Sermon on the Mount Introduction

Sermon on the Mount Introduction Matthew 5:1-2 When Jesus addressed the church of Sardis He said, “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.” (Revelation 3:1 NKJV) This is indeed a tragedy. The church, those who have been called out by God to be His people, … Read more

Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit

Sermon On The Mount “Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit” Matthew 5:3   Last week we looked at the meaning of the word “beatitude.” The word “beatitude” comes from the Latin meaning happy or blessed. Walter Bauer in his Greek-English Lexicon defines this word as the “privileged recipients of divine favor.” Consider , those who … Read more

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

Sermon On The Mount “Blessed Are Those Who Mourn” Matthew 5:4 Have you noticed how our culture embraces entertainment and the pursuit of pleasure at any and all costs? Most of life today is spent avoiding sorrow and pain. Even when we get bad news, some people will say something funny to lighten the mood. … Read more

Meekness Not Weakness

The Sermon on the Mount “Meekness Not Weakness” Matthew 5:5 As we continue in our study through the Sermon on the Mount we’ll be looking at one of the most misunderstood of the beatitudes, and that’s the attitude of meekness. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5 NKJV) A few … Read more

Living A Satisfied Life

The Sermon on the Mount “Living A Satisfied Life” Matthew 5:6   Watching commercials gives some insight into how Jesus taught lessons in His day. Advertisers pay millions of dollars to put their slogans and images before us, because they know it works. They know that if they can get their slogan or image into … Read more

Mercy: Love in Action

Sermon on the Mount “Love in Action” Matthew 5:7 We’re continuing through our series through the Beatitudes. Today we’re going to be looking at the fifth beatitude, one that deals not only with our relationship with God, but the way God wants us to deal with one another, and that is with mercy. “Blessed are … Read more

A Matter of the Heart

Sermon on the Mount “A Matter of the Heart” Matthew 5:8 Americans are increasingly concerned with purity. We want pure water to drink, pure air to breathe, and pure food to eat. But as important as clean air, pure water, and pure food are, there’s a purity that we overlook, the purity of our hearts. … Read more

The Art of Making Peace

The Sermon on the Mount “The Art of Making Peace” Matthew 5:9 A three-year-old boy named Matthew had his friend Luke over for playtime. Matthew, however, was having a tough time. He was arguing about the toys Luke was playing with and became very grumpy. When his mother put him down for a nap she … Read more

Harassment: The Blessing No One Wants

Sermon on the Mount “Harassment: The Blessing No One Wants” Matthew 5:10-12 Tonight we’re finishing the beatitudes section in our Sermon on the Mount series. The message we’ll be looking at is how we are to handle being harassed or persecuted for our faith. It’s entitled, “Harassment: The Blessing No One Wants.” One of the … Read more

Salt and Light

Sermon on the Mount “Salt and Light” Matthew 5:13-16 There are two things that we value that seem so insignificant at first, they don’t even come up on our radar, but they’re actually needed for our survival. The first is salt. Too little of it and your food can be under seasoned, but too much … Read more

Jesus, the Law, and Believers

The Sermon on the Mount “Jesus, the Law, and Believers” Matthew 5:17-20 As we proceed in our study of the Bible and Jesus’ teaching it’s important to understand His authority and His relationship to the Old Testament Scriptures. In our study tonight we’ll see that Jesus neither abolishes nor cancels out of the Old Testament. … Read more

It Begins in the Heart

Sermon on the Mount “It Begins in the Heart” Matthew 5:21-30 Before we begin it’s important we review Jesus’ last statement, and what we learned is that Jesus didn’t come to abolish or invalidate the Law, but to fulfill it, that is, to bring it to completion. And what we’ll see is not only does … Read more

Divorce and Remarriage

Sermon on the Mount “Divorce and Remarriage” Matthew 5:31-32 Today’s topic hits close to home because I was divorced as a Christian. I remember when the full impact hit as feelings of loneliness, despair, rejection and worthlessness overwhelmed me. But by the grace of God, and because of the love of Christian friends, I was … Read more

Oaths, Retribution, and Love

Sermon on the Mount “Oaths, Retribution, and Love” Matthew 5:33-48 Mary Poppins, after her first adventure with Jane and Michael Banks when they promised to be good so that she would never leave. She said, “That’s a pie crust promise; easily made, easily broken.” With this statement in mind lets’ take a look at this … Read more

The Great Pretenders

  Sermon on the Mount “The Great Pretenders” Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 A father complained about the amount of time his family spent in front of the television set. His children watched cartoons and neglected their schoolwork. His wife preferred soap operas to doing housework. His solution was that as soon as baseball season was over … Read more

The 5 P’s of Prayer

Sermon on the Mount “The 5 P’s of Prayer” Matthew 6:5-15 Prayer; vibrant, fervent prayer: prayer that truly touches the heart of God and changes the world is the most difficult of all responsibilities we have as believers. What’s sad is that this is something God allows us to participate in regarding His work in … Read more

It’s a Matter of Choice

Sermon on the Mount “It’s a Matter of Choice” Matthew 6:19-34 We are all like a little child hovering over a box of candy. Our tongues are busy licking our lips over the choices before us. There’s chocolate covered cherry crème, chocolate peppermint, chocolate caramel, chocolate turtles, and the list goes on all containing the … Read more

The Case of Judging

Sermon on the Mount “The Case of Judging” Matthew 7:1-5 While waiting for a plane a woman entered a gift shop to buy herself a magazine. While she was there she also bought a package of cookies. She then sat down to wait for her plane. A gentleman came and sat one seat away. He … Read more

There Are Only Two

Sermon on the Mount “There Are Only Two” Matthew 7:13-14 We all prefer to be given choices and the more choices we have the better we like it. But there are limits, which is evident when looking up and down the grocery aisle. First you have the cereal aisle. You have at least 50 different … Read more

False Prophets

Sermon on the Mount “What’s Wrong With This Picture” Matthew 7:15-20 Jesus is coming to the end of His Sermon on the Mount and His instructions to His disciples, and He does so with three warnings. So entailed are these that we’ll look at one per week starting with Jesus’ warning against false prophets. “Beware … Read more

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