How can we live a life that pleases God??
This will be our focus over the next 5 to 6 weeks. We are going to take an in-depth look at the Sermon on the Mount. We will explore Mathew 5,6,&7 and hear exactly what it looks like to live as a follower of Christ.
Matthew 5:1-2 is the reason that this passage is known as the Sermon on the Mount: “Now when He saw the crowds, He went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to Him, and He began to teach them…” The Sermon on the Mount is the most famous sermon Jesus ever gave, perhaps the most famous sermon ever given by anyone.
In many ways, Jesus’ teachings during the Sermon on the Mount represent the major ideals of our daily Christian walk. In these 3 chapters we will see Jesus teaching about prayer, justice, care for the needy, handling religious law, divorce, fasting, judging other people, salvation, and much more. The Sermon on the Mount also contains both the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12) and the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13).
Jesus addresses our heart in these chapters. How we will live in the reality of our world and all that happens in our daily lives. In the She Reads Truth Devotional, the reference is made that “Jesus transformed the law from a back-breaker to freedom-maker.” Jesus Christ came to fulfill the law so that we may experience freedom. “Freedom from sin, freedom from self. Freedom from hopelessness and death. Freedom from rule-based religion. Freedom to love and be loved by a holy and merciful God.” (She Reads Truth)
Lets look with an open heart over the next weeks as Jesus speaks to us from the hill above. He is not telling us what to do, but how to live. Jesus wants us to be close to Him. To experience freedom in this life, these chapters show us that we will only find freedom in Him.
Also, read Psalm 57