Learning the Sermon on the Mount
Into: Blessed, but not how we might think. Matthew 5:1–10
What does it look like to grow toward living God’s ways?
Persecuted for blowing the corruption curve. 5:11–20
Peacemaking is a practical path between aggression and avoidance. 5:21–26
Pure in heart is character that doesn’t rely on PR. 5:27–37
Merciful because of who you are, not what others do. 5:38–48
How do we make progress without getting tangled in religious weirdness?
Things made right in this world, that is what we crave. 6:1–4
Meek dependence on God’s graciousness helps us each day. 6:5–15
Mourning about what is not yet right breaks bad cycles. 6:16–18
Treasuring what really matters is essential. 6:19–24
What about the challenges that tempt me to lose the plot?
Physical needs are real, but we can pursue things with integrity. 6:25–34
Relating with others isn’t about us fixing them, it’s about us interacting respectfully. 7:1–12
Spiritual progress involves sensible discernment, not cultish gullibility. 7:13–23
What difference does the Sermon on the Mount make?
Jesus could have gone up on a mountain to talk about dogma, but what he said we need to do is learn what he teaches here and for us to rebuild our lives on these things. Matthew 7:24–29