Summary: Part 9 preaching through Matthew, the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount, covering the first of the Beatitudes.
Sermon-2/9/03-Matt. 5:1-3-Poor In Spirit/Dependance on God
The Sermon on the Mount-Vintage Christinianity-Taught on this passage more than possibly any other in the Bible-learn more and more each time.
When we look at the Christian faith as it is practiced today it can appear to be clouded by century’s of tradition, in vintage Christianity going back to the beginning.
Dictionary.com defines vintage as-of or relating to a vintage, characterized by excellence, maturity, and enduring appeal, classic.
So in vintage Christianity we are going to go back and look at the core, The way it’s supposed to be. Not what does our culture say it means to follow Christ, not what do I say, not what does our church say, but what did Jesus say it meant to follow Him. When Christ came He laid it out, very plainly how those who follow Him should live their lives.
Address some objections/ways people have mis-interpreted the Sermon on the Mount.
Primary problem is that some teachers have interpreted this entire sermon of Christ to the future. Look at the impossible standards of righteousness here and say that this is only applicable in the future, during the Millenium when Christ’s kingdom is established on earth. I’m sure some of you have even heard that teaching before.
As we begin 4 reasons why I believe the Sermon On The Mount is applicable for believers today.
1-no indication that it is for another age in the text
2-Christ taught these to His disciples who were not living in the Millennium
3-Many of the teachings become meaningless if they are applied to the Millennium (5:10-11, 43-44)
4-After His resurrection Christ commanded His disciples to teach others “everything I have commanded you.” (Matt. 28:19-20)
Christ began His ministry announcing "repent the Kingdom of heaven is at hand"
Natural questions on the heart of every Jew would have been, “Am I eligible to enter Messiah’s kingdom? Am I righteous enough to qualify for entrance?” The only standard of righteousness the people knew was that laid down by the current religious leaders, the scribes and Pharisees. Would one who followed that standard be acceptable in Messiah’s kingdom?
The sermon showed how a person who is in right relationship with God should conduct his life.
And the most obvious thing should be as we look at Christ’s teachings here-it is impossible for any of us to live this way on our own. Any study of the Sermon on the Mount must bring us to the understanding that the only way we can live the life that Christ is calling us to is through Him, when we come to God through Christ and are indwelt by the power of the Holy Spirit and allow Him to control our lives, then and only then can we begin to live the kind of life that Christ outlines in the Sermon on the Mount, the kind of life that He tells us will lead to real happiness.
That is where Christ begins-Beatitudes
Series of 9 statements each beginning with “Blessed are…”
Blessed-blessed/happy/fortunate all at the same time Greek & Hebrew meanings, but all that is actually captured in our English word as well.