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Gospel of Matthew – Breaking the Status Quo: An Introduction to the Sermon on the Mount

This week’s sermon is a continuation of our study of the gospel of Matthew, but since it is a Fifth Sunday Topical, providentially, we have a topical sermon. In this message, we will introduce the Sermon on the Mount. The message is entitled “Breaking the Status Quo: An Introduction to the Sermon on the Mount” and is launching from Matthew 5:1-2. We will dive into man’s search for fulfillment and meaning. We will lean heavily on the testimony of modern history, drawing illustrations from some of the 20th century’s most notorious conflicts, to demonstrate the deadly consequences of man seeking meaning in ideas bereft of God’s Word. But if history teaches us our deep deficiencies, Jesus teaches us the only fulfilling answers. Mankind seeks a counter-culture because he is disillusioned with the way things are, yet none seem to work out. In the famous words of U2’s Bono, “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.” Yet there, on a hill in remote Galilee, the Creator Himself opened His mouth and taught them, delivering a counter cultural manifesto that even many Christians cannot believe is for today. 

Public reading: Psalm 124; Benediction: Psalm 4:6b

Matthew 5:1-2

5:1 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.

And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: (ESV)

Psalm 124

124:1 If it had not been the Lord who was on our side—
let Israel now say—
if it had not been the Lord who was on our side
when people rose up against us,
then they would have swallowed us up alive,
when their anger was kindled against us;
then the flood would have swept us away,
the torrent would have gone over us;
then over us would have gone
the raging waters.

Blessed be the Lord,
who has not given us
as prey to their teeth!
We have escaped like a bird
from the snare of the fowlers;
the snare is broken,
and we have escaped!

Our help is in the name of the Lord,
who made heaven and earth. (ESV)

Psalm 4:6

There are many who say, “Who will show us some good?
Lift up the light of your face upon us, O Lord!” (ESV)