Introduction to the Sermon on the Mount

Introduction to the Sermon on the Mount Devotionals (Matthew 5–7)

Today we are making the transition to another new devotional series, this one based on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount as recorded in the book of Matthew. The Sermon on the Mount is the longest continuous section of Jesus speaking found in the New Testament. It includes the Beatitudes and the Lord’s Prayer, and for many believers expresses the main purposes of Christian discipleship.

Enormous crowds were following Jesus and everyone wanted to hear what he had to say. Jesus challenged people to live God’s way rather than conforming to what the world wanted and expected. Jesus made it clear that obeying God’s law is more important than knowing it. Throughout this series you will be encouraged to consider how you can live God’s way.

Since you will be reading the Sermon on the Mount over the course of many days, we’d like to recommend that you take time today to open up your Bible, or click on whatever device you use for your Bible reading, and read through the entire Sermon in one sitting as found in Matthew 5–7. Take a few extra moments and reflect upon about what this passage is saying to you.

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” —Matthew 5:13–16

  1. Stanley Jones once said, “The Sermon on the Mount seems dangerous. It challenges the whole underlying conception on which modern society is built. It would replace it by a new conception, animate it with a new motive, and turn it toward a new goal.”

Think about that!

  1. Humility (Matthew 5:1-3)
  2. Finding Comfort (Matthew 5:4-5)
  3. God’s Mercy  (Matthew 5:6-7)
  4. God’s Presence  (Matthew 5:8-9)
  5. Fix Your Eyes on Jesus  (Matthew 5:10-12)
  6. Making a Difference  (Matthew 5:13)
  7. Let Your Light Shine! (Matthew 5:14-16)
  8. Jesus Came to Fulfill the Law  (Matthew 5:17-18)
  9. Quite Simply … We Need a Savior!  (Matthew 5:19-20)
  10. What’s Really on Your Mind?  (Matthew 5:21-22)
  11. Offering Forgiveness  (Matthew 5:23-26)
  12. Take a Look at Your Motives  (Matthew 5:27-30)
  13. Marriage Is Designed By God  (Matthew 5:31-32)
  14. Watch Your Words! (Matthew 5:33-37)
  15. Learning to Forgive  (Matthew 5:38-42)
  16. Do I Really Have to Love My Neighbor?  (Matthew 5:43-48)
  17. Finding a Way to Give in Secret  (Matthew 6:1-4)
  18. Just a Simple Prayer  (Matthew 6:5-8)
  19. Take Time to Pray!  (Matthew 6:9-15)
  20. Have You Ever Tried the Spiritual Discipline of Fasting?  (Matthew 6:16-18)
  21. What Do You Treasure?  (Matthew 6:19-21)
  22. Stay Focused  (Matthew 6:22-23)
  23. Choices, Choices  (Matthew 6:24)
  24. Trusting In a Good God (Matthew 6:25-34)
  25. Mercy  (Matthew 7:1-5)
  26. Discernment  (Matthew 7:6)
  27. What Are You Looking For?  (Matthew 7:7-12)
  28. No Middle Ground  (Matthew 7:13-14)
  29. Test the Fruit!  (Matthew 7:15-20)
  30. Living for Jesus  (Matthew 7:21-23)
  31. The Right Foundation  (Matthew 7:24-27)
  32. Amazed!  (Matthew 7:28-29)