Sermon on the Mount

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Sermon on the Mount – Building on the Rock

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“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock.” Matthew 7:24-25 (NLT)

One of the roles of the Holy Spirit is bring conviction to our hearts and our minds, to show us “This is God; this is what He wants for you.” Enabled by God, we can receive that, or we can push it away. Let’s pray that God would turn us into the kind of people who build their lives on the solid rock of Jesus Christ and His teaching.

Sermon on the Mount – True Disciples

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“Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter.” Matthew 7:21 (NLT)

There’s something different between having a real relationship with God, a faith relationship with God through Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit, and religion. Unless we allow God to enable us through the Holy Spirit to follow God’s ways, we are in danger of falling into religion, to doing even the right things for the wrong reason, and never truly ‘knowing’ God.

Sermon on the Mount – The Tree and its Fruit

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“A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit.” – Matthew 7:17 (NLT)

The tree Jesus is speaking of is our motivation, our will, our desires; these are either controlled by God’s Spirit, or still controlled by our own sinful self. The fruit is our actions. When the Spirit of God is allowed to work in our lives, we will see the fruit of the Spirit in our behavior and interactions with others. On the other hand, when are not seeing the fruit of the Spirit coming out in our lives, it is time to seek more of God’s will, and surrender more of our daily life to His Spirit.

Sermon on the Mount – The Narrow Way

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“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.” – Matthew 7:13-14 (NLT) We only have […]

Sermon on the Mount – Effective Prayer

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“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” – Matthew 7:7-8 (NLT)

Persistence in prayer is recommended to us here, but the underlying assumption is that we are asking for God’s will to be done. If you ask for God’s will to be done in your life, if will be. If you seek God, desiring his renewal of your life, you will find it. But is essential that we approach him with a pure heart, which is why the earlier teachings we have looked at are all about our heart, our intention, our attitude toward God and others. So seek God first, and then pray for his will, and you will find the blessing of God’s perfect gifts for you.

Sermon on the Mount – Judging

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“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.” Matthew 7:1-2 (NLT)

How do we help one another with problem areas in our lives? First, we deal with the problems in our own lives, and then God will enable us, with the right attitude on our part, to help others. And this attitude is not one of judging or condemnation, but one of “there’s a better way; let me show you what God has shown me.” As we do this, it is essential that we stay tuned in to the Holy Spirit so that we can discern when our words will be accepted and when they will only lead to aggravating a situation. So as we enter 2020, let us speak healing to one another, and leave the judgment to God.

Sermon on the Mount – Worry

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“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” – Matthew 6:33-34 (NLT)

It’s very tempting to want to serve God through religious acts, but look out for ourselves when it comes to our physical needs. Here Jesus tells us that that will never work; we will inevitably end up on one side or the other, not straddling both. As we begin 2020, Jason gives examples of how we can keep our focus on being in God’s will, and trust Him to take care of those daily needs which Satan wants to keep in the front of our mind.

Sermon on the Mount – Treasure

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“Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light.” – Matthew 6:21-22 (NLT)

How do you see things? On Christmas Day, how do you see the coming of Jesus, the Savior of the world? Jesus came two thousand years ago, lived, died, and rose again to defeat the havoc Satan had wreaked on God’s creation. Do you see your treasure as all the stuff you will get today, or do you see your treasure as opportunities to be generous, to serve people, to walk in God’s will for yourself and others, honoring His sacrifice for you? Today as you remember His birth, reflect on this: what do my eyes see as precious and good?

Sermon on the Mount – Fasting

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“But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face. Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.” – Matthew 6:17-18 (NLT)

Relationships matter to God. Here Jesus first restates the importance of true forgiveness, mirroring God’s forgiveness, which is intended to restore broken relationships. Then he goes back to the importance of acting for God’s approval, not that of other people, this time in the area of fasting. We are to fast in order to seek God’s will and guidance, not to impress others with how much we are giving up to please God. In this way our relationship with God is strengthened. So if you’re confused, if you’re looking for guidance, fast and pray, and enter into a deeper relationship with God.

Sermon on the Mount – The Lord’s Prayer

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Read Matthew 6:9-13

May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven. – Matthew 6:10 (NLT)

When we pray, God changes us. In the prayer Jesus taught his disciples, we are guided to see life from God’s perspective. Share Jason’s enthusiasm as he expands on each petition in the Lord’s Prayer this week.