MATTHEW 5

21 Outlines

 

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Matthew 5:1-12

IN THE KINGDOM

 

SADNESS IN THE KINGDOM

Matthew 5:3-4 - Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. [4] Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

 

SUBMISSION IN THE KINGDOM

Matthew 5:5 - Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

 

SANCTIFICATION IN THE KINGDOM

Matthew 5:6 - Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

 

Matthew 5:8 - Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

 

SHARING IN THE KINGDOM

Matthew 5:7 - Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

 

Matthew 5:9 - Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

 

SUFFERING IN THE KINGDOM

Matthew 5:10-12 - Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. [11] Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. [12] Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

 

 

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Matthew 5:3-12

IT’S WORTH IT!

 

Have you ever considered the benefits of living by the beatitudes?  It is certainly worth it!

 

POVERTY OF SPIRIT YIELDS A KINGDOM – Vs. 3

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

INTENSITY OF SORROW YIELDS COMFORT – Vs. 4

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

 

DISPLAY OF HUMILITY YIELDS CONTROL – Vs. 5

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

 

DESIRE FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS YIELDS SATISFACTION – Vs. 6

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

 

GIVING OF MERCY YIELDS MERCY – Vs. 7 – (Give a break. Catch a break.) - Vs. 7

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

 

PURITY OF HEART YIELDS FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD – Vs. 8

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

 

NEGOTIATION OF PEACE YIELDS A GREAT REPUTATION  Vs. 9

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

 

SUFFERING FOR CHRIST YIELDS HEAVENLY REWARDS – Vss. 10-12

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. [11] Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. [12] Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

 

Why don’t we want to live by these beatitudes? Is it because we want the wrong rewards?

 

 

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Matthew 5:3-12

BLESSED!

 

BLESSED ATTITUDE – Vss. 3-5

·       Towards Self – Vs. 3

·       Towards Sin – Vs4

·       Towards Submission – Vs. 5

·       Towards Sterilization – Vs.8

 

BLESSED ACTIONS

·       Pursue Righteousness – Vs. 6

·       Pursue Mercy – Vs. 7

·       Pursue Peace – Vs. 9

 

BLESSED ATTACKS – Vss. 10-12

·       There is a Cause – Righteousness – Vs. 10

·       There is a Cross – “For My Name’s Sake” – Vs. 11

·       There is a Crown – Heaven and Rewards – Vss. 10, 12

 

Perhaps you may want to make this a three part series.

 

 

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IN PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

Matthew 5:3-12

A complete Sunday School or Bible Study Lesson

 

J    What are some of the things people in general will do in order to be happy?

J    Although people want to be happy, often they are not. How come?

J    How do you know that God wants us to be happy?

J    What is the difference between the happiness God provides and the happiness most people in the world are seeking?

J    The Sermon on the Mount begins with some verses known as “the Beatitudes”.  We often think of the word “blessed” as meaning “happy”.  According to James Montgomery Boice, “The Greek word for blessed is makarios, and it is used to describe a person who is especially favored by God and who is therefore in some sense happy or fortunate because of it.”

      James Montgomery Boice, The Gospel of Matthew, Volume 1, (Grand Rapids Michigan, Baker

         Books, 2001) p. 74

J    True happiness is not based on “happenings” but on the blessing or favor of God on our lives.

 

In Matthew 5:3-12, the Lord Jesus shows us the qualities that lead to true happiness.

 

SADNESS THAT LEADS TO HAPPINESS

Matthew 5:3-4 - Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

 

J    Is verse 3 commending a bad attitude?  I know a lot of “poor spirited” people!

J    Poor in spirit refers to one’s attitude about one’s self. He or she understands the spiritual poverty of their own souls. 

J    How does one need to be poor in Spirit in order to be saved?

Isaiah 64:6 - But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

 

Titus 3:5 - Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

 

Ephesians 2:8-9 - For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: [9] Not of works, lest any man should boast.

 

J    How does being poor in spirit help someone appreciate salvation?

J    How can you tell that a Christian is poor in spirit?

J    How does being poor in spirit help us to please God as Christians?

1 Peter 5:5-6 – Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

 

J    When and why should a person mourn over sin?

J    What does God see as the purpose of mourning?

James 4:8-10 - Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. [9] Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. [10] Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

 

Psalm 32:5 - I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.

 

J    How is it possible to mourn too much and miss the purpose of God?

 

SUBMISSION THAT LEADS TO HAPPINESS

Matthew 5:5 - Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

 

J    How is the word meek often misconstrued?

J    A better word for meek is gentle.

J    In Matthew 11:29 Jesus tells us that He is meek and lowly of heart.  How was Jesus gentle?

