The Sermon on the Mount begins a series of 5 very important Sermons / Teachings of Jesus in the book of Matthew. Speaking to his disciples, Jesus explains the reality of being a disciple of His and Heaven in this sin-sick, God-forsaken world. The sermon shows how and explains why a person who is in right relationship with God should conduct his/her life.
Key Scripture Passage… Matthew 5:1–2 (The Message)
1When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to Him, the COMMITTED, climbed with Him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down 2and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said…
The Sermon on the Mount is practical instructions for living life for those who CHOOSE to follow Jesus, submit to His teaching and CLIMB the mountain of discipleship upward toward spiritual maturity.
“CLIMB” – to go upward with gradual or continuous progress…
A step-by-step process…
“Being happy, content, satisfied – regardless of outward circumstances – because of an internal personal relationship with God; joyful.”
As Jesus continues His Sermon on the Mount, He explained in two word pictures the IMPACT that His disciples should have on their world (“oikos”). Jesus teaches us how to live as “salt and light” in this decaying and dark world as His ambassadors / witnesses.
Matthew 5:13-16 (ESV)
1. SALT this world (Matt. 5:13)
2. SHINE in this world (Matt. 5:14-16)
Matthew 6:1-4 (ESV)
3. REFLECT to this world (Matt. 6:1-4)
There is a significant difference between these two passages, and it has to do with _WHO_ is glorified by your actions. In one case, attention is drawn to Almighty God; in the other, it is drawn to selfish you.
It is the Jesus follower’s RESPONSIBILITY to live in such a noticeable way as to make God visible in a world that is blind to Him.
Your Choice… CLIP ON AND CLIMB!
Sermon Topics: Salt and Light