The Beatitudes

In the second year of our Lord's earthly ministry He walked up a hill on the northeast shore of the Sea of Galilee and taught His disciples (Matt 5:1–2). Moses went up into a mountain to receive the Law; Jesus ascended a mountain to explain the Law. As was the custom of Jewish rabbis, Jesus sat down to teach (cf. Luke 4:20).

The Sermon on the Mount is probably the best-known, but least understood and least followed, of all the teachings of Jesus. The Beatitudes are a collection of eight characteristics (qualities of life) that separate children of God from the rest of the world (Matt 5:3–12). These eight beatitudes describe the blessed state of those who humbly submit themselves to the will of God. These are not eight different groups of people (poor, mourners, meek, etc.), but every Christian is meant to manifest every one of these characteristics.

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The Beatitudes: The Path To A New Life is a series of nine expository sermon outlines from the preamble to the Sermon on the Mount. You will need Acrobat Reader, available free from Adobe Systems, to view and print this book (42 pages; PDF file size: 451k). All of the books on this website may be reprinted by individuals, churches, schools, and seminaries for use in their teaching program. However, these books may not be altered in any way, and they must be given away at no charge.