“Sermon on the Mount”
Led by Rev. Harry Brown
The Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5-7, has been referred to as the gospel in miniature. Matthew’s first and longest collection of Jesus’ teachings, it presents Jesus as Israel’s ultimate, God-authorized teacher and sternly warns readers that believing in Jesus means doing what he says. It anticipates the Great Commission, which charges us to go and make disciples of all nations, teaching them what Jesus commanded. Matthew regards Jesus as greater than Moses and wishes his readers to see the sermon as a definitive interpretation of the law delivered to Moses. Matthew does not present Jesus as a lawgiver. Jesus does not annul the Mosaic Law but rather gives the proper interpretation of it.