A Simple Great Message
Matthew 5:1-2, “When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying,”
Years ago, when I was just starting out as a pastor, serving First Baptist Church of Moline, we had a cowboy evangelist come and hold revival meetings. His name was Marty Brock and he was from Oklahoma. He was every inch a rodeo cowboy. He wore starched and pressed Wranglers and crisp shirts with a big shiny rodeo belt buckle. But Marty loved the Lord, His Word, and His people and he was a gifted preacher. One of the nights of the revival that week he simply stood up and recited, word for word, the Sermon on the Mount. Up to that point in my life and ministry, I hadn’t given the Sermon on the Mount much consideration, but I did after that night. Two things stood out to me: first, the fact that Marty had it memorized, and second, the straightforward simplicity of the Sermon. There are parts of Scripture that are deep mysteries, this is not one of them. The Lord is very clear in this message about what His expectations for us His children are.
It was Mark Twain who reportedly said one time, “It’s not the parts of the Bible that I don’t understand that I have a problem with, it’s the parts that I do understand.” I am of the belief that the church in America is at somewhat of a crossroads. I believe we are either headed down the destructive path of heresy, and in many churches, we are already there, or we are entering an age where God is going to use His church to draw sinners to salvation in a might movement of the Lord. But the only way the latter is going to happen is if the church and its people quite trying so hard to be like the world, but instead commit to following the principles that our Lord outlines here.
In the Sermon on the Mount our Lord lays out exactly what He expects His church to look like, and it doesn’t look at all like the world. Over the next few months here at Sovereign Grace Community Church of the Yampa Valley we are going to be taking a deeper look at this, the greatest sermon ever preached as we desire to impact our community. And by “impact” I mean being used by the Lord to draw sinners to Him. One of the big reasons that the Sermon on the Mount is so important is because it is an evangelistic sermon. If we live our lives by the principles of the Sermon we will stand out in the crowd that is the world.
We will first begin by looking at what it means to truly be blessed, which is a Biblical word for happy. To truly be happy one must first be a child of God. The happiness that the world offers is always, always fleeting. The happiness that the Lord Jesus Christ offers is not dependent on our circumstances. My prayer as we work our way through this is that you will be both encouraged and challenged to live a life worthy of the King of kings and the Lord of lords.