Course: Sermon on the Mount

A lot of people have heard of the sermon on the mount – it is Jesus’ most famous teaching. And yet, few people know what it actually contains! It is a comprehensive overview of what the Christian life is all about, straight from Jesus himself.

  • The Beatitudes – Jesus’ most misunderstood teaching? Are the Beatitudes Jesus’ most misunderstood teaching? Maybe – they’re certainly an excellent ‘manifesto’ for the Christian life. Jesus’ words are as relevant now as they ever were!
  • Salt and Light – Matt 5:13-16 Jesus says that Christians should be like Salt and Light in the world – but what does that mean?
  • Did Jesus like the law or not? Jesus came as the ‘fulfilment’ of the Law – but what does that even mean? Did Jesus like the Law e.g. 10 commandments? Or did he show us a new way? Or something in between?
  • Is Anger as bad as Murder? In this passage Jesus suggests that anyone who has been angry with another person has broken the command to murder. How does that work? And does that mean that anger is morally equivalent to murder?
  • Is Lust as bad as Adultery? Matthew 5:27-30 Jesus’ words here seem to be alien to our current culture – and make obedience to them impossible. Is lust really as bad as adultery? In this video I explain how it’s vital to understand Jesus’ words here in the context of the Sermon on the Mount as a whole. We need something greater than what human beings can do!
  • Is divorce always adultery? Matthew 5:31-32 Jesus’ words about divorce may seem very harsh to us. How should we understand them? Is he saying that divorce is always wrong?
  • How should we use our words? Matthew 5:33-37 Politicians have a bad reputation for avoiding questions and answering the wrong question. But can we be guilty of that too? How does Jesus want us to use our words?
  • Should Christians take revenge? – Matthew 5:38-42 Everyone knows ‘Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth’ – many people live by it. But what does Jesus actually say? Is it ever right for Christians to take revenge?
  • Love your enemies – Matthew 5:43-48 Most people think of themselves as loving. But how does our love compare against Jesus’ ideal of loving our enemies? And what does it even mean to love our enemies?
  • How should we give to the needy? – Matthew 6:1-4 Jesus turns his attention to how we should ‘practice our righteousness’ – how we should work out our religious duties. In this section we think about the importance of avoiding hypocrisy – doing things only so people will think we are good – and how that works out in giving to the needy.
  • How should we pray? – Matthew 6:5-15 What does the Lord’s prayer teach us about how we should pray?
  • Fasting – Matthew 6:16-18 Fasting is not something which many Christians talk much about today. Yet Jesus did say something about it. What does it mean for Christians today?
  • Money and Treasure in Heaven – Matthew 6:19-24 What does Jesus say about how we should use our money?
  • Do not worry – Matthew 6:25-34 Bobby McFerrin sang “Don’t worry, be happy” – but does it really work as a philosophy? How can we avoid worrying?
  • What does ‘do not judge’ mean? – Matthew 7:1-6 If the beatitudes is Jesus’ most misunderstood teaching – this passage could give it a run for its money. I think these words of Jesus are often misquoted and misunderstood. So what does it mean not to judge?
  • Ask and it will be given – Matthew 7:7-12 As I child I sang the words ‘Ask and it shall be given unto you’ without really thinking about it. But what do they actually mean?
  • The Narrow and Broad Ways – Matthew 7:13-23 Jesus concludes the sermon on the mount by comparing two ways of living – the narrow and the broad ways. What does that mean for us?
  • Wise and foolish builders – Matthew 7:24-29 We’ve now heard the Sermon on the Mount… what are you going to do about it? What does it look like to put Jesus’ teaching into practice?
  • Total: 18 sessions.
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