the Jesus Path The eighth installment in our learning from the Sermon on the Mount states: Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.   Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in…

Peacemaker

What’s a Peacemaker? Hullo Friend.  Thank you for working through our library and finding this entry on the bookshelf.   The focus here is about becoming a Peacemaker and investigating its reward; being called a Child of God.  I must warn you however, my discoveries here reveal a very difficult and arduous stretch of the Jesus Path.  Becoming a Peacemaker is…

Pure in Heart

The Power in Purity of Heart This then is at the heart of this, our sixth of the nine Beatitudes.  The power and life-changing potential behind this statement:  Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.  I offer this verse from Proverbs as we travel the Jesus Path together as we consider this Beatitude. Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do…

Mercy

Mercy, Baby; Mercy A noun is a person, place or thing – and Mercy is a noun. But Christ didn’t say to work out mercy; but to be merciful.  An adjective; a word description for a verb, an action taken.   You could well term this Beatitude “Mercy in Action” it is an out flowing beatitude.  Something stemmed from a clear understanding of what underpins all…

Those Who Hunger and Thirst after Righteousness

To Hunger and Thirst after Righteousness In this installment of our weekly lesson from the Sermon on the Mount, we note Jesus takes a change of direction.  The first three Beatitudes have to do with emptying ourselves; to take upon ourselves the attribute of being poor in spirit, of mourning over…

Those Who Mourn

The second Beatitude The word mourn in the Bible is very deep and anguished filled.   Check out this example taken from the time when Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery and came in deceit to tell their father that Joseph had been killed…. So Jacob tore his clothes, and put sackcloth on his loins and mourned for his son many days. Then all his sons and all…

The Poor in Spirit

Overview of the Sermon on the Mount Welcome to this first installment of our new teaching series on the Sermon on the Mount – arguably the most famous message ever preached.  Permit me to offer a brief outline. Matthew 5:3-16 – The Beatitudes – to focus on who we are, not what we do Matthew 5:17-48 – The relationship of Jesus Christ to the law…