SERMON: (Matthew 5: 1 – 12) An Upside Down World View by Rev
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“Then He opened His mouth and Taught Them, saying” - Matthew 5:2

When you read the entirety of Matthew, it is basically a teaching Gospel, that chronicles many of the teaching sessions of Jesus to His disciples. In the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew shows us Jesus giving up-close and personal instruction to His disciples on the kingdom principles they were to embody in their own lives and bear witness of to others. When we examine the Gospels Jesus’ earthly ministry included three primary elements. He was a Preacher, a Teacher and a Healer. But of this threefold ministry, Jesus was primarily a teacher. They called Him rabbi meaning teacher.
Enormous crowds were following Jesus, He was the talk of Galilee, and everyone wanted to see Him. The disciples who were the closest associates to Him were tempted to feel important, proud, and possessive. Reminding us we can at times get besides ourselves. Being with Jesus gave them a prestige they had not known, and it gave them an opportunity to receive money and power that would make them lose sight of their Christ-given ministry. Who among them were part of His in-crowd? Who His favorites were was a problem among the disciples even up until the time of His death.
Position, prestige, power, money, can cause the church to lose itself to its real mission. Which is to serve God’s people. So before speaking to the crowd, Jesus pulled His disciples aside and . . . GET THE FULL SERMON AT

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