The Sermon on the Mount

Matthew 5:1-26

On-Line Correspondence Course Series: The Sermon on the Mount (1 of 3) - A Look into the Christian's Heart. Be sure to listen to our Bible Audio Lessons about the Sermon on the Mount.

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Introduction

  1. What is meant by "perfect" in Matthew 5:48?
  2. Throughout this sermon, did Christ focus more on inward perfection or outward perfection?
    Inward Outward
  3. Why do you suppose Christ did that?
  4. At what part of man does God look? (I Samuel 16:7)
  5. Who were the scribes and Pharisees?
  6. Define "hypocrite".

The Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12)

  1. What is implied by being "poor in spirit"? (Luke 18:10-14; James 4:6, 10)
  2. Give some Biblical examples of people who were "hungering and thirsting for righteousness."
  3. What is involved in being "pure in heart"?

The Similitudes (Matthew 5:13-16)

  1. To whom is Jesus referring when he says "you" are the salt of the world? (Matthew 5:1)
  2. What is meant by "the salt losing its flavor", and how can that be applied to disciples of Christ?
  3. Who is to receive the glory that comes from your good works? (Matthew 5:16)
  4. What are we to do to show the glory of God?

Jesus Fulfills the Old Law (Matthew 5:17-19)

  1. At what point would the old law pass away? (Matthew 5:18)
  2. Has this already happened? If so, when? (Hebrews 8:13)
  3. Therefore, are we still under the old law, or any part of it?
    YES  NO

Murder and Anger (Matthew 5:20-26)

  1. Why might Jesus have said repetitively "You have heard…" instead of "You have read…" or "It is written…"?
  2. What principle is Christ establishing when he says not to say to someone, "You fool"? Is there anything particularly wrong with that phrase?
  3. Why did Jesus tell them to seek reconciliation from their brothers before making a sacrifice?

Conclusions

  1. Why was Jesus not pleased with the scribes and the Pharisees?
  2. Does Phariseism still exist among religious people today? If so, in what way?
  3. How can we avoid the dangers of hypocrisy and Phariseism?
  4. Jesus knew by divine power that the hearts of the scribes and Pharisees were corrupt. How can we today recognize and guard ourselves against following after those who may be corrupt on the inside?

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