StoneBridge Community Church
All This Took Place #2: The Sermon on the Mount
Pastor Jeff Cheadle
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  • StoneBridge Campus
    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:30 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:30 AM
  • Growth Groups
    Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley, CA 93065, USA
    Sunday 12:00 PM

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The Sea of Galilee from the Mount of Beatitudes. Photo by Jim Jeffrey.

The Sermon on the Mount

Phil Logan, "The Sermon on the Mount," Holman Bible Dictionary, Trent C. Cutler, Editor (Broadman & Holman, 1991).

Commentary on Chapter 5

Bib Utley, "Chapter 5" From the series Matthew: The First Christian Primer.

The Gospel of Matthew is arranged like an In 'N Out Burger 5x4. #secretmenu

The Beatitudes

Allan Ross, "The Beatitudes (Matthew 5.1-12)
1. Jesus gives…
1. Jesus gives hope to and blesses those who know their need.
For reflection/discussion
For reflection/discussion: (1) In what ways are the words of Jesus in the Beatitudes counter-cultural and even counter-intuitive? If you had never heard the Beatitudes and were asked to come up with a list of people who were blessed, who would be on the list? In what ways would your list align with and depart from Jesus' list? (2) How do the Beatitudes address the deepest needs of people who are struggling and give hope to the hopeless? (3) What does it mean to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world? What consequences result when followers of Jesus "lose their saltiness" or refuse to "let their light so shine"?

"Unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees… you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven…"

Who Were the Pharisees?

Clayton Harrop, "Jewish Parties in the New Testament" Holman Bible Dictionary, Trent C. Cutler, Editor (Broadman & Holman, 1991).

The Fatal Failures of Religion: Legalism

Bob Deffinbaugh, "The Fatal Failures of Religion: #2 Legalism (Matthew 5:17-48)"
2. Jesus clarifies…
2. Jesus clarifies that true righteousness comes from the heart.

The Antitheses of Matthew 5:21-48

"The Antitheses of Matthew 5:21-48" Holy Huddle, University of Rochester, April 20,2012. Brief overview with good discussion questions.
For reflection/discussion
For reflection/discussion: What are your thoughts or reactions to Jesus' clarifying the meaning of true righteousness? Which of the six antitheses trouble you the most? Why? Consult a good study bible like the RSV Study Bible or NIV Study Bible to explore whether knowing more about the background of Jesus' teaching might address some of your questions.
3. Seek your…
3. Seek your security, approval, and reward from God, not from people or possessions.

Commentary on Matthew 6

Bob Utley, "Matthew 6" From the series The First Christian Primer,

James Tissot – The Lord's Prayer (Le Pater Noster). Created between 1886 and 1894. Brooklyn Museum.

The Lord's Prayer as a Paradigm of Christian Prayer

N.T. Wright, "The Lord's Prayer as a Paradigm of Christian Prayer" Originally published in Into God’s Presence: Prayer in the New Testament, ed. R.L. Longenecker. 2001, Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 132-54.
For reflection/discussion
For reflection/discussion: (1) In what ways are Christians today tempted to practice our righteousness in front of others? How can we be the salt of the earth and light of the world without drawing attention to ourselves? (2) In introducing the Lord's Prayer, Jesus says that this is how we should pray, not what we should pray. How can the Lord's Prayer serve as a pattern for personal prayer? How does having a prayer that believers pray together allow us to experience unity as Christians? Does repeating the words of the Lord's Prayer violate Jesus' instruction in Matthew 6.7-8. (3) What do you most worry about, and why? Is it helpful? What are the theological implications of worry?

Commentary on Matthew 7

Bob Utley, "Matthew 7" From the series The First Christian Primer: Matthew,

Lord, Save Me From Your Followers!

Keith Krell, "Lord, Save Me From Your Followers! (Matthew 7:1–12)"
4. Our response to Jesus…
4. Our response to Jesus has immediate, long-term, and eternal consequences.
For reflection/discussion
For reflection/discussion: (1) Why is Matthew 7.1 so well-known by both believers and unbelievers? What is your response to Paul Washer's comment, "People tell me not to judge, lest ye be judged. I always tell them, 'Twist not scripture lest ye be like Satan.'" How do the following verses clarify Jesus' meaning? Why is it easier to see others' faults than to see our own? (2) How does Christlike heart change happen? Discuss then look at Matthew 7.7-8. (3) What are you building your life on? Is it rock solid? Or could it be taken away by a storm of some sort? How can you build your life on something rock solid that will never disappoint you?

Sermon on the Mount One-Week Devotional Commentary

David Colburn offers excellent commentary, items for reflection, and practical application that allows you to think about and apply the Sermon on the Mount over the next seven days. Another great Next Step.

Growth Group Resources

On this StoneBridge web page, you'll find resources to help you in your group or individual study of Matthew's Gospel.  These resources include (1) a Growth Group Study Guide, (2) two excellent introductory videos from The Bible Project, (3) links to free online Bible commentaries and study materials, and (4) the complete Visual Bible: Gospel of Matthew movie featuring Bruce Marchiano's winsome portrayal of Jesus.

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