They were impressed with his sermon and reported back to the committee.The process continued and, eventually, this pastor was their choice.He concludes with unqualified toughness, warning us that his sermon is not an intellectual option, a set of suggestions we may take or leave, one philosophy of life among several others, but that it is the exclusive way to life," (, Vol. They are words to live by, words to put into practice.As we saw last week, the Sermon on the Mount is a way of life that is a narrow way.Someone achieving those kinds of resultsprophesying in Jesus name, casting out demons in Jesus name, performing many miracles in Jesus namewould be hailed as a giant among Christian ministers. Rather, Jesus disciples are called to more mundane, but more important tasks: obeying the commands of Scripture, getting rid of hurtful anger, living in sexual purity and marital fidelity, loving even our enemies. They had become overly impressed with the spectacular results of their ministryand probably the acclamation that came with itand had forgotten, or refused to live out the principles of the Sermon on the Mount. But they also hurled hurtful words of anger and judgment toward others, a violation of Jesus commands.They cast out demons in others, but submitted to the demons of impurity and infidelity in their own lives." Thats what Jesus is talking about as he comes to the conclusion of the Sermon on the Mount. Thats why I say, if forced to have only a few pages of the Bible in my possession, the Sermon on the Mount is what Id take. More than that, much more than that, it calls upon its hearers to live it.
For we have been both waiting for the birth of Jesus – and yet Jesus has already been born. For some, going to church on Christmas Eve is woven into the family tradition.
Surely youre not going to keep preaching the same sermon over and over again!
" To which the pastor replied, "Ill go on to the next sermon when you start doing what Im talking about in this one!
"and yet be rejected by Jesus, "Away from me, you evildoers! Hes interested in our living out the words of the Sermon on the Mount.
I never knew you." That ought to get our attention. Jesus narrowing of the field of discipleship doesnt stop there.