Bible scholars agree that the Sermon on the Mount is the greatest sermon ever preached. In His discourse about “kingdom living,” recorded in Matthew 5—7, Jesus presented to His disciples the way of righteous living for those who are in God’s family.
Since then, Christians have quoted, studied, and wrestled with this section of Scripture. Augustine called it “a perfect standard of the Christian life.” John Donne, English poet and cleric, stated that all sermons find their origin in the Sermon on the Mount. Even those outside the Christian faith, such as Mahatma Gandhi and Jewish scholar G. C. Montefiori, admired the sermon. Our study of the great sermons in the Bible this month will, of course, include the Sermon on the Mount: the do’s and don’ts of the kingdom, true righteousness, and the wisdom of God’s Law.
We’ll also look at many other discourses in the Bible, from Deuteronomy to Revelation. We’ll hear King David’s “preaching” from the Psalms and listen to Noah’s silent sermon, we’ll share in the insights of King Solomon, and we’ll marvel at the force of Jesus’ condemnation of scribes and Pharisees. We’ll learn about the unheard sermon from Hebrews, and learn from Joshua about the inadequacy of good intentions alone.
We pray this issue of Today in the Word will help you better understand the question in Micah 6:8: “What does the LORD require of you?” and help you live in God’s grace. Thank you for studying with us!