J    Many commentators say that meekness is power under control. How did the Lord Jesus demonstrate that?

J    Why must a person be submissive in order to be meek?

J    In what way might a gentle person inherit the earth today?

 

SANCTIFICATION THAT LEADS TO HAPPINESS

Matthew 5:6, 8 - Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

J    What is sanctification?

J    Why should Christians pursue sanctification?

1 Peter 1:15-16 - But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

 

J    What are some secular things that people hunger and thirst after?

J    How should a Christian hunger and thirst after righteousness?

J    Why do we often fail to hunger and thirst after righteousness?

J    What keeps my heart from being pure?

J    What part does the Holy Spirit have in keeping my heart pure?

Galatians 5:22-23 - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, [23] Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

 

J    How does a Christian, who is pure in heart see God?

 

SHARING THAT LEADS TO HAPPINESS

Matthew 5:7, 9 - Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

 

J    How can a Christian show mercy every day?

J    Why should we be merciful in our judgments of others?

Matthew 7:1-2 - Judge not, that ye be not judged. [2] For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

 

J    What part does forgiveness have to do with mercy?

J    Why must a peacemaker have peace himself?

J    How does a peacemaker help make peace between God and man?

J    How does a peacemaker help make peace between man and man?

 

SUFFERING THAT LEADS TO HAPPINESS

Matthew 5:10-12 - Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. [11] Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. [12] Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

 

J    Why do other people persecute righteous people?

J    Jesus promised persecution.  Why do you think persecution is part of Christianity?

John 15:20 - Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.

 

J    Why is it a blessing to be persecuted?

J    What encouragement is there to endure persecution?

 

 

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Matthew 5:3-5

HAPPY HUMILITY

 

The word "blessed" means happy.  The beatitudes teach us how to be spiritually happy!  A key part of this happiness has to do with being humble, especially before God. To be truly happy we should be:

 

SPIRITUALLY SHORT - "poor in spirit" - Vs. 3

SPIRITUALLY SORROWFUL - "they that mourn" - Vs. 4

SPIRITUALLY SUBMISSIVE - "the meek" - Vs. 5

 

 

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ATTITUDE

Matthew 5:3-5

 

My attitude is important.  The first three beatitudes, if practiced, will insure that I have a good attitude.

 

Vs. 3 - POOR IN SPIRIT - How I view myself.

 

Vs. 4 - MOURNING - How I view my sin.

 

Vs. 5 - MEEKNESS - How I view my situation (or standing).

 

 

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Matthew 5:3-6

THE RIGHT KIND OF HEART

 

When it comes to lessons in practical Christian Living, nothing surpasses

the Sermon on the Mount. With this outline we begin a series of outlines

which will run for several months and cover all of chapters 5-7 in the Book

of Matthew. Feel free to preach the series with your own adaptations, or

simply use individual messages as you feel led.

 

THE RIGHT KIND OF HEART IS AN HONEST HEART - Vs. 3

A person who is poor in spirit is not "poor spirited". He or she is someone

who has an honest opinion of his or her spiritual condition. The person who

will admit Spiritual poverty is well on their way to faith in Christ for

salvation.

 

THE RIGHT KIND OF HEART IS A HEAVY HEART - Vs. 4

The heart that mourns over sin is the heart that will confess and find the

comfort of forgiveness. Initially they will find the forgiveness of

salvation. After salvation they will find the comfort of forgiveness for

sins that they confess. 1 John 1:9

 

THE RIGHT KIND OF HEART IS A HUMBLE HEART - Vs. 5

According to Haddon Robinson, "Tied up in the word meek is the concept of

power under control, the idea of being submissive to someone greater than

ourselves." ("The Christian Salt and Light Company", Copyright 1988 by

Haddon W. Robinson, Discovery House Publishers, Page 51)

Being Biblically meek is being in submission to God. It is not mean a lack

of strength, but strength that is under God's control.

 

THE RIGHT KIND OF HEART IS A HUNGRY HEART - Vs. 6

To hunger and thirst after righteousness should be a characteristic of every

Christian. We should want to please God by doing what is right. We should

hunger and thirst for the things of God and His word and apply them to our

lives. As they do they are satisfied, but then they will hunger and thirst

some more because they want to be satisfied again.

 

 

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Matthew 5:6-8

THE LORD PROVIDES!

 

There are some special things that the Lord will provide for those who meet the conditions.

 

SPIRITUAL SATISFACTION - Vs. 6 - For those who hunger and thirst after righteousness.

SPIRITUAL SUPPLY - Vs. 7 - For those who show mercy.

SPIRITUAL SIGHT - Vs. 8 - For those are pure in heart.

