Sunday, April 2nd, 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.
- As we wrap up Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, what are some larger changes Christ has called you to make?
- Jesus calls us not to do the flashy spiritual stuff like casting out demons and prophesying, but to “do the will of the Father.” What are some times where you felt like you had to do or be something extravagant in order to earn the affection of God? How has God led you away from striving and into abiding?
- Jesus says that the gate is narrow and few find it. If you’ve found this narrow gate, what are you doing to make sure others around you follow suit?
For Further Discussion:.
- Jesus cautions us against unhealthy trees which bear bad fruit. What are some unhealthy trees whose bad fruit you often enjoy? Perhaps this question needs to be followed up in smaller, gender-specific groups. What about these fruits seem appealing and how have you learned their bad nature?