Have you ever noticed that blind people are more likely to relate in a functional and productive way to their world than are deaf or mute people? I am convinced this is because they are able to use and hear words. This may be illustrated by the difference between listening to the radio (with no picture or visuals) and watching a silent TV screen (with no words). Listening to the radio allows us to relate to the event being described and fill it in with a mental picture. However, the silent TV screen is like a non-starter.
The New Testament gives attention to the words and works of Jesus Christ. Much attention goes to the works of Jesus, including his healings, exorcisms, miracles, signs and wonders. Ultimately the most complete and final work of Jesus is his triumphant resurrection from the dead. This work defeats the power of sin, hell, and death for those who simply trust. But to learn to trust we must use words. There is something especially powerful about words. The Bible tells us that life and death lies in the power of the tongue. We communicate and build relationship in and through words.
It is by means of words that we build relationships and learn about another person. And it is by means of words, and certainly the words of Jesus, that we learn about the mind and heart of God. Are you ready to listen to Jesus’ words in the Sermon on the Mount, words to build a life on? We will begin this series on Memorial Day Weekend and follow it as we move through the summer. The following is a simple overview of the sermon on the mount:
Words to build character, 5:2-16
The results of a disciple’s character (2-12).
The influence of a disciple’s character (13-16).
Words to build conduct, 5:17-7:12
The Word and a disciple’s conduct (5:17-48).
God and a disciple’s conduct (6:1-34).
Fellow humans and a disciple’s conduct (7:1-12).
Words to extend a call, 7:13-27
The beginning of a disciple’s call (13-14).
The progress of a disciple’s call (15-23).
The end result of a disciple’s call (23-27).