The Sermon on the Mount
In the early chapters of Matthew’s Gospel, we find a collection of the teachings of Jesus that are traditionally referred to as the “Sermon on the Mount.” Matthew tells us that Jesus traveled throughout the region known as Galilee teaching in synagogues and the open air. As his reputation spread throughout the region, the crowds grew larger and larger.
This fall the Wednesday Morning Bible Study group will be reading and discussing portions of this amazing collection of the sayings of Rabbi Jesus. The original audience for these teachings consisted mainly of religious Jews. We will be reflecting on the implications of Jesus’ teachings for Christians living in twenty-first-century America.
September 11 Session One Matthew 5: 1-26
“Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
September 18 Session Two Matthew 5:27-48
“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven.”
September 25 Session Three Matthew 6:1-18
“When you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
October 2 Session Four Matthew 6:19-34
“Strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you.”
October 9 Session Five Matthew 7:1-20
“Ask, and it will be given; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will open.”
October 16 Session Six Matthew 7:21-28
“The gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”