Category: In Jesus’ Name
The Sermon on the Mount—The Invitation

The Sermon on the Mount—The Invitation

At the church where I work and worship, at the end of every sermon an invitation is offered, where people are encouraged to respond to the lesson that has been presented. People ...

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The Sermon on the Mount—Ask

The Sermon on the Mount—Ask

Matthew 7.7-11 does not seem to be directly tied to what comes immediately before or after it (judging and the golden rule, respectively), but it is tied to other portions of the ...

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The Sermon on the Mount—Judging Others

The Sermon on the Mount—Judging Others

Matthew 7 begins with Jesus saying, “Judge not, that you be not judged.” If you were to take a poll in 21st century America, this might be the most well-known verse in all of ...

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The Sermon on the Mount—Do Not Worry

The Sermon on the Mount—Do Not Worry

At the end of Matthew 6, Jesus presents a series of arguments to show His disciples that they should not worry or be anxious about the physical necessities of life. The first ...

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The Sermon on the Mount—Treasure in Heaven

The Sermon on the Mount—Treasure in Heaven

The next section of the SOTM is not very long and is actually pretty straightforward, but it is worth our direct attention, because it is absolutely contrary to the way the ...

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The Sermon on the Mount—How (Not) to Practice your Faith

The Sermon on the Mount—How (Not) to Practice your Faith

After focusing on how citizens of the kingdom are to live by a higher standard, Jesus now transitions to three aspects of our religious lives—giving to the needy, praying, and ...

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The Sermon on the Mount—Raising the Standard

The Sermon on the Mount—Raising the Standard

After describing what citizens of His kingdom should look like in the Beatitudes and then explaining how His followers should interact with the world around them (salt and light), ...

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The Sermon on the Mount—Salt and Light

The Sermon on the Mount—Salt and Light

After a few weeks’ break, we now return to our study of the Sermon on the Mount, and immediately following the Beatitudes, Jesus uses two metaphors to describe His disciples which ...

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A Difficult Birth, Part 3: The Danger of Christmas

A Difficult Birth, Part 3: The Danger of Christmas

In this series we have been discussing that Jesus’ birth was a difficult one, and we have been looking at different characteristics of His birth that we sometimes gloss over in ...

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A Difficult Birth, Part 2: The Discomfort of Christmas

A Difficult Birth, Part 2: The Discomfort of Christmas

We continue our discussion on the birth of Jesus, and what we’re really emphasizing in this series is that it was a difficult birth. It is not as neat and clean and Hallmark-y as ...

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A Difficult Birth, Part 1: The Scandal of Christmas

A Difficult Birth, Part 1: The Scandal of Christmas

For some people, Christmas is all about spending time with family, and the giving and receiving of gifts, but for others, Christmas is also a celebration and remembrance of the ...

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The Sermon on the Mount—Who God Sees as Blessed (continued)

The Sermon on the Mount—Who God Sees as Blessed (continued)

This week, we conclude our brief examination of the Beatitudes, which describe the sort of people that Jesus considers to be blessed. Blessed are the merciful (5.7) Mercy ...

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