Sermon on the Mount #1


(Matthew 5:1-2)


This morning I want to begin a series of sermons, all based on the Sermon on the Mount.

  1. It is my belief that this sermon by Jesus is one of the most complete discourses on God’s will for man found in the Bible.
  2. It certainly isn’t the only information we must know, but it covers two very important areas:
  3. It shows the necessity of getting around the trappings of vain or false religion – and tells us the need to be what God wants us to be
  4. It shows the importance of forming the inner man versus wearing an external righteousness

The setting for the Sermon on the Mount

  1. Matthew 4:23-5:2
  2. Notice the atmosphere of the times in which this sermon was preached
  3. Jesus was conducting his ministry, preaching and performing many miracles
  4. A great multitude was following Him
  5. It seems that there was an air of excitement and anticipation on the part of those who went to hear Him preach
  6. It may be important to know that the people wanted hear Him

This morning I want to talk about some introductory matters, then on subsequent weeks we will study this sermon section by section

  1. Prepare to be challenged
  2. Prepare for a spotlight to shine on the inner man



  1. Matthew 5:1 says that Jesus went up on a mountain
  2. This was probably near Capernaum
    • 1) He settles in Capernaum (Mat. 4:13)
    • 2) He entered Capernaum (Mat. 8:15)
  3. The gospel accounts are not always chronological, but it does seem that Jesus was in the area Capernaum.

Tradition says that the mount that Jesus went up to was called the “Horns of Hattin”

  1. Located west of the Sea of Galilee
  2. The way that the peaks were located in that area made a natural amphitheater

The time was early in His ministry, when great crowds followed and prior to the time of organized opposition


  1. In Matthew 5:1 we learn that there were crowds of people that have been following Him – along with His disciples
  2. Matthew 7:28-29… they were astonished at His teaching
  3. Disciples are followers
  4. These were disciples in the general sense – listeners and learners
  5. Some, though, would later turn away, and others would follow for the rest of their lives


Jesus is sometimes called the “Master Teacher” – WHY? …

  1. He understood so well those He taught
  2. He always used the best method of teaching
  3. What He taught was always targeted to the greatest need

Consider the following verses…

  1. Luke 6:40… a student is not above his teacher – thus he is to be in a learning frame of mind
  2. 1 Corinthians 11:1
  3. 1 Peter 2:21

Consider the following things about Jesus’ teaching…

  1. Jesus taught God’s word and God’s law
    • John 4:34
    • Everything we teach and preach must be based on the same thing
    • We must never allow preaching and teaching to become nothing but our opinions and agenda
    • Thus, the Bible says… 1 Peter 4:11
  2. Jesus always considered the needs of His listeners
    • Jesus told the Samaritan woman about true worship (Jn. 4) … note especially John 4:24
    • Luke 18:22… Jesus challenges the rich young ruler with one thing that he lacked – the ability to give material possessions
    • In Matthew 23:1-12… Jesus challenged the scribes and Pharisees about their emphasis on external appearances instead of inner purity
    • Notice John 2:24-25
    • We need to strive to know one another so that we can tell people what the need to hear – which will not always be what they want to hear
  3. Jesus’ preaching and teaching was easy to understand
    • He spoke in familiar terms – broad and narrow gates, birds, flowers, lamps and building houses
    • His purpose was to communicate to people – not impress them
    • I once heard a man who preached a meeting and another preacher and I made lists of the number of words that he used that we didn’t understand the meaning of – where is the communication in this kind of sermon?
    • Would you understand a sermon on:
      • “Eschatology” or to preach about final things (the same subject)
      • “Parousia” or to preach on the coming of Christ (the same subject)
  4. Jesus harmonized His living with His preaching
    • When Jesus instructed the people, it was difficult to challenge Him because He practiced what He preached.
    • We often do just the opposite
      • We preach and teach that God and His church come first, then live in ways that show the opposite
      • We advocate love with our words but practice indifference, spite or prejudice
      • We advocate forgiveness, but practice holding grudges
      • We advocate generosity, but practice stinginess
    • Jesus was the model of consistency


The teaching of Jesus are hard and demanding

Do you think that the Sermon on the Mount is just fluff?

The Sermon on the Mount is deep and challenging

3. This Sermon on the Mount will make you see your need for God in a clear and compelling way

“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you when you have forgotten how it goes.”

About from the Preachers PC

Gospel Preacher for the Park Heights church of Christ in Hamilton, TX. I stand for and defend the truth of God's word. All other degrees and diplomas mean very little in comparison.
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