The Sermon on The Mount – Part One


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Matthew 5:1-48

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Let’s begin with Matthew’s opening statement, “When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain and sat down. His disciples came to Him, and He began to teach them, saying…”

Jesus sees the crowds and goes up the mountain; sitting down with His Disciples, he begins to teach them. Said differently, he was addressing His disciples – the instruction was for them only.

He began to explain to them the characteristics of being a disciple of His, expounding the Beatitudes, the Salt and light of and in the world. These are the founding pillars of one who aspires to live a higher life on this earth.

He moves on to explain, he was not in any way suggesting they abandon the Mosaic Law, but rather to fulfill it, through their higher living example.

Jesus unveils the importance of relationships with their fellow humans; the effects and significance of this relationship, especially making right with others before it is too late.

He speaks about the sanctity of their marriage relationship revealing an aspect that few would realize and where the Law was not specific. In addition to this Jesus elaborates on the issue of divorce, when and when not, it is permissible.

Jesus now demonstrates the futility of making vows and states that their yes’s or no’s must mean just that, and nothing else is required.

He expands on the law of loving one’s neighbor, pointing out that loving those that love you is something everyone does, but the one who loves their enemy, this is the quality of a person who aspires to higher living. The person who is a child of God.  

The final statement Jesus makes in this chapter is, “Be perfect even as your heavenly Father is perfect.” The Greek root word for perfect is ‘Teleios’ meaning ‘mature.’ Another view might be when using the English word perfect, that God is perfect and therefore the standard to follow, is not what the world considers perfect, but that which God sets. The choice is yours.

Because the Holy Spirit has been placed within us, unlike the ancients, we no longer follow a God that is outside us, but rather our God that is inside us.

We glean from this chapter in Matthew 5, that Jesus, in preparing His Disciples for their future life on Earth, established a standard by which they (and us) should all live, that others may see God in us.

Until next Sunday then.

Blessings

Peter.

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The Sermon on the Mount


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Matthew 5:1–48 – Introduction

I would like very much to share some thoughts I have on one of the (I feel) most powerful sermons I have ever read in all of my involvement with the scriptures in the bible.

After eighteen years of missionary work and specifically bible teaching I was left wondering if any of us could ‘teach’ others the meaning of scriptures without those being taught referring to God. I recall in those days saying to my disciples that they should not attempt to ‘study the bible, but rather to just read it. And if they came across any pieces that stood out, they should meditate on these and let them be fused into their hearts and God would reveal the interpretation of the scriptures to them.

To all those I ever taught, I would say, “Do not blindly accept my teaching, but go to God and ask Him.”

My reasoning in teaching this approach was to draw people into the discipline of seeking to receive their interpretations directly from God in addition to those of their teachers. In Mark 4 it was said that Jesus taught in parables and His disciples asked Him why He did this, as they did not understand the meaning of the parables. Later, alone with His disciples, he explained the meaning of those parables.

I learned from those days that I did not have all the answers (although, at the time I believed I did.) It was later, in the course of my life that I realized that there was much more for me to learn; and I don’t think any human will ever have all the answers, not on this Earth in any event.

These days I am touched more about the life and power of Jesus on this earth than anything else in the Bible. This is because, in Matthew 10, Jesus is taking His disciples through the process of preparing for their initial walk-about. It is in this walk-about that they discover first-hand, the teaching of Jesus in a practical way. It is also interesting that Jesus was not actually teaching the crowds, as a whole, but just His disciples. One thought I have on this is, His disciples had already had their spiritual eyes and ears opened and this meant they could receive what Jesus taught them. Whereas the crowds had to wait until Jesus ascended to His Father and His Spirit came down on earth.

I would love to take you on a walk with me through the scriptures; from Matthew chapter 5 to 7 inclusive, and will share my thoughts with you over three Sunday sessions beginning from Sunday 18th July. If you would like to join me, you would be so welcome. It would really help if you read through these chapters first before joining me.

Until next Sunday then.

Blessings

Peter.

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Mission Malawi – Chapter Six


Publisher’s Note:
I was unable to download original pictures from the Malawi collection, for technical reasons and hope to have this sorted by the next issue. Thank you for bearing with us in this challenge.

The instances of ministry are too numerous to mention during this time of the restaurant. I was able to minister daily to the people who were working in the business as well as the customers. Many refugees from Somalia, Mozambique and Rwanda came to eat and received spiritual food as well. Some were healed of sicknesses as we prayed for them during our time of work.

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