by Dave Gustavsen

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Defining the Good Life (1 of 5)
Series: The Sermon on the Mount
Dave Gustavsen
Matthew 5:1-12

Open to Matthew chapter five. Let's begin by reading the whole passage-Matthew 5, verses one through twelve.

1 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them. He said:

3 ''Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 ''Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

That is the very beginning of The Sermon on the Mount, which goes from Matthew 5 all the way through Matthew seven. It's the first official sermon that Jesus ever gave. It's probably the most famous teaching of everything that Jesus taught. So even if you haven't read the Bible much at all, if you stick around for these next six weeks, you're going to hear things and you're going to say, ''I've heard that before!'' It's just been quoted a lot!

But that doesn't mean that people understand it!

Philip Yancey wrote about a friend of his who was an English professor down at Texas AandM University. And she gave her class an assignment where they had to read the Sermon on the Mount, and then write a short essay responding to it. And the teacher said that she had expected the ...

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