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Weekly Playlist  |  January 1-7

Sermon on the Mount - Introduction

Introducing the Sermon on the Mount

Listen to the short passage of Scripture below and then watch some related resources. As you meditate on this passage, think about this question: How is God’s Kingdom coming to Earth, and who is experiencing it first?

Read – Matthew 5:3-16

Consider While Reading

The first hearers of these words were mostly low-status, powerless Israelites on the fringes of mainstream society.

Matthew 5:3-16

Kingdom Identity

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How good is life for the poor in spirit, because theirs is the kingdom of the skies.
How good is life for those who grieve, because they will be comforted.
How good is life for the unimportant, because they will inherit the land.
How good is life for those who hunger and thirst for right- relationships, because they will be satisfied.
How good is life for those who show mercy, because they will be shown mercy.
How good is life for the pure in heart, because they will see God.
How good is life for the peacemakers, because they will be called children of God.
How good is life for those who have been persecuted on account of doing what is right, because theirs is the kingdom of the skies.
How good is life for you when they insult you and persecute and speak any evil lies against you on account of me.
Celebrate and shout for joy. Because your reward is great in the skies, because this is how they persecuted the prophets before you.
You are the salt of the land.
But if the salt becomes unsalty, with what can it be made salty again?
It is useful for nothing, except to be thrown out and stepped on by humans.
You are the light of the world.
A city that is set up on a mountain is not able to be hidden.
And they don't light a candle and place it under a basket.
Rather, upon a candle stand, and it will shine on everyone in the house.
In the same way, let your light shine before people so that they can see your good works and they can give honor to your Father who is in the skies.

Reflect

What would it have felt like to be in the crowd and hear these words?

About This Translation
This reading uses a new translation from the BibleProject Scholar Team, which aims to bring fresh language to familiar words while using consistent English terms for Greek words used throughout this part of Scripture.

We'll be adding more translations here in the future, but in the meantime, you can find more translations now on the BibleProject app.
Watch – Sermon on the Mount, On Earth as It Is in Heaven

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”If you’ve ever heard of Jesus of Nazareth, you probably know he was a famous teacher. And his most well-known words have shaped the lives of billions of people throughout history. They come from a collection of Jesus’ teaching that’s sometimes called The Sermon on the Mount. It’s only three chapters long, but its ideas and images have endured throughout time.”

Watch – Visual Commentaries, Matthew 5-7: Three-Part Overview

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“The introduction (5:3-16) announces the surprising and counterintuitive identity of those who are a part of God’s Kingdom. Then comes the main body of teachings (5:17-7:12), where Jesus explains further what he means when he calls his followers to be ‘righteous.’ Finally, Jesus concludes the sermon (7:13-27) by calling people to make a choice about how they’re going to respond.”

Watch – Visual Commentaries, Matthew 5:3-16: Kingdom Identity

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“In the Hebrew Scriptures, salt is a symbol of God’s long-lasting covenant relationship with Israel. So Jesus is claiming that he and his followers are carrying Israel’s covenant relationship to its fulfillment.”

Listen – The People Jesus Is Teaching

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The People Jesus Is Teaching

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“So just imagine, you're Jesus and his people. You are living on your own ancestral lands, but you are now reduced to day laborer or just kind of scratching out a lower-class living in the land of your ancestors with Roman occupiers everywhere. And you're reminded by their presence, because there's tax booths taxing the fish you haul up out of the sea.”

Invite your friends and family to meditate on the teachings of Jesus together.
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