Learning Discipleship from the Words of Jesus
with Pastor Don Kimbro
The "Sermon on the Mount" (Matthew 5-7) is our text. It is the first and foremost teaching that Jesus gave to His first disciples. It is also the largest single block of instruction presented at any one time to His followers. It was and continues to be the starting point of training for all who have given their love, their lives and their hearts to Jesus by committing to follow His commands in obedience... It is the foundation on which to build an eternal relationship with the King of kings and Lord of lords, and to effectively become His fully devoted servant.
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Wise and Foolish Builders
In this last section of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount (and the final teaching in this series), He summarizes the prime importance of knowing and remembering that His teachings are the solid rock and foundation upon which our life in Him is founded.
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.”
When Jesus had finished these words, the crowds were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes. — Matthew 7:24-29
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In this part of Jesus' "Sermon on the Mount," He warns us to beware of the real danger of false prophets, and gives instruction on how to distinguish the false from the true.
“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits.” — Matthew 7:15-20
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In this section of His “Sermon on the Mount,” Jesus teaches us on the certainty and assurance of God’s response to faithful prayer. We examine parallel passages from the Old Testament, showing the eternal continuity of God’s care for those who love and follow Him.
"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened." — Matthew 7:7,8
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Judging and Hypocrisy
In this section of his "Sermon on the Mount," Jesus instructs us regarding judging others and avoiding hypocrisy.
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” — Matthew 7:1-6
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Possessions and Masters
In this section of Jesus' "Sermon on the Mount," He instructs us on the nature of worldly possessions and wealth versus heavenly wealth ("treasures in heaven"), and how we should rightly perceive our relationship with these earthly things, and our relationship with Him.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also...
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."
— Matthew 6:19-34
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Giving, Prayer, and Fasting
In this section of His “Sermon on the Mount,” Jesus commands us to always practice humility in our giving, prayer, and fasting — so that “your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.” He also gives us His model for prayer, in the "Our Father" prayer, and emphasizes the importance of forgiving others.
“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. . ." — Matthew 6:1ff
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Neighbors and Enemies
From Jesus' "Sermon on the Mount," we hear His teaching on loving our enemies. This teaching stems from what Jesus affirmed as the two greatest of God's commandments.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
— Matthew 5:43-48
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Oaths and Retaliation (Truthfulness and Forgiveness)
In this section of Jesus' teaching from the "Sermon on the Mount," we learn key principles of truthfulness and forgiveness for every follower of Christ.
“Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.’ But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne; nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.” — Matthew 5:33-42
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Adultery and Divorce
In this lesson from the "Sermon on the Mount," Jesus continues His appeal to the moral law from the Ten Commandments, and makes clear the seriousness of the sin of adultery and the prime importance of marital faithfulness, as well as the limitations on divorce. And from the book of Ephesians, we see how marriage is also shown as a type of the relationship between Jesus Christ and His church.
“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.
“Furthermore it has been said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery.” — Matthew 5:27-32
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Anger and Reconciliation
Pastor Don explores Jesus' teaching from the "Sermon on the Mount" on the poisonous nature of anger and resentment (root of bitterness), and His imperative command to be reconciled to one another.
“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” — Matthew 5:21-24
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Salt, Light, and the Law - Part 1
NOTE: This teaching video is in two segments. Please see also Part 2, below...
In Matthew 5:13-20, Jesus teaches His disciples how they must be "salt" and "light" in the world, and how God's "new covenant" with mankind as a result of His coming has not abolished God's original law of the old covenant. Rather, Jesus has satisfied once and for all the requirements of God's law by His perfect life and His sacrificial death. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
— Matthew 5:13-19
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Salt, Light, and the Law - Part 2
NOTE: This video is missing a bit of the middle section. You may download the study guide below for notes and scripture references.
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NOTE: Somehow the first minute or so of audio is missing. Fast forward a bit and there is audio. Apologies...
In His teaching known as the Beatitudes, Jesus expounds some very core truths and promises for those who would believe in and follow Him.
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,
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
“Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied..."
— Matthew 5:1-12
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The Path to Discipleship: The Great Commission
The final teaching by Jesus on discipleship was given in His "Great Commission." In this statement, Jesus establishes His absolute divine authority, and by this authority commands all who believe in Him to make disciples throughout the world. We must understand what exactly a "disciple" is in order to become true disciples who make disciples of others.
And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” — Matthew 28:18-20