Matthew 5:1-40, Matthew 6: 1-34, Matthew 7: 21-27
What is the purpose of Jesus teaching the sermon on the mount?
Compilation of the teachings of Jesus
Matthew 5: Starts with the heart. Internal change
Matthew 6: Moves towards kingdom life in the real world. Against false religious practice
Matthew 7: Begins the call to discipleship
"You can schedule religion, but you can't schedule the pursuit of God."
"The self-sins are these: self-righteousness, self-pity, self-confidence, self-sufficiency, self-admiration, self-love and a host of others like them. They dwell too deep within us and are too much a part of our natures to come to our attention till the light of God is focused upon them. The grosser manifestations of these sins, egotism, exhibitionism, self-promotion, are strangely tolerated in Christian leaders even in circles of impeccable orthodoxy. They are so much in evidence as actually, to be identified with the gospel. I trust it is not a cyclical observation to say that they appear these days to be a requisite for popularity in some sections of the church visible. Promoting self under the guise of promoting Christ is currently so common as to excite little notice." -A.W. Tozer, Pursuit of God
1. What themes do you see in the teachings of Jesus on the sermon on the mount? (Matthew 5-7)
2. What do you think is the goal of Jesus’ teaching to the crowd? To the disciples? To the religious leaders?
3. How does the death and resurrection of Jesus complete and clarify the teachings of Jesus?
Grace to Grace
Even When it Hurts