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The Sermon Outline

Matthew 5:1-12

The Sermon Outline

Matthew 5:1-12

Sermon Notes

Preacher: Jeremiah Fyffe



Matthew 5:1-16: The Character of the Christian

Matthew 5:17-48: The Christian Faces the Law

Matthew 6:1-34: The Christian Lives in the Presence of God

Matthew 7:1-29: The Christian Lives in the Fear of God



Revelation 11:15

The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.

Matthew 4:23–5:1

And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people. So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, those having seizures, and paralytics, and he healed them. And great crowds followed him from Galilee and the Decapolis, and from Jerusalem and Judea, and from beyond the Jordan. Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.

John 13:34

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

Psalm 19:7–11:

The law of the LORD is perfect,

reviving the soul;

the testimony of the LORD is sure,

making wise the simple;

the precepts of the LORD are right,

rejoicing the heart;

the commandment of the LORD is pure,

enlightening the eyes;

the fear of the LORD is clean,

enduring forever;

the rules of the LORD are true,

and righteous altogether.

More to be desired are they than gold,

even much fine gold;

sweeter also than honey

and drippings of the honeycomb.

Moreover, by them is your servant warned;

in keeping them there is great reward.

Hebrews 12:28–29

Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.

Matthew 7:28–29

And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.

Martin Lloyd-Jones

The world today is looking for, and desperately needs, true Christians. I am never tired of saying that what the Church needs to do is not to organize evangelistic campaigns to attract outside people, but to begin herself to live the Christian life. If she did that, men and women would be crowding into our buildings.

Kent Hughes

Contrary to popular opinion, blessed does not mean “happy,” even though some translations have rendered it this way. Happiness is a subjective state, a feeling. But Jesus is not declaring how people feel; rather, he is making an objective statement about what God thinks of them. Blessed is a positive judgment by God on the individual that means “to be approved” or “to find approval.” So when God blesses us, he approves us.

Lloyd-Jones puts it this way

A man may play a piece of great music quite accurately; he may make no mistakes at all. And yet it may be true to say of him that he did not really play Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. He played the notes correctly, but it was not the Sonata. What was he doing? He was mechanically striking the right notes, but missing the soul and the real interpretation. He wasn't doing what Beethoven intended and meant. … The artist, the true artist, is always correct. Even the greatest artist cannot afford to neglect rules and regulations. But that is not what makes him the great artist. It is this something extra, the expression; it is the spirit, it is the life, it is the whole that he is able to convey.

Celebration Song List


Come Thou Fount

The Wonderful Cross

CONNECT Our Need for Christ

Man Of Sorrows

COMMUNITY In the Word and Communion

I Need Thee


Rock Of Ages


Community Group Questions


Consider the “Sermon Outline” below. Can you observe the outline yourself as you look at Matthew 5-7? What questions or observations do you have about this outline.

Matthew 5:1-16: The Character of the Christian

Matthew 5:17-48: The Christian Faces the Law

Matthew 6:1-34: The Christian Lives in the Presence of God

Matthew 7:1-29: The Christian Lives in the Fear of God


Read Matthew 5:2-12. On Sunday Jeremiah suggested that “We do not build the kingdom. By the good news of the King’s gracious design, we are entering into the kingdom.” Interact with this statement. 


Chapters 6 and 7 deal with life in the presence of God and living in the fear of God. How do these two realities relate?


We see from Jesus teaching as well as his life that he is not only able to establish the kingdom, but is able to bring a people, undeserving, into it. How does this inform and transform both our own personal confidence in Christ as well as our compulsion to, with patient endurance, point our community to Jesus.