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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Matthew 6: 1-4 Exploring Righteousness and Justice

Matthew 6: 1-4 highlighted words translation will have comment below on translation 1 “Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 “So … Continue reading

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Matthew 5: 33-47 A Community of Truthful Speech, Non-Violence and Love

Matthew 5: 33-47 Parallel Luke 6: 27-36 Highlighted words will have comment on translation below 33 “Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you … Continue reading

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Matthew 5: 21-32 Law and Relationships in the Kingdom

Matthew 5: 21-32 Parallel Mark 9: 43-48; 10: 11-12; Luke 12: 57-59; 16:18 Highlighted words will have comment on translation below 21 “You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever … Continue reading

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