The Sermon on the Mount - Video Rent by Jen Wilkin includes 9 individual, rent sessions from the women's Bible study. What does it mean to be a citizen of the kingdom of Heaven? Matthew's gospel opens with three chapters containing Jesus' longest recorded message – a sermon given to His disciples early in His ministry to articulate what the life of a Christ-follower would look like. It was a message intended to turn upside down every expectation His closest followers might have. Both practical and profound, the sermon asks of us the same questions it posed to its original hearers: How should a disciple relate to sin? To others? To the Law? How does a disciple think, speak, and act? What is the nature of true righteousness? Seat yourself on a mountainside to learn at the feet of Jesus.
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- Session 1: The Kingdom of Heaven. Matthew 5:1-2. In this video session Jen introduces you to the Sermon on the Mount - some of the most familiar passages in all of Scripture. Most of us have only encountered the Sermon on the Mount in fragments - instead of as one cohesive, well-ordered message, intended to challenge us to think differently about what it means to be a follower of Jesus. (32:16)
- Session 2: Who is Blessed? Matthew 5:3-12. Jen dissects the eight short statements that form the opening to Jesus' longest recorded message - the Beatitudes. You will look at them with fresh eyes, asking yourself why, of all the ways Jesus could have begun His inaugural address to His disciples, He begins with a list of blesseds. (32:23)
- Session 3: A People of Influence. This session focuses on Matthew 5:13-20 where Jesus talks about the influence believers are to have on the world around them. He does so with two simple illustrations drawn from everyday life: salt and light. As spiritual salt, we prevent moral decay. And as spiritual light, we promote the growth of righteousness. (35:24)
- Session 4: "You Have Heard that it was Said?" Part 1. Matthew 5:21-30. Jesus turns His attention to the Law itself, beginning with murder and adultery and answering the question, What does the righteousness of a follower of Christ look like? You will be challenged to a deeper obedience to the Law, one in which both your actions and your motives are pure. (37:12)
- Session 5: "You Have Heard that it was Said?" Part 2. Matthew 5:31-48. Having examined the root sins behind murder and adultery, Jesus now turns His attention to three further areas of the Law that had been taught in harmful ways: divorce, oaths, and restitution. Is a divorced woman who remarries an adulteress? Is it a sin to swear an oath in a court of law or to say the Pledge of Allegiance? Should we allow our enemies to take advantage of us to our harm? (37:22)
- Session 6: Secret Righteousness. Matthew 6:1-18. In previous verses from the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus has focused on teaching "a deeper obedience to the don'ts" - don't murder, don't commit adultery, and so on. This week He begins teaching a deeper obedience to the "do's." The focus will shift from considering what it truly means to do the wrong thing to what it truly means to do the right thing. (32:37)
- Session 7: Where Your Treasure Is. Matthew 6:19-34. Jesus turns His attention earthward, challenging us to think differently about how we relate to the money, possessions, and other earthly treasures that consume our time and energy. Jesus intends to free us from the misconception that worry and anxiety are normal in the life of a disciple, and to gently direct us to a better way: trusting Him to supply perfectly the needs of His children. (28:38)
- Session 8: Do Unto Others. Matthew 7:1-12. You will consider the way you view the sin of others, as well as your own sin. While wworldly judgment seeks to condemn and reject, godly judgment seeks to heal and restore. You will learn that your Heavenly Father is a "much more" Father who does not deny His children their earnest requests for spiritual daily bread. And you will learn that the Golden Rule asks us to show love to others not merely as they deserve, but beyond what they deserve. It is a call to love preferentially as Christ loves us. (26:34)
- Session 9: A Foundation that Endures. In this session Jen focuses on the end of the Sermon on the Mount and how Jesus masterfully draws His sermon to its conclusion in Matthew 7:13-29. Jesus poses a series of contrasts that will challenge them to consider whether they resemble a citizen of heaven or a citizen of earth: two kinds of gate, two kinds of teachers, two kinds of servants, and two kinds of foundations. (33:01)