"The following blog post contains notes and application questions from our May 6, 2019 message, A Summary of Matthew 5-7. For more from this series, check out Summer on the Mount."
Discussing and Applying the Sermon
It’s been said that discipleship is nothing more than helping someone take the next step of what they already know to be true. If you have put your faith in Jesus as your Lord and Savior, in obedience to Him and His love—not to earn His love—what do you know to be true that you aren’t currently doing? Share your answer with your community group and ask them to hold you accountable to start doing it this next week. To help you do—to live out—Jesus’ words.
What is the best sermon you’ve ever heard? What about the most famous? As we start our new series, “Summer on the Mount,” we’re going to make a case that the Sermon on the Mount delivered by Jesus in Matthew 5-7 is the most influential and best sermon of all time. As we start the journey of studying it in-depth together, David Leventhal teaches us the historical context and a high-level overview of the entire sermon.
- The Sermon on the Mount addresses two questions: 1. What does a Kingdom of God person believe?, and 2. How are they to live as a result?
- Context really matters.
- Tradition in Judaism is called HALAKHAH. It is based upon the 613 commands given to the Jews in the first five books of the Old Testament...much of the Sermon on the Mount revolves around or is connected to this topic.
- Jesus’ conflict with the religious leaders & most of these can be tied back to Jesus’ distain for burdensome, life-draining religion.
- "Disciple” in the book of Matthew can mean one of two things: 1. A committed follower of Jesus, or, 2. A potential committed follower—one who is thinking of leaving the “crowd” to follow Jesus.
- Acknowledging our spiritual bankruptcy before God is the first step into the kingdom of heaven.
- The Sermon on the Mount is NOT a way to EARN entrance into the Kingdom. The Sermon on the Mount describes the CHARACTER of a true disciple of Jesus; not the REQUIREMENTS TO BECOME ONE. You don’t DO to become. You DO because you are.
- If you have become a follower by faith in Jesus, then that means certain things. Jesus expects his disciples to listen & obey.
- This is not works-based salvation. This is discipleship living and it is an expectation of Jesus for all who follow him.
- The church’s unwillingness to address the artificial lukewarm Christianity that plagues this country is part of our problem. By in large, the church in America has allowed folks to come in, sit down, call themselves Christians and completely ignore the beatitudes & the rest of the Sermon on the Mount.
- The world has a right to question our faith when they see us fretting about our provision & self-medicating our anxiety to death. The world has a right to be skeptical of our faith when they hear us sing on Sunday of our love and devotion and trust in God the Father and then we live like we have NO IDEA WHO GOD IS from Monday through Saturday.
- What are you going to do with Jesus’ words? You’ve now heard them. The question that remains is, “Will you do them?”
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