8 Favorite Quotes from the Book “The Sermon on the Mount: The Greatest Sermon Ever Preached” (Trevor Bates)

Happy Easter! May the hope of the risen Christ be always in your hearts as we start another week as living testimonies for our Savior.

Now here are my favorite quote from the book The Sermon on the Mount: The Greatest Sermon Ever Preached by Trevor Bates. If you want to support the author, get a copy of this book by following this link.

“The Preacher of the Sermon on the Mount cares for those to whom He preaches, and He loves them. This means that He moves toward them, and they see His tender love and care. What is the response of seeing such tender love and care? They follow.”

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8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “Our Good Crisis” by Jonathan K. Dodson

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Anyway, here’s some quotes from the book, Our Good Crisis by Jonathan K. Dodson published by InterVarsity Press. If you like these quotes, please get the book by clicking here.

“Moral or ethical failure is often behind the crises that put us up in arms or down in the dumps. A failure of morals,
not nerve, lurks behind scandal and injustice.”

“The seed of every crisis exists in every one of us. No one is immune. But  if we can get a handle on our moral turbulence, we can ­contribute not only to our own good but also to the good around us.”

“The sermon opens with a series of declarations—beatitudes—that call for goodness. Beatitude is a strange but compelling word.  It comes from the Latin word beatitudo, which is a translation of  the Greek word makarios, meaning blessed, favored, or flourishing. The Beatitudes show us eight ways to live a blessed life (or nine, depending how you read Matthew 5:10‑12). “

” the Beatitudes is plural not singular—the poor, those who mourn, the humble, the merciful. Every subject is plural, which means Jesus isn’t calling just individuals to the character of the kingdom; he’s calling a whole community—the church—to be poor in spirit. “

“The kingdom of heaven is breaking into this world through God’s people. If you are already a citizen by the grace of God, live like it! Don’t settle for the kingdom of self.”

“When we are honest with God about our sins, forgiveness and comfort come rushing in. When we get beneath the routine busyness of life and discover we aren’t as noble or moral as we thought, mourning in the presence of the Comforter guides us to a better version of ourselves.”

” With Christ, the greatest and humblest of beings mystically indwelling us by faith, we don’t have to assign ourselves weight. We don’t have to conjure a lovely idea of the self. Instead a glory outside us comes to live in us: Christ in us, the hope of glory. Jesus secured this glory for us through his debt-paying death on the cross and his mighty resurrection: his injury for our reward, his obedience for our disobedience, his righteousness for our unrighteousness. It hardly seems fair. That’s grace! “

“Today insisting on exclusive allegiance to Jesus as the one true God and Savior of humanity is also radical. It’s a declaration of war against the cult of expressive individualism. It’s unpopular
to denounce the self, but it isn’t enough to confess Jesus as Lord. His lordship must be visible. It isn’t enough to have great theology about Jesus and claim him as your king. It isn’t enough to
say he is the God and there is no other. Rather our allegiance to him must be evident in our character and action. We must care for the poor, practice righteousness, seek purity, and make
peace with others. The Beatitudes of Jesus must define us. “

The Elements of Style and the Beatitudes

We bloggers need constant help in our writing so that every post will connect to our readers. Not just correct grammar but a good structure of sentences to give clarity and smooth flow in reading. One of the best books in writing I would highly recommend for bloggers is the book “The Elements of Style” by Williams Strunk Jr. and E.B. White. Short but very practical, I think recommending it to you might not be a surprise (if you’re writer).

In page 26 of this superb book, Stunk and White notes a principle composition method that brings clarity to the readers by repeating a word in a series of sentences. In the book it is called “Express coordinate ideas in similar form”. And they use an example from the Bible. It’s the opening words of Jesus in the Sermon of the Mount found it Matthew 5.

“This principle that of parallel construction, requires that expressions similar in content and function be outwardly similar. The likeness of form enables the reader to recognize more readily the likeness of content and function. The familiar Beatitudes exemplify the virtue of parallel construction.”

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

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

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

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

More than a great model of the said method, The Beatitudes is the radical approach in Christian living straight from our Lord’s lips. The structure of the sentences is excellent and Jesus wants it more than a monumental speech. He wants to enumerate things that create a vast gulf of what it means to live in this world pursuing God and what the rest of this world thinks what is great. He resolves it in this unforgettable Element of Style cuts it on verse 6 on the book. Let’s read the rest of it:

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

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

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

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. (Matthew 5:7-11, KJV)

The MacArthur Study Bible said it well about the Beatitudes:

“The Beatitudes demonstrate that the way to heavenly blessedness is antithetical to the worldly path normally followed in pursuit of happiness. The worldly idea is that happiness is found in riches, merriment, abundance, leisure, and such things. The real truth is the very opposite. The Beatitudes give Jesus’ description of the character of true faith.”

So The Beatitudes are the new attitudes that we need to follow as Christians. May we walk on it and make our Christian walk a light to this dark world.

Additional resources

Here a great bumper video when teaching the Beatitudes. “God-o-nomics” by Dan Stevers.

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7 Unforgettable Mountains Mentioned in the Bible

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Mountains have significant place the Bible. Major biblical events took place in this place. So Delighting Grace gathers the 7 most prominent and gave some brief info:

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Ararat (Genesis 8:4) – after the global flood, the ark of Noah rested here till the waters subdued and after that everyone in the ark came out and propagate.

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Moriah (Genesis 22:2) – this is the place Abraham offered Isaac. Eventually in the reign of King Solomon, his temple for God was built over there (2 Chronicles 3:1).

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Sinai (Number 3:10)-this is where God gave the 10 Commandments (Exodus 20) to Moses.

Carmel– this mountain had a showdown between Elijah (the prophet of God) versus Baal’s prophets (1 Kings 18: 17-46).

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Mount of Beatitudes- (Matthew 5:1) scholars’ points out this place is located within the vicinity of Capernaum where greatest sermon ever delivered by Christ Himself.

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Calvary- Golgotha or the place of skull, this mountain (technically it’s a hill like the Mount of Beatitudes) this is where our Lord and Savior was nail to the cross and died for God and our sins (Mark 15:22).

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Mount of Olive or Olivet– lots of events in Jesus earthly ministry occurred here. Most notable events is on this place Jesus ascended back to heaven (Acts 1:12).

 

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