“When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” -Matthew 5:1
When you think of a “sermon” what comes to mind? When you think of Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount” what comes to mind?
So often we can forget that Jesus was Jewish. When you think of Jesus, what kind of person comes to mind? Is your image helpful? Not helpful?
Although Jesus interacted with a wide variety of men and women who were Samaritans, Greeks, and Romans, his disciples and primary audience was Jewish. Why do you think that is important to know?
When you hear “Sermon on the Mount” are there any particular things Jesus said that immediately come to mind? Are there any aspects of that you’ve considered strange or had questions about?
Homework: Read Matthew 5:1-15