Over the next few months we will be preaching from Matthew 5-7. This passage of scripture is often referred to as the “Sermon on the Mount.” Each week we will be providing you some quick thoughts and some weekly reading passages. We invite you to not only join us in worship and teaching on Sunday mornings but as Colossians 3:16 says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”
One of the key themes throughout the book of Matthew is the Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of Heaven. These two phrases refer to the same thing, the rule or reign of God. We live in a paradox of the kingdom which leaves us in this place of His Kingdom already being established, but not yet ultimately fulfilled. Throughout the book of Matthew you will find Jesus teaching about what the Kingdom of God is like. He is showing us what life looks like lived under the rule and reign of God. Along with reading the Sermon on the Mount in chapters 5-7 we can also turn to chapter 13 as Jesus uses parables to teach us about His Kingdom.
The Sermon on the Mount sets before us the way of Jesus. He shows us what he longs for our lives to be. As you read, study, and meditate on these chapters, note how attractive the qualities are that He calls us too: they stand out, they set someone apart, and they show a different way than the world. The way of Jesus is a better way, one that frees us to love God and others despite our pasts, our pains, and our problems.