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Sermon on the Mount (The Narrow and Wide Gates) - John Ortberg

Updated: Oct 10

Video from Crossings Community Church

Sermon on the Mount (The Narrow and Wide Gates) - John Ortberg

"Crossings Community Church Guest Pastor John Ortberg November 14, 2021' from video introduction

What is the Sermon on the Mount?

"The Sermon on the Mount is the sermon that Jesus gave in Matthew chapters 5-7. Matthew 5:1-2 is the reason it is known as the Sermon on the Mount: "Now when He saw the crowds, He went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to Him, and He began to teach them..." The Sermon on the Mount is the most famous sermon Jesus ever gave, perhaps the most famous sermon ever given by anyone.

The Sermon on the Mount covers several different topics. It is not the purpose of this article to comment on every section, but rather to give a brief summary of what it contains. If we were to summarize the Sermon on the Mount in a single sentence, it would be something like this: How to live a life that is dedicated to and pleasing to God, free from hypocrisy, full of love and grace, full of wisdom and discernment.

Matthew 5:3-12 - The Beatitudes

Matthew 5:13-16 - Salt and Light

Matthew 5:17-20 - Jesus fulfilled the Law

Matthew 5:21-26 - Anger and Murder

Matthew 5:27-30 - Lust and Adultery

Matthew 5:31-32 - Divorce and Remarriage

Matthew 5:33-37 - Oaths

Matthew 5:38-42 - Eye for an Eye

Matthew 5:43-48 - Love your enemies

Matthew 6:1-4 - Give to the Needy

Matthew 6:5-15 - How to Pray

Matthew 6:16-18 - How to Fast

Matthew 6:19-24 - Treasures in Heaven

Matthew 6:25-34 - Do not worry

Matthew 7:1-6 - Do not judge hypocritically

Matthew 7:7-12 - Ask, Seek, Knock

Matthew 7:13-14 - The Narrow Gate

Matthew 7:15-23 - False Prophets

Matthew 7:24-27 - The Wise Builder

Matthew 7:28-29 concludes the Sermon on the Mount with the following statement: "When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at His teaching, because He taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law." May we all continue to be amazed at His teaching and follow the principles that He taught in the Sermon on the Mount!" from the article: What is the Sermon on the Mount?


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