 

 

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Matthew 5:7-12

GREAT BLESSINGS

 

Jesus says that the person who practices these beatitudes is "blessed" or happy.

The person who practices these things is happy because of the blessings that he receives.

 

THE PARTICIPANT RECEIVES MERCY - Vs. 7

The one who shows mercy is sure to receive mercy.

 

THE PURE SEE GOD - Vs. 8

When a person keeps his heart pure through trusting Christ as Savior, and confession and forsaking of sin, he will see God all through the day.  We do not mean that he will literally see God, but he will see God at work and feel His presence.

 

THE PEACEMAKER IS SPOKEN WELL OF - Vs. 9

What better compliment than to be known as a child of the God of peace?

 

THE PERSECUTED HAVE A HOME - Vss. 10-12

When a Christian is persecuted for Christ's sake, he can be comforted by the fact that he has a home in Heaven. Stephen, when persecuted for His faith, saw Jesus waiting to receive him into Heaven. Acts 7:55-56

 

 

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Matthew 5:9-12

HAPPINESS IN THE SERVICE OF THE KING

 

These two beatitudes show me some of  my responsibility, and subsequent suffering as a child of God.  And yet through all of this, I will be happy (blessed).

 

MY MINISTRY = PEACEMAKER Vs. 9

I am to lead people to faith in Christ, which will give them peace with God. Romans 5:1, 1 Peter 3:15, Mark 16:15

 

MY MISERY = PERSECUTION Vs. 10

See John 15:18-27 and 2 Timothy 3:12.

 

MY MASTERY = PRAISE Vss. 11-12

I am to rejoice in the face of persecution. 

I am suffering for Jesus' sake.

My reward is great.

I am following the example of the prophets who were also persecuted.

 

 

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Matthew 5: 13-16

REACHING THE WORLD

 

Jesus gave His followers of reaching the world for Him in Matthew 28:19-20.

This passage reminds us of the importance of our testimony.

 

THE FLAVOR - Vs. 11

We are the "salt" of the earth. Salt adds flavor.  When we act properly as Christians we are adding flavor that speaks of Christ and the need of salvation. Salt also makes us thirsty. If we act properly, we will make others thirsty for the truth.

When we act improperly as Christians we have lost our flavor.

 

THE FLOODLIGHT - Vs. 12

We are "the light of the world".

 

THE FLOW - Vs. 12

When we do good works as Christians we are letting the light flow to those who need it.

 

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Matthew 5:14-16

THE CHRISTIAN AS A WITNESS

 

OUR VALUE - Vs. 14a - The light of the world.

Jesus, the true light of the world (John 8:12), has commissioned us to be His lights. We are His witnesses

OUR VISIBILITY - Vss. 14b-15 - As lights we are to be seen!

OUR VOCATION - Vs. 16 - Our job is to let our light shine!

 

 

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Matthew 5:13-20

IMPACTING YOUR WORLD

 

BE SALTY – Vs. 13

BE SHINNING – Vss. 14-16

BE SCRIPTURAL – Vss. 17-20

 

 

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Matthew 5:17-20

RESPONDING TO GOD’S LAW

 

A CONCEPT TO AVOID

Matthew 5:17 - Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

 

THE CERTAINTY OF GOD’S WORD

Matthew 5:18 - For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

 

THE CHALLENGE TO OBEY

Matthew 5:19-20 - Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. [20] For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

 

 

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Matthew 5:17-20

JESUS AND THE LAW

 

JESUS' PURPOSE - To fulfill the law - Vs. 17

 

JESUS' PROMISE - All will be fulfilled - Vs. 18

 

JESUS' PRECAUTION - Don't teach law breaking. Personal righteousness needs to exceed that of the Pharisees. - Vss. 19-20

 

 

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Matthew 5:21-26

A NEW STANDARD

(Sermon On The Mount #5)

 

When Jesus presented the Sermon on the Mount he raised the standards by which people should live.  I imagine that people thought they were behaving okay as long as they didn't kill anyone! Jesus shows here that undue anger is sin.

 

THE STATEMENT OF SCRIPTURE - Vs. 21

Exodus 20:13 is clear that murder is wrong.

 

THE SINS OF THE HEART AND MOUTH - Vs. 22

Anger without cause that leads to anger with the tongue are serious sins. 1 John 3:15

 

THE SOLUTION FROM JESUS - Vss. 23-26

I think of us as coming to the "altar" of prayer today.

When we remember that we have openly sinned against someone, we are to first confess to God (1 John 1:9) and then apologize to the person against whom we have sinned. Then we are in a position to offer our gifts to God.

