Tag Archives: Sermon on the Mount

The Imperfect Church and the Kingdom of Heaven

One of the tensions in any type of interpretation of scripture that embraces a communal perspective is the distance between the church or whatever type of community of faith the individual is a part of and the vision of community … Continue reading

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Matthew 7: 13-29 Choosing the Way of Christ

Matthew 7:13-29 Parallel Luke 13: 23-24, Luke 6: 43-46, 13: 25-27, Luke 6: 47-49, Mark 1: 21-22 13 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are … Continue reading

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Matthew 7: 7-12 Seeking God and Right Relationships

Matthew 7: 7-12 Parallels Luke 11: 9-13, Luke 6: 31 7 “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and everyone … Continue reading

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Matthew 7: 1-6 Nonjudgmental Righteousness

Matthew 7: 1-6 Parallels Mark 4: 24-25; Luke 6: 37-42 1 “Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. 2 For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the … Continue reading

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Matthew 6: 19-34 Wealth, Anxiety and Righteousness

Matthew 6: 19-34 Parallel Luke 12: 33-34, Luke 11: 34-36, Luke 16: 13, Luke 12: 22-32 19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but … Continue reading

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Matthew 6: 16-18 Exploring Fasting and Righteousness

Matthew 6: 16-18 16 “And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 17 But … Continue reading

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Matthew 6: 5-15 Exploring Prayer, Forgiveness and Righteousness

Matthew 6: 5-15 Parallels : Mark 11: 25-26, Luke 11: 1-4 5 “And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they … Continue reading

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