Sunday, April 9th, 2017
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.
- Jesus fulfills the prophecy in Zechariah 9:9, that he comes as “king,” yet the crowds refer to him as a prophet. What are ways in which you deny Jesus’ kingship in your life and settle for lesser titles?
- In Matthew 21:1-11, we have a grand picture of Israel’s king approaching Jerusalem at the height of his ministry. Undoubtedly, there were large crowds who gathered around and hailed him as their savior-king. Yet, this king came in humble and riding on a donkey not to overthrow Rome as they expected but towards suffering, persecution, and death on a cross. Why do you think the crowd misunderstood the mission of their king? Has there ever been an instance in your life where you misunderstood God’s mission in your life? How did God resolve this discrepancy?
For Further Discussion:.
- What is the historical significance of Jesus riding the donkey? Why were the branches laid at his feet and why did they shout “Hosanna!”? Use other sources like commentaries to discuss these portions of the text.
- We know after this story quickly comes the trial and crucifixion of Jesus. How quick are we to forget our love of Christ and turn our backs on him? How can your families and missional communities remind you of the ministry and miracles of Jesus that you’ve experienced?