Friday: Further Thought – Sermon on the Mount

Read Ellen G. White, “The Sermon on the Mount,” pp. 298-314, in The Desire of Ages and the book Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing (Book available online at In the parables of Matthew 13:44-46, the men found something of great value. Given the context, especially after Jesus told the third parable (Matt. 13:47-50), … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Receiving the Words of the Kingdom

fiery fire night

A mountaintop wasn’t the only place Jesus preached. He preached the same message of the kingdom all over Israel. Matthew 13 records Jesus teaching from a boat, “while all the people stood on the shore” (Matt. 13:2, NIV). Jesus then told the people parables intended to drive home the importance of not only hearing His … [Click to read more …]

The Sermon on the Mount – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

Key Thought: The sermon on the mount gives us the basic principles that govern God’s kingdom and a guide to our mindset and actions. The Sermon on the Mount April 9 – 15, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read Matthew 5:11-16. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: The Sermon of Jesus on the Mount

You can view an in-depth discussion of “The Sermon of Jesus on the Mount” in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Principles of the Kingdom

Forced to Go One Mile

Perhaps the most radical teaching of Jesus is found in Matthew 5:48. Read the text. How are we, especially as sinners, supposed to do that? Of all the teachings in the Sermon on the Mount, this has to be one of the most amazing, the most “extreme.” To be as perfect as “your Father in … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees

Altar of Sacrifice

Read Matthew 5:20. What does Jesus mean when He says that unless our righteousness “surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law” (NIV), we cannot enter the kingdom of heaven? Though salvation has always been by faith, and though Judaism, as it should have been practiced, was always a system of grace, … [Click to read more …]

The Sermon on the Mount – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

He taught with authority.  Were Jesus’ listeners amazed that He spoke with authority even before they knew He was Jesus Christ? In other words, was it “who He was” or “How He spoke” that first impressed them concerning Jesus?The “Sermon on the Mount” is fairly short, but it is “the most powerful sermon ever preached,” according to … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Sermon Versus the Law

Sermon on the Mount

Some Christians view the Sermon on the Mount as a new “law of Christ,” one that replaced the “Law of God.” They say that a system of legalism was now replaced with a system of grace, or that Jesus’ law differs from the Law of God itself. These views are misconceptions about the Sermon on … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Principles and Standards

Sermon on the Mount

Skim through the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7. Summarize on the lines below what stands out the most in your mind about it, about what it says to you. “Perhaps no other religious discourse in the history of humanity has attracted the attention which has been devoted to the Sermon on the Mount. … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: The Sermon on the Mount

Read for This Week’s Study: Matthew 5-7, Rom. 7:7, Gen. 15:6, Micah 6:6-8, Luke 6:36, Matt. 13:44-52, Rom. 8:5-10. Memory Text:“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” (Matthew 7:28-29, NIV). In the … [Click to read more …]