TEACHER:  Ken Hicks 

SCRIPTURES: Matthew 5-7

BOTTOM LINE:  The Sermon on the Mount is the most significant portrait ever painted for a Disciple of Jesus.

QUESTION: What is the GREATEST most SIGNIFICANT thing someone ever taught you?

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I don’t know if I can accurately say this was The Most Important Thing Jesus ever Taught … but I can say this … It has to be on the list!

Jesus taught us about things like:

  • Being Salt and Light in the world
  • Taught about Anger
  • Adultery
  • Divorce
  • Revenge
  • Loving our Enemies
  • Giving to the Needy
  • Prayer and Fasting
  • Money & Possessions
  • Judging Others
  • Prayer … not just prayer, but Effective Prayer
  • The Golden Rule
  • The Narrow Gate
  • Our lives as a Tree … and how it should bear FRUIT
  • What it looks like to be a True Disciple
  • And … the parable we looked at in Building on a Strong Foundation

 

I want to give you some specific examples that’s a LOT of Scripture here today …

Rejoice when you are persecuted for righteousness’ sake (Matthew 5:12)

Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in Heaven (Matthew 5:16)

Make relationships right before God before giving a gift to God (Matthew 5:24).

Come to peace quickly in situations of disagreement, especially with your adversary (Matthew 5:25)

Get rid of offenses of the flesh and body (Matthew 5:29-30)

Do not swear oaths (Matthew 5:34)

Let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes’ and your ‘no’ be ‘no’ (Matthew 5:37)

Do not return evil for evil, but rather do much good (Matthew 5:39-42)

Love your enemies (Matthew 5:44)

Bless those who curse you (Matthew 5:44)

Do good to those who hate you (Matthew 5:44)

Pray for them who despitefully use you and persecute you (Matthew 5:44)

Be complete in your love/perfect (Matthew 5:48)

Do not do your alms like the Pharisees, but rather do them in a spirit of humility (Matthew 6:1-4)

Pray authentically and in humility (Matthew 6:5-6)

Do not pray using vain repetitions (Matthew 6:7-8)

Pray according to the model in the ‘Lord’s Prayer’ (Matthew 6:9-13)

Fast in humility, not in hypocrisy (Matthew 6:16-18)

Lay up treasures in Heaven (Matthew 6:19-21)

Trust God to provide for life matters (Matthew 6:25-32)

Seek God’s Kingdom first and He will provide for your needs (Matthew 6:33)

Do not worry about the future/tomorrow (Matthew 6:34)

Do not condemn or judge hypocritically (Matthew 7:1-5)

Do not cast your pearls before swine (Matthew 7:6)

Ask in prayer persistently (Matthew 7:7-8)

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you (Matthew 7:12)

Enter in the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13-14)

Beware of false prophets (Matthew 7:15-20)

 

Implicit Applications from the Sermon on the Mount:

Be poor in spirit — you will be heaven-bound (Matthew 5:3)

Mourn — you will be comforted (Matthew 5:4)

Be meek — you will inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5)

Hunger and thirst after righteousness — you will be filled (Matthew 5:6)

Be merciful — you will obtain mercy (Matthew 5:7)

Be pure in heart — you will see God (Matthew 5:8)

Be peacemakers — you will be called children of God (Matthew 5:9)

Endure persecution — you will inherit the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:10)

Be persecuted only for righteousness’ sake (Matthew 5:10)

Be sure that slander against you is actually false (Matthew 5:11)

Follow Jesus and you will be persecuted and reviled (Matthew 5:11)

Be glad in persecution since the faithful of the past were also persecuted (Matthew 5:12, cf. Hebrews 11)

Christians need to be and are the salt of the earth — useful and not good for nothing (Matthew 5:13)

Christians need to be and are the light of the world, shining forth God’s light (Matthew 5:14)

The light of Jesus should be evident to all through the Christian’s life (Matthew 5:14)

Jesus came to fulfill the Law — not to destroy it (Matthew 5:17)

The Law of the Lord will be fulfilled completely before the end comes (Matthew 5:18)

Keep the Lord’s commandments and teach obedience concerning them to others (Matthew 5:19)

Do not be self-righteous as the Pharisees (Matthew 5:20)

Do not be angry at your brother without cause (Matthew 5:22)

