Sunday, March 19th, 2017
Sermon on the Mount
The Sermon on the Mount is set early in the Ministry of Jesus as it picks up after he has been baptized by John the Baptist in chapter 3 of and gathered his first disciples in chapter 4. It is the longest piece of teaching from Jesus in the New Testament, and occupies chapters 5, 6 and 7 of the Gospel of Matthew. Here we see Jesus teach on the fundamental elements of His ethics and His kingdom. The Sermon has been one of the most widely read and quoted elements of the of any of the 4 gospel accounts.
Our hope and prayer this Lent season is that through the study and meditation of this text our hearts together would be refreshed and transformed by the Spirit of God as we join with Him in the renewal of our city.
As you read and study together, make sure to work hard at hearing from everyone that has gathered together. Pray for one another and be accountable to applying the word of God to your lives.
- Try reading the sermon on the Mount as a one long continued sermon. What is the over arching theme? How does Chapter 6:1-18 fall in line with this theme?
- Verse 14 highlights on forgiveness after it was already mentioned in the Lord’s Prayer. Why would Jesus need to address this again?
- Jesus warns against practicing your “religious deeds” in a way that elevates yourself. Is there an area in your life where this might apply? What does your missional community think?
For Further Discussion:.
- Jesus mentions rewards conjointly with each religious practice addressed in this section. What do you think about this? Does it affect your view of the gospel? If so, how?