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Sermon on the Mount: Week 1

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

Matthew 5:1-16

Sermon on the Mount

The Sermon on the Mount is set early in the Ministry of Jesus as it picks up after he has been baptized by John the Baptist in chapter 3 of and gathered his first disciples in chapter 4. It is the longest piece of teaching from Jesus in the New Testament, and occupies chapters 5, 6 and 7 of the Gospel of Matthew. Here we see Jesus teach on the fundamental elements of His ethics and His kingdom. The Sermon has been one of the most widely read and quoted elements of the of any of the 4 gospel accounts.
Our hope and prayer this Lent season is that through the study and meditation of this text our hearts together would be refreshed and transformed by the Spirit of God as we join with Him in the renewal of our city.
As you read and study together, make sure to work hard at hearing from everyone that has gathered together. Pray for one another and be accountable to applying the word of God to your lives.

General Questions:

  1. Do you feel you are living into the beatitudes? What are some areas you can grow?
  2. What is the purpose of salt? The purpose of light? How are you currently living that out? How are we living that out as a church?

For Further Discussion:.

  1. When Moses was given the 10 Commandments, he went up Mt. Sinai to receive them and to communicate them to the Israelite people. What similarities should we draw from that to the sermon on the mount?
  2. Israel was expecting a mighty king, a military superpower. Instead, Jesus comes and His first large address is the Beatitudes. How do the beatitudes juxtapose this idea of a savior they would’ve had?
  3. What are some times you expected God to do something huge and exciting but He changed something much deeper in you instead?

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