(If you want to listen to this sermon in its entirety, click here. This sermon was preaching on Sunday, April 13, 2008, at the Boone’s Creek Baptist Church, Lexington, KY. Click here for the archive.)
Do you find yourself reading through the Scriptures and believing that one portion of the Scriptures is more important than another? When I began studying the Sermon on the Mount, I found myself making a rather critical error to start right off. I found myself prioritizing certain portions of the Word of God. It reminded me of a Bible trivia game I was playing with some folks some years ago. When someone missed a question about an obscure verse in the Bible, he in his frustration said, “Well, I only believe we should read the important verses.” And boy, did a rather spirited conversation ensue! Does every word count? Are there areas of Scripture that are more important than others? Is it our job to begin prioritizing those Scriptures which “mean something” from those that don’t?
We should take the Scriptures on their own terms and beware of telling the Scriptures, “This is important, but this part isn’t.” In Matthew 5:1-2, we read, “Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying… .” Now, on the surface, this just looks like a regular, introductory statement that we could overlook so we can get to Jesus’ actual words.
But the Holy Spirit put those words in for a reason — and when we take a look at exactly why He did, we will walk away with a greater love for Jesus and a greater desire to serve one another and our community. These two verses introduce the greatest sermon ever preached by the greatest preacher who ever preached. What does the Spirit want us to know?