The following series is being preached while Tim is laboring in Manchester, England. This series considers Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 5-7 from the Sermon on the Mount.
The Question A Christian Should Never Ask
Jesus Christ came to inaugurate a Kingdom that consists of people who have been inwardly changed and made righteous.
Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit
Before we can properly understand the Sermon on the Mount we need to understand the first beatitude: poor in spirit.
Blessed Are Those Who Mourn
The Christian life is full of paradoxes; one, in particular, is that our lives are full of joy but also full of mourning.
Blessed Are the Meek
An essential characteristic of someone who wants to follow Jesus Christ and call themselves a Christian is meekness. When we think of meekness...
Blessed Are Those Who Hunger
When a person becomes a true Christian, they have been changed at the deepest level; in particular, they've been changed down to the level of their appetites and desires.
Blessed Are The Merciful
The Lord Jesus Christ taught that heaven will be inherited by people who are merciful. At the same time, we need to understand that Jesus' teaching...
Blessed Are The Pure In Heart
The religious leaders of Jesus' day were very clean on the outside but very dirty on the inside. Jesus calls His true disciples to have not just external righteousness...
Blessed Are The Peacemakers
If you were asked to describe what characterizes a Christian, would "peacemaker" be an item on the top of your list?
Blessed Are The Peacemakers (Part 2)
And we as Christians need to be on guard against this and combat it. In summary, we need to be peacemakers. Christians are peacemakers, not troublemakers.
Blessed Are The Persecuted
When someone becomes a Christian, God gives them a transformed life and makes them righteous. But when they're immersed in a world full of unrighteous people...
You Are The Salt of The Earth
But if we are to be salt, we must both be different from the world and yet still make contact with the world.
You Are The Light of The World
One of Jesus' well-known "I AM" statements was that He is the Light of the world (John 8:12). But we need to remember the amazing truth that by virtue of our union with Christ...
Let Your Light Shine
If you are a Christian, you are a person who is a light in a world full of darkness. And as much as the world hates it, you must not hide your light.
Christ, The Law and You
Jesus said that He didn't come to abolish the law, but rather to fulfill it. What does Jesus mean when He says that?
Are You More Righteous Than A Pharisee?
The Pharisees were the religious leaders in Jesus' day and they were looked up to as a standard of righteousness.
Murder in The Heart
Upon Jesus' discourse in the Sermon on the Mount, He begins to deal with further issues of the heart, the first being 'murder in the heart.'
Adultery In The Heart
Jesus compares this war on lust with someone cutting off their own limb or gouging out their own eye. We must deal drastically with sin...
Divorce and Remarriage
The Pharisees had a skewed view of marriage and divorce. They taught that you could divorce your wife...
Vows, Oaths, Swearing
Jesus Christ forbids us from swearing and taking oaths in the well-known Sermon on the Mount.
Christ’s Call to Die to Self
Christ gives us four examples that reveal our constant tendency to be watching out for ourselves and our self-interest.
Is There Anything Special About You?
Is there anything special about your love? Do you only love those who love you?
The Christian’s Life in Secret (Part 1): Giving
The Lord Jesus continues His discourse in Matthew 6 by addressing the Christian's secret life. A Christian is no more than what he is in secret.
The Christian’s Life in Secret (Part 2): When You Pray
Do you pray? And if so, how do you pray? In Matthew 6 Jesus gives us three categories of people and how they pray.
The Christian’s Secret Life (Part 3): How To Pray
Is the "Lord's Prayer" a mindless liturgy to you? Did Jesus mean when we pray, we must use these exact words?
The Christian’s Secret Life (Part 4): Forgiving Others
Out of all the prayer guidance Jesus gives in His sermon on the mount, there is only one topic that He goes back to: forgiveness.
Judge Not Lest You Be Judged
The hypocrisy of the Pharisees manifested itself in the way they judged others. They would often heap heavy judgments and criticisms on others when they themselves...
Our Lord’s Three Imperatives of Prayer: Ask, Seek, Knock!
The Lord Jesus Christ gives us three imperatives on prayer: ask, seek, and knock. What greater incentive to pray than to know that whatever we ask...
The Golden Rule
In Matthew 7:12 Jesus says, "So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets." This is often referred to as the golden rule, but what does it mean?