What an amazing thing it is that God is still calling people to be disciples of Jesus!
Disciples of Jesus intentionally adopt a posture in which they can learn from Jesus. And the learning, for a “being-transformed” follower of Christ, is always connected to obedience in our actions. The more we learn from Jesus and obey His teaching, the more fruit we will produce for His kingdom.
Jesus’ words in Matthew, chapters 5-7, are known as the Sermon on the Mount. This is no doubt the most famous sermon ever preached, and it was delivered by the greatest Teacher who ever lived. Therefore, it is worthy of our attention. As you explore Jesus’ sermon, you can’t help but notice the opening and the closing of the sermon.
“When He saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain, and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. Then, He began to teach them” (Matthew 5:1-2).
“Therefore, everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn’t collapse, because its foundation was on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and doesn’t act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, the rivers rose, and winds blew and pounded that house, and it collapsed. It collapsed with a great crash. When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were astonished at His teaching, because He was teaching them like One who had authority, and not like their scribes” (Matthew 7:24-29).
Read these passages carefully and respond to this question: How would you summarize the primary message – the “big idea” – of these two Scripture passages?
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