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Sermon on Christian Living | Matthew 5:1-2

1 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. 2 And He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying,

Matthew 5:1-2 (NASB)

First mass teaching

Jesus is baptized, recognized, and has some disciples. He’s started teaching, proclaiming and healing. Now for His (probably) most famous sermon, the “Sermon on the Mount”. I’d call it the Sermon on Christian living. It spans the next three chapters of Matthew. It’s solid teaching, no miracles or even parables.

Who came to hear? His disciples. Just the four He recently called? Or did He have all 12 by now? “The word disciples means learners; those who are taught. Here it is put for those who attended [..] the ministry of Jesus, and does not imply that they were all Christians.” (Barnes’ commentary)

Sermon on Christian Living

This teaching was very practical and He taught in such a way the common folk (Jews) would understand but challenging enough they’d need to think hard about how it related to them. In it, He gives practical instructions with proper interpretation of OT laws showing how to live life as a believer of Christ. In many cases it is the opposite of what the religious leaders had mis-applied and / or what the culture would teach.

He’ll start (tomorrow) with The Beatitudes. Some call them the be-attitudes, i.e., the attitudes we should live out. Chinese call them the 8 blessings since each starts with “blessed are” (though there are actually 9).

Overview of the Sermon

A favorite preacher of mine, Chuck Smith, provides this overview of the Sermon. “The first section contains the Beatitudes, Matthew 5:3-16. The Beatitudes place the emphasis on what we are as opposed to what we do. Matthew 5:17-48 deals with the relationship of Jesus Christ to the law. Matthew 6 deals with our relationship with God, and Matthew 7 deals with our relationship with man.” (blueletterbible.org) Here is a link to another site with a more in depth overview.


  • What are your favorite or most memorable parts of the Sermon? Jot down a comment. For me, it’s Matthew 5:16 which is kind of a purpose statement for my life.
Sermon on the mount painting. Image from wikiwand.com *

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