Tag Archives: Sermon on the Mount

I Am Willing

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Matthew 8:1-4—When he, Jesus, came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cured of his leprosy. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

He Taught with Authority

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Matthew 7:28-29—When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

Building on Rock, Building on Sand

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Matthew 7:24-27—Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man and who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, yet it did not fall because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.

I Never Knew You

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Matthew 7:21-23—Not everyone who says to me Lord! Lord! will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father, who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in you name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

Beware of False Prophets

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Matthew 7:15-20—Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do you people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

The Narrow, Difficult Path

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Matthew 7:13-14—Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter though it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few  find it.

Summing Up the Law and the Prophets

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Matthew 7:9-12—Which of you if his son asks for bread will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will you give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

Ask, Seek, Knock

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Matthew 7:7-8—Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be open to you, for everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

How to Use Your Gifts

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Matthew 7:6—Do not give dogs what is sacred. Do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet and then turn and tear you to pieces.

Blindness

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Matthew 7:3-5—Why do you look at the spec of saw dust in your brother’s eye and pay not attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother let me take a spec out of your eye when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.