The Sermon on the Mount Part 1


Journey Through The Bible: The Sermon on the Mount part 1

Scripture Reading: 1 John 5:3-4 "For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world-our faith." #1306

Introduction: Last time we looked at Jesus in Jerusalem. John 5 #1142-1143 Today we will see the first part of three messages on The Sermon on the Mount. Mathew 5 #1038

As Jesus' ministry starts to take off, large crowds are following him. He takes them up on the mound and teaches them just like Moses went up to the mountain to receive the word of God. The difference is that Jesus is the son of God and is explaining to the people what the law truly means.

Proposition: We see the blessings given to us if we follow the word of the Lord.

T.S.: Today we see the beatitudes and the fulfillment of the law.

I. We are to see the blessings in every aspect of life.

-Matthew 5:1-16 #1038

-Jesus shifts the focus from success to looking at all people. Those who the world looked on as blessed, Jesus saw hurting and sin. Those who the world looked on as broken, Jesus saw reliance upon the Lord. Jesus starts this wonderful sermon by saying to each of us, "Stop looking at others by outward appearance and look to their heart and character. This is what God looks at!" V. 1-11

-When we give everything to God, He heals us completely.

-We are powerless, He is all powerful. We give ourselves to Him and confess all that we have done. We submit to Him in all things, and we are merciful because of His great mercy. Through this we gain peace even in times of persecution. We can rejoice and be glad always in Him.

-When we follow Jesus, it cannot be hidden to the world! V. 13-16

II. We are to follow the commandments of God.

- Matthew 5:17-48 #1039

-Jesus is the fulfillment of the Law. V. 17-20

-If we rely on our own ability we must have supreme righteousness.

-We are called to rely on Jesus, the fulfiller of all things.

-Jesus teaches us that it is not the letter of the Law that counts, but the changed life (heart) from the blessing of the Law that matters. V. 7-20

-It's not just don't murder, but do not be angry. (Reconcile) V. 21-26

-It's not just don't commit adultery, but don't be lustful. V. 27-30

-It's not just divorce, but the adultery and immorality of it all. V. 31-32

-It's not about making oaths, but being true to your word. V. 33-37

-It's not about getting ahead, but being ok with being wronged. V. 38-42

-We are called to love even when others do not love back. V. 43-48

Let us rejoice on the healing power of Jesus and the testimony of God the Father.