Anger harbored is murder in the heart (Matthew 5:22)

Be wise in disputes (Matthew 5:25-26)

Do not lust after a woman in your heart (Matthew 5:28)

Lust harbored is adultery in the heart (Matthew 5:28)

Get rid of sin and sinful vices at all costs (Matthew 5:29-30)

Fornication is the only reason in a marriage in which divorce is a valid possibility (Matthew 5:32)

Keep heart matters intentionally focused between you and God, not you and others who see you (Matthew 6:1-8)

The volume of words does not determine the direction of God’s ear (Matthew 6:7)

The Lord knows all of our needs even before we speak them (Matthew 6:8)

Our Father is in Heaven (Matthew 6:9)

Our Father is Holy/Hallowed (Matthew 6:9)

The Lord’s will is done in Heaven (Matthew 6:10)

We should desire God’s will to be done on earth (Matthew 6:10)

The Lord provides for our material needs (Matthew 6:11)

We should request forgiveness (Matthew 6:12)

We should forgive others (Matthew 6:12)

We should ask the Lord for deliverance from temptation and evil (Matthew 6:13)

The Lord is King: mighty and glorious and eternal (Matthew 6:13)

The Lord forgives us openly once we forgive others (Matthew 6:14-15)

Be full of light (Matthew 6:22)

Be pure (Matthew 6:22-23)

Serve God, not money/mammon (Matthew 6:24)

You cannot serve God and money/mammon (Matthew 6:24)

The Lord cares for even the most minute parts of His Creation (Matthew 6:26, 28, 30)

Do not seek what the world seeks — trust in God (Matthew 6:32)

Persistent and Faithful Prayer works (Matthew 7:7-8)

God gives the best gifts — they are always good (Matthew 7:9-11)

The broad way leads to destruction (Matthew 7:13)

The narrow way leads to life (Matthew 7:14)

False prophets are as ravenous wolves in sheep’s clothing (Matthew 7:15)

Test prophets’ fruit in ministry (Matthew 7:16-18)

False prophets will be punished (Matthew 7:19)

Not all who claim to be Christians actually are in God’s sight (Matthew 7:21)

Do God’s Will (Matthew 7:21)

Don’t just be a hearer, but also a doer of the Word (Matthew 7:24-25, cf. James 1:22)

Don’t be foolish and neglect the Word (Matthew 7:26-27)

 

APPLICATION:  

Focus on obeying Jesus’ commands, despite what your will wants to do.

Walk in this stuff that Jesus says here, and we have to fight the urge to read it … get in a group and talk about it … maybe even memorize it … and then not experience it and do it!

I believe if we really begin to do this, our lives will not only experience the fullness of life Christ has for us, but we’ll be able to see and recognize the FRUIT too!   Our lives will bear FRUIT.

I want to close w/ these 1st 12 verses of chapter 5 … as we prepare in a moment to come and share in the Sacrament of Communion:

Matthew 5:1-2 … ”1 And seeing the multitudes, He went up into a mountain: and when He was set, His disciples came unto him; 2 And He opened His mouth and taught them …”

Matthew 5:3-12 … ”3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. 10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”

 

Sure puts a whole new perspective on some things in our life doesn’t it?

Have a BLESSED day!   Nah … I’ll take an ordinary, average American dream kind of day if you don’t mind!  

Seriously, right? But that’s what it looks like to be BLESSED, and if we’re not careful, we’ll read it … and study it … and then just sort of drift right back into the life we’ve come to experience in Western American Christian culture … and I’m not saying it’s all bad … I’m just saying … are we experiencing THIS?

And I get it.  It’s  not a great recruitment message in one sense is it? In just a moment, I’m going to share an opportunity to begin a relationship w/ God thru Jesus … and some of us here or watching are thinking, Bro, if that’s the reward, I’ll pass.

I get it … and some of us are thinking … I didn’t know all that when I signed up … is there an Opt Out Clause?

Here’s what I’ll tell you … and I only tell you my story … I’ve spent many a days, weeks, months and even years trying it my way … I’ve tried to do GOOD on my own, thinking it was the RIGHT thing to do and yet it was never FULLY satisfying. Sure, I had vanishing moments where it felt ok … or I was satisfied … but it did not last.