The Message of the Sermon on the Mount

The Message of the Sermon on the Mount

The Bible Speaks Today Series

by John Stott

The Message of the Sermon on the Mount
  • Length: 238 pages
  • Published: February 22, 1985
  •  In stock
  • ISBN: 978-0-87784-296-5
  • Item Code: 0296
  • Case Quantity: 44

"The followers of Jesus are to different," writes John Stott, "different from both the nominal church and the secular world, different from both the religious and the irreligious. The Sermon on the Mount is the most complete delineation anywhere in the New Testament of the Christian counter-culture. Here is a Christian value-system, ethical standard, religious devotion, attitude to money, ambition, lifestyle and network of relationships--all of which are totally at variance with those in the non-Christian world. And this Christian counter-culture is the life of the kingdom of God, a fully human life indeed but lived out under the divine rule."

In this careful exposition of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, John R. W. Stott accurately expounds the biblical text and relates it to life today. Above all, the author says, he wants to let Christ speak this sermon again, this time to the modern world.


General Preface
Author's preface
Chief Abbreviations
Introduction: what is this sermon? - 5:1-2
A Christian's character: the beatitiudes - 5:3-12
A Christian's influence: salt and light - 5:13-16
A Christian's righteousness: Christ, the Christian and the law - 5:17-20
A Christian's righteousness: avoiding anger and lust - 5:21-30
A Christian's righteousness: fidelity in marriage and honesty in speech - 5:31-37
A Christian's righteousness: Non-retaliation and active love - 5:38-48
A Christian's religion: not hypocritical but real - 6:1-6,16-18
A Christian's prayer: not mechanical but thoughtful - 6:7-15
A Christian's ambition: not material security but God's rule - 6:19-34
A Christian's relationships: to his brothers and his father - 7:1-12
A Christian's relationships: to false prophets - 7:13-20
A Christian's commitment: the radical choice - 7:21-27
Conclusion: who is this preacher? - 7:28,29

Study guide

John Stott

John R. W. Stott (1921–2011) has been known worldwide as a preacher, evangelist, and communicator of Scripture. For many years he served as rector of All Souls Church in London, where he carried out an effective urban pastoral ministry. A leader among evangelicals in Britain and the United States and around the world, Stott was a principal framer of the landmark Lausanne Covenant (1974).

Stott's many books have sold millions of copies around the world and in dozens of languages. His best-known work, Basic Christianity, has sold two million copies and has been translated into more than sixty languages. Other titles include The Cross of Christ, Understanding the Bible, The Contemporary Christian, Evangelical Truth, Issues Facing Christians Today, The Incomparable Christ, Why I Am a Christian, and Through the Bible Through the Year, a daily devotional. He has also written eight volumes in The Bible Speaks Today series of New Testament expositions.

Whether in the West or in the Majority World, a hallmark of Stott's ministry has been expository preaching that addresses the hearts and minds of contemporary men and women. Stott was honored by Time magazine in 2005 as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" and was named in the Queen’s New Years Honours list as Commander of the Order of the British Empire. In 1969, Stott founded the Langham Trust to fund scholarships for young evangelical leaders from the Majority World. He then founded the Evangelical Literature Trust, which provided books for students, pastors, and theological libraries in the Majority World. These two trusts continued as independent charities until 2001, when they were joined as a single charity: the Langham Partnership. Langham's vision continues today to see churches in the Majority World equipped for mission and growing to maturity in Christ through nurturing national movements for biblical preaching, fostering the creation and distribution of evangelical literature, and enhancing evangelical theological education.

Visit the John Stott Ministries Langham Partnership website.

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