by Jerry Vines

Matthew 5:1-12
Jerry Vines

We are considering together the greatest sermon ever preached by the greatest
preacher who ever lived. I refer, of course to the Sermon on the Mount and I’m referring
to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Now, Jesus had an advantage over preachers such as myself because Jesus was
the Son of God. I am a Son of God. Jesus was come down from heaven. I have received
Jesus as my Savior, I’m going up to heaven. Jesus never had to study to find, to look or
to search for a text of Scripture.
I remember very well when I had my first church. I was called to preach at age
16. By the way, I was a Minister of Music before I was a pastor. I always tell these guys
that so they will know that I do know something about music. At age 18 I had my first
church. I started off with the First Baptist Church at Central Hatchee, Georgia. All of
you have probably spent a vacation there. If you haven’t you are planning one for this
I was an 18 year old boy, pastoring this church. I had four sermons to my name.
So, at the end of a month of Sundays, I had preached all my sermons—everything I had.
I distinctly remember on a Saturday night ( I was still unmarried, living at home), getting
in my bedroom with my Bible and the one book I had—George W. Truitt’s book, A
Quest for Souls. I remember getting my Bible out that Saturday night and I started
looking for a sermon. I started looking for a Scripture to preach on. If you have never
had that experience you haven’t lived. If you don’t have a Scripture to preach on and
you’re trying to find one—that is some more experience.
I started in the book of Genesis, looking for a verse where I could get at least one
sermon. I started flipping. I flipped all the way through Genesis. I didn’t find one. I
flipped all the way through Exodus. I went all the way through the historical books, all
the way through Psalms. I f ...

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