Sermon on the Mount Overview
The Sermon on the Mount is the largest body of compiled teaching from Jesus in the New Testament. Since the earliest days, Christians have regarded it as foundational for understanding how to live as followers of Jesus. In it, Jesus teaches us the nature of the Kingdom of God and how it affects our daily lives.
In effect, Jesus teaches us how to find a happy life. Jesus begins the sermon by saying, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." The word translated as "blessed" also means happy, satisifed, or flourishing. It describes a person who lives life as God intended and who experiences the present and future joys of citizenship in God's Kingdom.
If we listen and obey Christ's teaching, we will find that happiness doesn't look like the "American dream," but comes through a wise and righteous life, lived by faith in God alone.
This fall, Church of the Resurrection is going to study this passage of Scripture in depth. It is found in Matthew's gospel, chapters 5-7. This passage will direct our Sunday sermons, our Mesa Groups, and Family Ministries. We will offer a course on The Lord's Prayer and the Christian Life as a way to dive deeper into this foundational teaching from Jesus.
At the bottom of the page are recommended resources to help you go further in study, spiritual growth, and reflection. Also listed below are the fall schedules for Adult and Student Mesa groups.
How to Prepare
Some ideas for getting yourself and your family ready to study the Sermon on the Mount
The Sermon on the Mount comes in the middle of a story, so it is important to know it! Here are a couple ways acquainted with the gospel according to Matthew.
2. Watch these videos which summarize the story.
It will help to learn terms and concepts from Matthew. Here are a couple ways to get acquainted with Matthew's themes.
1. Watch this forum on 'The Kingdom of God.'
2. Learn about the significance of the Law.
Each week provides the main passage, live stream, spiritual practices, and children's videos and activities.
Wednesdays @ 7:30-8:30pm on Zoom
Special Mesa dates will meet in-person Location TBD
September 9 Grill-out Mesa
October 7 Movie Night
October 28 Halloween Costume Mesa
November 11 Friends-giving Celebration
December 2 Advent Gift Exchange
The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness, by Tim Keller
Description: In this short and punchy book, best selling author Timothy Keller, shows that gospel humility means we can stop connecting every experience, every conversation with ourselves and can thus be free from self condemnation. A truly gospel humble person is not a self-hating person or a self-loving person, but a self-forgetful person. This freedom can be yours.
The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas A Kempis
Description: Only the Bible has been more influential as a source of Christian devotional reading than The Imitation of Christ. This meditation on the spiritual life has inspired readers from Thomas More and St. Ignatius Loyola to Thomas Merton and Pope John Paul II. Written by the Augustinian monk Thomas à Kempis between 1420 and 1427, it contains clear instructions for renouncing worldly vanities and locating eternal truths.
What Did You Expect?: Redeeming the Realities of Marriage, by Paul David Tripp
Description: Somehow, someway, every marriage becomes a struggle. Everyone’s marriage morphs into something they didn’t intend it to be. At some point you need something sturdier than romance. You need something deeper than shared interests and mutual attraction. You need changed expectations, you need radical commitments, and, most importantly, you need grace.
After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters, by N.T. Wright
Description: From the author of the acclaimed Simply Christian and Surprised by Hope comes a book that addresses the question that has plagued humans for centuries—what is our purpose? As Christians, what are we to do with that ambiguous time between baptism and the funeral? It's easy to become preoccupied with who gets into heaven; the real challenge is how we are going to live in the here and now. Wright dispels the common misconception that Christian living is nothing more than a checklist of dos and don'ts. Nor is it a prescription to "follow your heart" wherever it may lead. Instead, After You Believe reveals the Bible's call for a revolution—a transformation of character that takes us beyond our earthly pursuit of money, sex, and power into a virtuous state of living that allows us to reflect God and live more worshipful, fulfilling lives.
The Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing: A Theological Commentary, by Jonathan Pennington
Description: In this volume, a recognized expert on the Gospels shows that the Sermon on the Mount offers a clear window into understanding God's work in Christ. Jonathan Pennington provides a historical, theological, and literary commentary on the Sermon and explains how this text offers insight into God's plan for human flourishing.
The Sermon on the Mount, by Sinclair Ferguson (Video Series on Amazon Prime)
Description: In this 12-part series, Sinclair Ferguson teaches through the Sermon on the Mount and helps us understand their meaning for our lives today.
The Sermon on the Mount (The Story of God Bible Commentary, by Scot McKnight
Description: Emphasizing the historical distance between the New Testament and our contemporary culture, The Sermon on the Mount by Scot McKnight, part of the new The Story of God Bible Commentary series, offers helpful contextual insights for those seeking to discern how to live out the Bible in today’s world. Perfect for pastors, students, Sunday school teachers, and lay people alike, this highly anticipated series provides a clear and compelling exposition of the text in the context of the Bible’s overarching story.
Below are two documentaries available to rent or purchase on YouTube.
American Gospel: Christ Alone
Does Christianity mean Christ + the American dream? American Gospel examines how the prosperity gospel (the Word of Faith movement) has distorted the gospel message, and how this theology is being exported abroad. This feature-length film is the first in a series.
American Gospel: Christ Crucified
The gospel message of "Christ crucified" has always been offensive. In our culture it is common for preachers to soften the offense of the cross, and the attributes of God that are displayed in the person of work of Jesus Christ. "American Gospel: Christ Crucified" explores how the paths of post-modernism and progressive Christianity lead to a different gospel, and a god created in our own image.