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  • Writer's pictureAnush A. John

Sermon on the Mount

Matthew 5-7 is one of the most powerful, counter-cultural, and defining pieces of literature. It is either a single sermon of Jesus or a collection of multiple sermons. The entire sermon contrasts a Christian and two groups of people, the religious and the secular.


The Sermon on the Mount answers the question: What is the character of a disciple of Jesus?

Here is a general outline of the Sermon. There are numerous such outlines, this is just one of them.


Outline of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7)


1. Character and Influence of a Disciple

1.1 The blessed state of a believer 5:2-12

1.2 The transformative influence of a believer 5:13-16 (Salt and light)


2. Contrast with the Secular

2.1 Prayers (6:7–13)

2.2 Worry (6:25–34)


3. Contrast with the Religious

3.1 Christian Morals vs. legalistic actions (5:21–48)

Anger, lust, divorce, oaths, revenge, love

3.2 Christian Devotion vs hypocritical piety (6:1–18)

Giving, prayer, fasting


Related Sermon: A Disciple's Disposition

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