Sermon on the Mount Roundup

This past Sunday I finished preaching through the Sermon on the Mount.  It was by far one of my favorite series I have done.  Teaching and preparing for this series was a great challenge but also a great joy.  It was convicting yet encouraging all at the same time.  Within this sermon series not only was I amazed at the message of the sermon on the mount, I was even more amazed at the messenger.  Jesus is the great teacher and preacher, but he is also my savior and my God.

Below is the links to the audio files at foresthillsbaptist.org.  I preached every sermon except the one on the Lord's Prayer which was preached by Chris Dunn.  The audio file from this past Sunday was corrupted, and as a result we do not have that audio file available.

I pray these messages will be used for your spiritual growth.  Feel free to share with others.  In addition, you can subscribe to the Forest Hills Baptist Church audio podcast in iTunes.

To say goodbye to this Sermon on the Mount is bitter sweet.  I will miss it, but I'm excited to start preaching through Jonah in September!

Sermon on the Mount Sermons

Sermon on the Mount: The Beatitudes Part 1

The Sermon on the Mount: The Beatitudes Part 2

The Sermon on the Mount: “Salt and Light”

The Sermon on the Mount: “Christ Fulfills the Law"

The Sermon on the Mount: “Anger”

Sermon on the Mount: “Lust”

Sermon on the Mount: Divorce

The Sermon on the Mount: Oaths

The Sermon on the Mount: Retaliation

The Sermon on the Mount: Love Your Enemies

The Sermon on the Mount: Religious Hypocrisy

The Sermon on the Mount: The Lords Prayer

The Sermon on the Mount: Treasure

The Sermon on the Mount: Trust

The Sermon on the Mount: Judging

The Sermon on the Mount: Persistence and the Golden Rule

The Sermon on the Mount: Two Gates

The Sermon on the Mount: I Never Knew You

The Sermon on the Mount: The Two Foundations

The Sermon on the Mount: Jesus' Authority

The Most Discouraging and Encouraging Sermon Ever

We at Forest Hills Baptist Church have been journeying together through the Sermon on the Mount. The journey has been glorious so far, but difficult.  The demands of the kingdom are steep. Martyn-Lloyd Jones has preached through the Sermon on the Mount and has been my companion as I have read through his sermons on the text to glean understanding, insight, and application. He writes this about the sermon on the mount:

Have we not felt that as we have been working our way through this Sermon? Is there anything known to us that is more discouraging than the Sermon on the Mount? Take these passages from verse 17 to the end of this fifth chapter – these detailed illustrations given by our Lord as to how we are to live. Commandments, the ordinary moral standards of decency, are difficult enough; but look at these statements about not even looking with lys, about going the second mile and throwing in the cloak together with the coat, and so on. There is nothing more discouraging than the Sermon on the Mount; it seems to throw us right out, and to damn our every effort before we have started. It seems utterly impossible. But at the same time do we know of anything more encouraging than the Sermon on the Mount? Do we know of anything that pays us a greater compliment? The very fact that we are commanded to do these things carries with it an implicit assertion that it is possible. This is what we are supposed to be doing; and there is a suggestion, therefore, that this is what we can do. It is discouraging and encouraging at the same time.

Lloyd-Jones would want me to be sure to remind you that the only hope we have for doing these things in the sermon on the mount is through the supernatural rebirth.  The natural man is unable to love his enemy or turn the other check. Yet, for Christians although the Sermon on the Mount condemns us it provides us with a encouraging reminder that through the power of God's Spirit we can do these things through God's grace. Jesus is not giving us commands in these passages that we are unable to obey. Jesus not only gives his followers commands but the power to obey them. He is the one who gives us new hearts with new desires and affections. He is the one who empowers us to obey not only the letter of the Law but its Spirit.

If we are to understand this sermon rightly, we must read it in the tension of discouragement and encouragement. The sermon condemns us and yet reminds us of the empowering, transforming grace of God. The sermon brings the poor in Spirit to a posture of mourning, but they will be comforted and they will be filled with the righteousness of Christ.

If interested you can check out my sermon audio through the Sermon on the Mount here. Plus you can subscribe to the Forest Hills Baptist Church Audio Podcast in iTunes.