The Sermon on the Mount

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The Sermon on the Mount

May 17 - July 5, 2015

The Sermon on the Mount, an extended discourse by Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew, is Jesus' most iconic collection of teachings and it is the portion of scripture most often turned to in order to find the essence of Jesus' message. In these familiar words, Jesus conveys a worldview which threatens to disrupt everything we think we know about the world, leaving us in a place that is anything but familiar.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Audio | Video | Matthew 5:1-12

The Sermon on the Mount (Part 1)

The Sermon on the Mount begins with a series of nine blessings that we know as the "Beatitudes." What we often fail to realize about these blessings is that they are directed at an odd group of people—not the ones we naturally consider to be "blessed." Jesus blesses the unlikely in order to prepare us for a sermon full of the unexpected.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Audo & Video Unavailable | Matthew 5:38-48

The Sermon on the Mount (Part 2)

Jesus raises familiar precepts from the law of the Old Testament and amplifies them to a standard much higher than seems realistic or even possible. Jesus calls us to a higher righteousness: a radical demonstration of God's radical love.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Audio | Video | Matthew 6:1-8, 16-18

The Sermon on the Mount (Part 3)

After setting an extremely high standard of righteousness, Jesus goes on to focus on the importance of the intentions that underlie our actions. If we do the right things for the wrong reasons, then we may as well be doing the wrong things.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Audio | Video | Matthew 6:19-24

The Sermon on the Mount (Part 4)

In addressing the subject of money, Jesus reminds us of the vacuity of riches and the dangers of pursuing "treasures on earth." Instead, he says, store up treasures in heaven.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Audio | Video | Matthew 7:1-5

The Sermon on the Mount (Part 5)

Jesus gives one of the hardest commands of the entire Sermon on the Mount: Do not judge. Judgment of others comes almost as naturally to us as breathing, which is what makes this command so uniquely difficult.

Sunday, June 21, 2015 | Father's Day

Audio | Video | Matthew 7:7-12

The Sermon on the Mount (Part 6)

Jesus tells us to ask, search, and knock—to bring our requests to God. But Jesus has also already told us that God knows what we need before we ask. So why should we ask for anything in prayer in the first place? And what is prayer, if it's not about asking God for things?

 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Audio | Video | Matthew 7:13-14

The Sermon on the Mount (Part 7)

Jesus sets up a stark contrast between the way to life and the way to destruction. While it is tempting to understand these words in terms of our eternal destination (i.e., heaven or hell), what Jesus is really talking about is how we live here and now. The life of faithfulness is neither smooth nor easy, but Jesus walks the road ahead of us and beside us.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Audio | Video | Matthew 7:24-29

The Sermon on the Mount (Part 8)

Jesus closes his sermon with one final warning, describing a wise builder and a foolish builder. Both are fine craftsmen, but one chooses the wrong foundation on which to build, and when the storm comes, that's all that really matters.