Sermon On The Mount

"The State & Character of the Child of God"- The Beatitudes are a collection of eight characteristics (qualities of life) that separate children of God from the rest of the world (Matt 5:3–12). These eight beatitudes describe the blessed state of those who humbly submit themselves to the will of God. In this study we will examine the first four - Matthew 5:3-6! - March 25, 2012 & April 1, 2012 -Part One MP3/Part Two MP3/PPT/KEYNOTEPART 1/KEYNOTE PART 2/PDF

"The Influence of the Kingdom Citizen"- "You are the salt of the earth . . . You are the light of the world" - Metaphors describing the influence of the true kingdom citizen in this wicked world. -April 8. 2012 -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF

"Jesus & The Law"- Jesus came to fulfill, not to cause the Law to fail. Since Jesus accomplished His mission and fulfilled the Law, no part of it is presently in effect. We are under the Law of Christ today and we must respect and observe it in its totality. - Mat 5:17-20 - April 15, 2012 -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF

"Murder, Anger & Hatred"- True righteousness extends beyond the "letter of the Law." - Matthew 5:21-26 - April 22, 2012 -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF

"Avoiding Adultery"- Jesus strikes at the heart of the problem - He tracks the sin of adultery to its lair. This sin, (and every sin), is extremely serious, and we should take radical steps to avoid sin in our life! - Mat 5:27-30 - April 29, 2012 -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF

"Divorce - The Problem, Consequences, Causes & Solution"- Jesus continues His discussion of marriage and the principle of love by addressing a grievous violation of love - the matter of "divorce." Jesus points out that divorce, (except for the cause of fornication), is a loveless, dishonorable and destructive act - thus sinful. -(Mat 5:31-32) - May 6, 2012 -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF

"Making Oaths or Honesty & Integrity?"- Jesus continues to emphasize the righteousness demanded of citizens in His kingdom by demanding complete honesty. The Lord is stresses the essential truth that every word we utter is “before God” and subject to divine judgment. A simple “yes” or “no” puts men under no less obligation to tell the truth and honor their promises than the most stringent oath. Matthew 5:33-37; May 13, 2012 -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF

"Revenge & Personal Retribution"- Jesus continues to emphasize the righteousness demanded of citizens in His kingdom by demanding doing what’s right even when others treat us wrong. (Matthew 5:38-42) - May 20, 2012 -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF

"Loving Your Enemies"- Jesus continues to emphasize the righteousness demanded of citizens in His kingdom by demanding we bless, do good, and pray for our enemies. (Matthew 5:43-48) - May 27, 2012 -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF

"Two Great Threats To Our Right Standing With God"- True righteousness & piety rest not upon our relationship with people and things - but our relationship with God! - True righteousness & piety reaches to heart depth! Jesus strikes at the heart of hypocrisy - pride & worldliness -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF

"Charitable Deeds" - Pride Corrupts Acts of Love- The teaching of Jesus ASSUMES that His disciples would engage in "charitable deeds," and in this section He has directed His words to the spirit and manner of such deeds - Matthew 6:1-4 - August 5, 2012 -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF

The Godward Life & Prayer -“Pride Corrupts Acts of Worship”- The issue is not who sees our acts of devotion or where our acts of devotion occurs - but the motive for our acts of devotion -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF

The Godward Life & Prayer-“Jesus Teaches His Disciples How To Pray”- Jesus sets forth principles for acceptable prayer -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF

"The Godward Life & Fasting"-“Directing our hearts fully toward God”-MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- We need to humble ourselves & wholly devote ourselves to God & His work. How seriously do we take our standing before God & our service to Him?

"Where Is Your Heart, Focus & Loyalty?"-Wherever your TREASURE REALLY is! -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- Are the things you treasure most material & temporary or spiritual & eternal? What do you deem most valuable? Where are your goals and desires centered? Where do your loyalties really lie?

“The Worldliness of Worry”- Materialistic Priorities Results In Anxiety – -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- What will become of the material things we LOVE? To spend life focussed on material things is to waste life and will be regretted at some point! A divided heart produces doubt, guilt & anxiety – 9/2/2012

“Judgment Without Mercy” -Text actually instructs us to make wise discernments! – We MUST Look Out For Logs – Dogs - Hogs –& Wolves!-MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- Jesus is not condemning judging between right and wrong, or between righteous men and wicked men - but He is condemning the hypercritical, hypocritical disease of the soul that constantly finds fault with what others say and do. It is the attitude of the critic who “arrogantly assumes a superiority that entitles him or her to assess the failings of others,”– 9/9/2012

"Asking, Seeking & Knocking"-MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- “True Righteousness & Heavenly Blessings Are Obtainable By All True Seekers!”

"The Challenge To Choose"-MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- There have always been but two choices - Life or Death! Truth or Lies! God or Satan! Straight or Wide, Difficult or Easy! We will choose one or the other! Which will you choose? - 9/23/2012

"The Danger of False Teachers"-MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- The danger is as REAL today has it was then - How serious is false teaching? How can we recognize false teachers? 9/30/2012

"Who Will Enter The Kingdom of God?"- It's NOT just what you say, but also what you do - ONLY those who do the will of the Father will be saved! -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 10/14/2012

"Building A Life That Will Last"- It's NOT just what you hear, but also what you do - To endure through this life and in the face of the final judgment - one MUST obey the words of Jesus! -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 10/21/2012

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