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Sermon on the Mount
Sermon on the Mount: The Jesus Manifesto (Matthew 5 - 7)
James J. Tissot, "Jesus Preaches the Sermon on the Mount" (1886-1896), watercolor. Larger image.
Manifesto: "a written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives, or views of its issuer."
A manifesto is where you put it all out there for people to grasp, ponder, and ultimately understand. In all the New Testament, the Sermon on the Mount as found in Matthew 5-7 is probably the most concise, definitive statement of Jesus' teachings, clearly contrasting his declaration of the Kingdom of God and how it differed radically from what passed for religion in his day -- and ours! Be prepared to be shocked and challenged by this study -- and ultimately grow as a committed follower, a disciple of this Jesus.
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- Preface (Audio (6:58)
- Introduction to the Sermon on the Mount (Audio (19:34)
- Introduction to the Religion of the Pharisees (Audio (8:51)
- Paintings and Artwork of Jesus Teaching Ministry
- Songs and Hymns Based on the Sermon on the Mount
- Participant Lesson Handouts (for classes and groups)
I. Kingdom Citizens (5:1-16)
- Paradoxical People: the Beatitudes (5:1-13).
II. The Kingdom and the Spirit of the Law (5:17-48)
- The Spirit of the Law and Reconciliation (5:17-26).
III. Piety in the Kingdom (6:1-18).
- Giving, Prayer, and Fasting (6:1-8, 16-18).
Sermon on the Mount: The Jesus Manifesto is available in paperback and ebook formats
IV. Materialism and the Kingdom (6:19-34)
- Temptation to Idolatry (6:19-24). It is possible to be possessed by getting ahead -- or greed. Americans, especially, are blind to this bondage. What would Jesus have us do?
- Temptation to Worry (6:25-34). If we aren't hoarding wealth, we can still be controlled by our worry about lack of possessions. Jesus' prescription for the poor.
V. Discernment in the Kingdom (7:1-29)
- Judging Self and Others (7:1-6). "Judge not" is one of the most abused texts in the Bible. What did Jesus really mean?
- Asking in Faith (7:7-12). Important lessons on praying with faith. Jesus' instruction for powerful disciples.
- Discerning the True Way (7:13-29). All roads do not lead to heaven -- most lead to destruction. The Sermon concludes with warnings about obedient living and adequate life foundations.
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