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Many brilliant people like Albert Einstein and Ben Franklin were enthralled by the person and teachings of Jesus Christ. Perhaps the most well known of Jesus’ teachings on the Kingdom of God is the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). Surprisingly, neither Jesus nor the Gospel writer Matthew actually came up with that title. Rather, the title aptly referred to as the Sermon of the Mount came from the writings of the great North African Theologian, St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430).

The Sermon on the Mount highlights the uniqueness of Kingdom of God above all other kingdoms of the world. All other kingdoms exercise their rule through money, power, manipulation, coercion and empty promises, By contrast, the upside down kingdom of God, elucidated in the Sermon on the Mount, is accomplished through the humiliation, suffering and sacrifice of Jesus for his subjects. Over against the conditional relationship that subjects have with moralistic regimes and religions, Christ’s teaching reveals   God’s gracious plan of salvation, purpose and meaning in life.

The great 20th Century Anglican author and theologian John R.W. Stott highlights the upside down nature of the Kingdom of God revealed in the sermon when he writes, “The followers of Jesus are to be different, different from both the nominal church and the secular world, different from both the religious and the irreligious. The Sermon on the Mount is the most complete delineation anywhere in the New Testament of the Christian counter-culture.  Here is a Christian value-system, ethical standard, religious devotion, attitude to money, ambition, lifestyle, and network of relationships–all of which are totally at the variance with those in the non-Christian world. And this Christian counter-culture is the life of the kingdom of God, a fully human life indeed but lived out under divine rule.”

If you are someone that is skeptical or curious about the teaching of Jesus or you are longing for purpose and meaning in your life, then join us on Sunday mornings at 10:30 AM as we unpack these grace-filled, counter-cultural teachings of Jesus found in the Sermon on the Mount.

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