Here's a fresh reading of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount and a tool to apply it to your daily life. It's based on insights gleaned from reading and implementing The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard.
As Jesus Christ's apprentice you'll receive the blessing of participating in the Kingdom of the Heavens and his affirmation of your ministry. You'll gain insight and power to overcome problems with anger, lust, deceit, and relational conflict. You'll discover how to find your security and peace in the Father's world, rather than anxiously striving for status and wealth. You'll learn the key spiritual disciplines and emotional honesty that foster spiritual growth.
Properly understood and applied, the Lord Jesus' message in Matthew 5 to 7 is truly life-changing!
A Word of Explanation... 1
1. Introducing the Sermon on the Mount... 4
2. Jesus’ Masterpiece Sermon: A Quick Paraphrase of Matthew 5 to 7... 12
3. Jesus’ Conspiracy: A Paraphrase of Matthew 5 to 7... 16
4. Learning to Practice One of Jesus’ Teachings (Using a VIM Plan)... 32
Appendix One: Your VIM Plan Template... 38
Appendix Two: Small Group Outline (4 or 8 Weeks)... 39