Tag Archives: sermon on the mount matthew

  1. The magi’s star, and us (Matt. 2.1-23) [sermon 1-6-19]

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    January 9, 2019 by jmar198013

    Long ago, God placed a star to shine in the sky, to lead strangers to Christ. Now God has placed the church in the world, to shine and lead other people to Christ.

  2. The Beatitudes: the world turned right-side up


    November 12, 2014 by jmar198013

    The text of a sermon I preached at Cordova Church of Christ Sunday, November 2, 2014. To encourage the church to receive the Beatitudes as gifts rather than commands or recommendations.

  3. The Sermon on the Mount as a modest proposal

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    February 16, 2014 by jmar198013

    What if the point of the Sermon on the Mount is simply to create a peaceful people?

  4. Matt. 26.52-54: a teaching moment

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    February 11, 2014 by jmar198013

    Matt. 26.52-54 is Jesus’ embodied interpretation of his own preaching from Matt. 5.38ff. Jesus only preached what he practiced. The question for the church is, will we preach and practice what Jesus did?

  5. Sick-eyed people hoarding their loot: Matt. 6.19-23

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    July 10, 2013 by jmar198013

    How do you store up treasures in heaven, and how is your eye a lamp?

  6. On loving enemies: Matt. 5.38-48

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    June 19, 2013 by jmar198013

    Matthew wraps up the first movement of the Sermon on the Mount by having Jesus say, “Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matt. 5.48). Many suggest that he set the bar too high. Did he? In this painfully dry section from my 2007 master’s thesis, I do textual analysis, play with the Old Testament, give a shout out to cranky Essenes, and tell John Piper why he’s wrong to make two points. First, Jesus tells us how to be perfect, and it’s doable (5.44). Second, he tells us we can’t be perfect on our own–we have to do it with others.



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