The Message of the Sermon on the Mount

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1985-01-01
  • Publisher: Ivp Academic

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"The followers of Jesus are to different," writes John Stott, "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 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 the divine rule."In this careful exposition of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, John R. W. Stott accurately expounds the biblical text and relates it to life today. Above all, the author says, he wants to let Christ speak this sermon again, this time to the modern world.

Table of Contents

General Preface
Author's preface
Chief Abbreviations
Introduction: what is this sermon? - 5:1-2
A Christian's character: the beatitiudes - 5:3-12
A Christian's influence: salt and light - 5:13-16
A Christian's righteousness: Christ, the Christian and the law - 5:17-20
A Christian's righteousness: avoiding anger and lust - 5:21-30
A Christian's righteousness: fidelity in marriage and honesty in speech - 5:31-37
A Christian's righteousness: Non-retaliation and active love - 5:38-48
A Christian's religion: not hypocritical but real - 6:1-6,16-18
A Christian's prayer: not mechanical but thoughtful - 6:7-15
A Christian's ambition: not material security but God's rule - 6:19-34
A Christian's relationships: to his brothers and his father - 7:1-12
A Christian's relationships: to false prophets - 7:13-20
A Christian's commitment: the radical choice - 7:21-27
Conclusion: who is this preacher? - 7:28,29
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