The Sermon on the Mount


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The exposition of The Sermon on the Mount is our Lord’s most comprehensive treatment of Christian discipleship in the Gospels. Jesus begins by defining the distinguishing traits of Christian character…

…proceeds to discussions of Christian ethics, Christian devotion, and Christian promises, and concludes by calling upon his hearers to respond by choosing to live authentic Christian lives.

Far from a watered-down version of the Law of Moses, Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount is effectively a “raising of the bar.” The discipleship standards of Jesus are higher than the Law in terms of the fact that the emphasis is placed not only on the actual conduct but also on the motives behind the deeds. It is in this sense that the Lord says, “Except your righteousness exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no wise enter into the kingdom.”
I think you will agree that living the Sermon on the Mount is, indeed, a tall order. It is not easy to be a Christian. But the Lord promises his Divine resources to those who ask, seek, and knock.
by Michael L. Gowens
Published by SGP (2012)
107pp Paperback
ISBN 978-1-929635-12-2