The Sermon on the Mount, Part 21

Welcome to Timeless Truth with Pastor Jim Thomas. This season, Pastor Jim is leading us in a study of The Sermon on the Mount.

The Sermon on the Mount is found in Matthew, chapters 5-7.

In our study of the Sermon on the Mount we have the teaching of Jesus regarding…

  • A Christian’s Character: The Beatitudes Matthew 5:1-12 
  • A Christian’s Influence-Matthew 5:13-16 
  • A Christian’s Righteousness-Matthew 5:17-48
  • A Christian’s Religious Practices-Matthew 6:1-18
  • A Christian’s Ambitions-Matthew 6:19-34 
  • A Christian’s Discernment-Matthew 7:1-23 
  • A Christian’s Foundation for Faith-Matthew 7:24-29

We should not miss the emphasis throughout the Sermon on the Mount by Jesus on inner righteousness of the heart vs the merely external practice of religious rule following that only leads to self-righteousness. 

“If I fail to understand this teaching (the Sermon on the Mount), I fail to understand him (Jesus).”
Philip Yancey, The Jesus I Never Knew

“When the whirlwind passes, the wicked is no more. But the righteous has an everlasting foundation.”
Proverbs 10:25

“Just as a great tree is deep-rooted in the soil and draws its nourishment from it, so the Christian is rooted in Christ, the source of his life and strength. Just as the house stands fast because it is built on strong foundations, so the Christian life is resistant to any storm because it is founded on the strength of Christ. Christ is alike the source of the Christian’s life and the foundation of his stability.
William Barclay

“And when Jesus had finished saying these words the crowd was astonished at his teaching, for he was teaching them with such authority, not as their scribes taught.”
Matthew 7:28-29

“The faith that saves is not believing certain truths, nor even believing that Jesus is a Savior; but it is resting on him, depending on him, lying with all your weight on Christ as the foundation of your hope.”
C. H. Spurgeon

“When we consider the Sermon on the Mount, we are never to stop even with the moral, ethical, spiritual teaching; we are to go beyond all these things, wonderful though they are, and vital as they all are, to the Person of the Preacher Himself.”
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Studies in the Sermon on the Mount

For further study:

  • The Sermon on the Mount: Kingdom Life in a Fallen World by Sinclair B. Ferguson
  • The Message of the Sermon on the Mount by John R. W. Stott
  • The Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourshing by Jonathan T. Pennington
  • Studies in the Sermon on the Mount by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

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