“The Sermon on the Mount” covered in the Gospel of Matthew, chapters 5-7, is one of the most comprehensive materials we have of Jesus’ teaching. I would encourage you to spend some real time reading and meditating on these three chapters.
Jesus covers the length and breadth of the child of God’s spiritual mindset and physical life here on earth until His return or His calling him home. These teachings of Jesus Christ are equally as relevant today as they where the day He spoke them to the listening crowd.
He begins by defining those blessed because of their godly attitude and actions. He then declares them to be salt and light in the world and the necessity of living righteous lives as His disciple in the world. Jesus then turns to personal relationships, giving to poor and prayer, fasting and the true treasure along with the cure for anxiety. He warns of judging others without first the proper consideration of self. Prayer requests and reiterating “the Golden Rule” was next on His agenda. Jesus closes His sermon by the characterizing the narrow and the broad gates along with the bearing of good fruit and bad.
Robert Thompson has been the senior pastor of Chapel Woods Presbyterian Church in Snellville since May 2003.