1 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.
2 And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
3 ”Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
7 Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (ESV)
Why is it important to study the Sermon on the Mount in these days?
A. It is the greatest sermon ever preached by the greatest Preacher who ever lived – the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.
B. It touched many lives and inspired many preachers.
Theme – the righteousness of the kingdom of heaven.
What is the content of the sermon?
1. The citizens of the kingdom – their character and blessedness.
2. The citizens’ relation to the world – their righteousness.
3. The citizens’ relation to mankind.
4. Exhortation to enter the kingdom – a narrow and difficult way.
a. The beginning of the way.
b. The progress on the way.
c. The end of the way.
Our King gave us the Magna Carta of His kingdom.
We must measure our lives against it.