In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus answers the criticism that he is abolishing the law. Jesus’ life is misunderstood by the ‘righteous’ of his day as he lives in perfect obedience to the will and law of God. Jesus not only redefines their understanding of the law, he calls them to a higher standard of righteousness.
It is only when we know what we are created for that we can then fulfill the purpose for which we were created. Jesus uses two metaphors (salt and light) to present a picture of how his disciples must live and the effects their lives will have on the world.
It is an incredible irony that God’s people are called to be peacemakers yet, they will be persecuted. But our persecution for righteousness sake is far exceeded in scope by God’s promise of eternal reward in heaven. Will we believe God sees and rewards?
Jesus is a compassionate Savior who has come to redeem us and to use us to share his love with others. Prayer is a means by which the work of the Kingdom is carried out.
Jesus is everything we need. Not everything we think we want. But exactly everything we need. He is the Perfect Gift.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus addresses the universal desire of all of our hearts, to be satisfied. There is one way and only one way to be eternally satisfied and it is only through Jesus Christ. Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be satisfied.
This week Pastor Matthew discusses how Christians should think, feel and pray in response to the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.
The Sermon on the Mount is the most famous sermon in the world. This morning we read it in its entirety and briefly examine how to rightly to apply this teaching to our lives.
Jesus presence, message and the beginning of his ministry inaugurate the Kingdom of God in a way never before experienced on earth. Not only is Jesus calling for repentance, he is inviting us to participate in the Kingdom of God in an extraordinary way.
In Matthew 4, Jesus is led into the wilderness to experience what we all experience, temptation. Immediately after being baptized, Jesus is tempted by the devil. Satan uses familiar techniques in tempting Jesus; He perverts the Word of God and calls Jesus sonship into question. However, Jesus proves himself as the faithful Son of God.