The Sermon on the Mount
On Sunday we began a sermon series focused on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, which can be found in the book of Matthew (the first book in the New Testament) chapters 5, 6, and 7.
The Sermon on the Mount will also be our focus during our Lenten Small Groups. A quick reminder that if you would like to be a part of a group but didn’t have the chance to sign up, you are welcome to join the group that meets downstairs in the Auditorium this upcoming Sunday.
We also invite you to make the Sermon on the Mount a part of Lent by reading it regularly — perhaps once a day!
As I mentioned on Sunday the themes of Lent and the topics found in the Sermon on the Mount overlap nicely. This makes the Sermon on the Mount a great section of the bible to have before us during this season. For example, Lent has traditionally been a time to emphasize prayer, fasting, and giving as ways to draw closer to God. Jesus covers each of these topics in the Sermon on the Mount. Lent is also a season to consider our need of repentance, and The Sermon on the Mount is filled with teachings on how to live a life for God.
On Sunday I also briefly mentioned the sermon topics for the next five weeks. Rather than go through the Sermon on the Mount in a verse-by-verse fashion, I will be highlighting key themes found within it. For example, on Sunday I spoke about the theme of God’s character that we find throughout the Sermon on the Mount. The themes that I will cover in the next five weeks are:
- Our Mission and Our Identity
- Issues of the Human Heart
- Worry and Fear
- Loving Others when it is tough
- Who/What informs the way we love God and others?
The Sermon on the Mount is filled with teachings that are inspiring. It also contains teachings that seem confusing and difficult (the teachings on divorce and on hell come to mind). We will take a look at many of these teachings, both those that inspire and those that raise questions for us. And hopefully our time together studying the Sermon on the Mount during the season of Lent will draw us closer to one another and also draw us closer to our God. I hope that you are able to join us during the season of Lent!