Sermon on the Mount
The Sermon on the Mount is a collection of sayings and teachings of Jesus. Jesus of Nazareth gave this sermon on a mountainside near Capernaum to his disciples and a large crowd.Jesus proclaimed his attitude towards the law: position, authority, and money are not important in his kingdom -- what matters is faithful obedience from the heart.
Jesus told his disciples not to expect fame and fortune, but hunger, mourning, and persecution. Also that they would be rewarded -- but perhaps not in this life
The Beatitudes are a set of teachings by Jesus in Matthew and Luke. The term Beatitude comes from the Latin adjective beatus which means happy, fortunate, or blissful. The teachings are expressed as eight blessings in the Sermon on the Mount. Each Beatitude consists of two phrases: the condition and the result. The Beatitudes present a new set of Christian ideals that focus on love and humility; they echo the highest ideals of the teachings of Jesus on mercy, spirituality and compassion.
Blessed are the poor in spirit
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
-- Matthew 5:3-12
-- Luke 6:20-26
Peacemakers not only live in peace with others but do their best
to promote friendship among mankind and between God and man.
"Do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving
may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret will reward you."
THE BEATITUDES - (Sermon on the Mount)
Jesus said that God's way of living usually contradicts the world's.
If you want to live for God you must be ready to say an do what seems strange to the world. You must be willing to give when others take, to love when others hate, to help when others abuse.
By giving up your own rights in order to serve others, you will one day receive everything God has in store for you.
The Beatitudes are a code of ethics for the disciples and a standard of conduct for all believers. They must be taken as a while to describe what we should be like as Christ's followers.
Each Beatitude tells how to be blessed. "Blessed" means more than happiness. It implies the fortunate or enviable state of those who are in God's kingdom. They don't promise pleasure or earthly prosperity. "Blessed" means the experience of hope and joy, independent of outward circumstances. To find hope and joy, the deepest form of happiness, follow Jesus no matter what the cost.
"Jesus said we should check our motives in three areas: 1. Generosity,
2. Prayer and 3. Fasting. These acts should not be self-centered, but
God-centered done not to make us look good but to make God look
good. The reward God promises is not material. With your next good
deed, ask 'Would I still do this if no one would ever know it?'
SERMON ON THE MOUNT
(Six ways to think like Christ)
Avoid anger and hatred.
Have right relationships with God and others. (offer regular gifts)
Keep our hearts from lusting, and be faithful. (avoid adultry)
Live out our marriage commitments. (Be legally married)
Avoid casual and irresponsible commitments to God. (make an oath)
Show mercy and love to others.
The Sermon on the Mount in addition to the Beatitudes: In Matthew 5, 6, and 7 Jesus teaches about:
1. Salt and Light
2. The Law
8. Loving Enemies
9. Giving to the Needy
14. Criticizing Others
15. Asking, Seeking and Knocking
16. The Way to Heaven
17. Fruit in People's Lives
18. Those Who Build Houses on Rock and Sand
(From 'The Message' - Eugene H. Peterson)
"When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said:
"You're blessed when you're at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule."
"You're blessed when you feel you've lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you."
"You're blessed when you're content with just who you are -- no more, no less. That's the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can't be bought."
"You're blessed when you've worked up a good appetite for God. He's food and drink in the best meal you'll ever eat."
"You're blessed when you care. At the moment of being 'care-full,' you found yourselves cared for."
"You're blessed when you get your inside world -- your mind and heart -- put right. Then you can see God in the outside world."
"You're blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That's when you discover who you really are, and your place in God's family."
"You're blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God's kingdom."
"Not only that -- count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. you can be glad when that happens -- give a cheer, even! -- for though they don't like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble."
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