 

 

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Matthew 5:21-48

A HIGHER STANDARD

 

Each section of this passage begins with "You have heard....But I say unto you."  In each case Jesus gives his listeners a higher standard than to which they were accustomed.

(NOTE:  This is a long passage. You might want to break this down into 2, 3, or even 5 messages.)

 

A HIGHER STANDARD FOR ANGER Vss. 21-26

 

A HIGHER STANDARD FOR MARRIAGE Vss. 27-32

 

A HIGHER STANDARD FOR SWEARING Vss. 33-37

 

A HIGHER STANDARD FOR SUBMISSION Vss. 38-42

 

A HIGHER STANDARD FOR LOVE Vss. 43-48

 

 

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Matthew 5:27-32

OLD AND NEW

(Sermon On The Mount #6)

 

OLD SAYINGS - Vss. 27, 31

The Old Testament Scriptures had some rules concerning faithfulness in marriage. Exodus 20:14

 

NEW STANDARDS - Vss. 28, 32

Jesus shows us that God's standards are higher than the general understanding the Jews of His day had concerning purity in marriage.

 

NEW SENSITIVITY - Vss. 30-31

This, of course, is figurative speech, showing that we should be radical when we are dealing with our thought lives.  Thoughts must be kept under control.

 

 

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Matthew 5:33-42

UNDER CONTROL

 

So many people want to control what others do.

In this passage from the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus shows us things that should be "under control" in our own lives.

 

OUR LIPS UNDER CONTROL - Vss. 33-37 - BY TELLING THE TRUTH

As wrong as it is, Jesus is not talking about taking the Lord's name in vain in this passage.

He is talking about the truthfulness of the words that come from our lips.

Vows or oaths were not uncommon in the Scriptures.  These oaths were to be done seriously, and with absolute truthfulness. Genesis 14:22-23, Jeremiah 42:5, 2 Corinthians 1:23, Matthew 26:63-64. The problem in Jesus' day was people were making oaths about practically everything. So Jesus tells them to swear not at all. Instead, they were to simply speak the truth.

 

OUR LOVE UNDER CONTROL - Vss. 38-39 - BY TURNING THE OTHER CHEEK

To turn the other cheek in true humility is a real show of love.

Although the government is to carry out justice (Romans 13:4, Leviticus 38-39), a Christian is not to take matters into his own hands, but quietly surrender his "rights".

 

OUR LAWSUITS UNDER CONTROL - Vs. 40 - BY GIVING OF YOUR POSSESSIONS

As we yield to the direction of the Holy Spirit in our lives, even lawsuits will not be a problem.

The cloak was essential clothing and protected by Jewish law.

If necessary, we must be willing to part with the most basic of necessities, and trust God to take care of us. Matthew 6:30-34

 

OUR LABOR UNDER CONTROL - Vs. 41 - BY GOING THE EXTRA MILE

Israel was under Roman rule. A Roman soldier could force non-Romans to carry his baggage for a mile.  Jesus encourages us to do more than we are asked, even if we aren't required to.

 

OUR LOANS UNDER CONTROL - Vs. 42 - BY SHARING WITH THOSE IN NEED

We can't always give all that people ask, but we can usually help in some way when the need is legitimate.

 

These things will be impossible to do, unless we are under the Lord's control. Ephesians 5:18, Romans 12:1

 

 

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Matthew 5:38-42

THE BETTER WAY

 

There will be times when you will be treated improperly.  There are several ways we can respond to mistreatment in several ways. Jesus shows us the better way to react.

 

SHUN - Vs. 38 

In personal cases don't live by the "get even" philosophy.

Shun any urge to get even.

 

SUBMIT - Vss. 38-41

Your Body - Vs. 39

Your Possessions - Vs. 40

Your Time and Labor - Vs. 41

 

SHARE - Vs. 42

 

 

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Matthew 5:33-48

THE BEST!

 

So often people are wrapped up in securing the best for themselves and their

families (Give your own examples.). The trouble is, very often we have a

warped view of what is best. For example the father who wants his son to be

the best winning athlete, may overlook more important matters, such as

integrity, education, and the Christian Faith.

 

Our Lord Jesus Christ wants what is best for His disciples. What He views

as best is often in direct opposition to what human beings think and teach

others concerning what is best. In our text, the Lord reminds his hearers

of the teachings they had heard in the past, and then gives them the best

teaching of all.

 

THE BEST USE OF THE LIPS - Vss. 33-37

THE BEST MANNER OF LIFE - Vss. 38-42

THE BEST WAY TO LOVE - Vss. 43-48

 

 

 

 

 

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