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The Message of the Sermon on the Mount (The Bible Speaks Today: New Testament)

4.24  ·  Rating Details  ·  422 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
"The followers of Jesus are to different," writes John Stott, "different from both the nominal church and the secular world, different from both the religious and the irreligious. The Sermon on the Mount is the most complete delineation anywhere in the New Testament of the Christian counter-culture. Here is a Christian value-system, ethical standard, religious devotion, at ...more
Paperback, 238 pages
Published March 22nd 1985 by IVP Academic (first published January 1st 1978)
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Bret James Stewart
Jul 14, 2015 Bret James Stewart rated it really liked it
I appreciate John Stott’s sincerity, insight, and writing style, so I expected to learn a lot with this book. I was not disappointed. The book covers Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount from Matthew 5-7, which is probably the best known of His discourses. It contains the fundamentals of the Christian faith and what the church should look like in deed as well as thought. As Stott himself says, “It is the nearest thing to a manifesto that he ever uttered, for it is his own description of what he wanted hi ...more
Apr 16, 2016 John rated it it was amazing
My purpose in reading this book was not so much to learn more about the Sermon on the Mount, although I welcomed the subject matter. My purpose was to read something by John R.W. Stott, having heard him quoted so often in sermons. This happened to be the book that the church library had.
I can see why he is so popular with the pastors whose sermons I hear. Stott's writing is neither awash with indecipherable theological jargon, nor is it dumbed down. We're told what the words of Jesus -- spoken i
Ben Connelly
May 11, 2011 Ben Connelly rated it liked it
Again, the 3rd star generally means 'average,' & this work was above average to be sure. Stott's a fantastic expositor, a deep thinker, and an incredible, notable man of God. I found his commentary on Jesus' Sermon on the Mount to be a well-done secondary source to Martyn Lloyd-Jones' work on the same.

The greatest benefit of Stott's commentary were the notes and intricacies that he brought out that Lloyd-Jones didn't, choosing to focus on a different aspect of any given biblical text. BUT,
Barry Wallace
Apr 17, 2012 Barry Wallace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the Lifeguide Bible Studies, which is generally a good small group study series. My former Sunday School class liked the Lifeguide format and consequently used many of the guides. So I have first-hand experience, in an actual classroom setting, using many of the books in this series.

I say all that to say this: This particular guide is the best, in my opinion, in this series. There are a couple of reasons for that. Some of the questions in these guides tend to be more subjectively
Feb 28, 2012 Ian rated it it was amazing
The Sermon on the Mount is so pivotal to Jesus ministry and our understanding of the life Jesus calls us to. So it's important we do indeed study it and meditate on the verses as well as their meaning.

Stott's commentary is an excellent guide to the Sermon and provides a comprehensive study of it.

It is challenging as Stott considers and evaluates many other commentators, both those who were supporters and also the skeptics. But this is one of the reasons it is so compelling a read. He has obvious
Craig Prather
Sep 23, 2015 Craig Prather rated it really liked it
I felt this book was very insightful in terms of the exegesis of the sermon on the mount and application in a post-modern society. Stott brings several cultural elements to the table along with usage of hyperbole, metaphor, and other literary devices to expound upon this great sermon of Jesus Christ. Definitely worth reading if you would like to investigate the sermon on the mount in more detail.
Kingsley Layton
Jun 08, 2015 Kingsley Layton rated it really liked it
Solid stuff about the Be attitudes from Stott.
Adam Ross
May 11, 2013 Adam Ross rated it it was ok
Shelves: theology
Stott's understanding of the Sermon is pretty standard and representative of the average evangelical view, which sees it as something Jesus did to escape the crowds, which exemplifies a moral standard too high to actually live by, which intensifies the externals of the OT law. None of these things are true of the Sermon, which was addressed to the crowds, exemplifies a standard of holiness that Christians can live up to, and which is focused on the modification of behavior, not heart motivations ...more
John Avery
Dec 27, 2013 John Avery rated it it was amazing
The best book that I have ever read on Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. Stott is a scholar who knows how to write for the average Christian. He makes the message of Jesus understandable and applicable. The original meaning is explained in terms of what Jesus probably meant by some of His more obscure comments. The essence of the message is applied to modern life.
Oct 22, 2012 Nick rated it liked it
I'm almost done teaching the Sermon on the Mount to the high school students at church. Read commentaries by Stott, D.A. Carson and Martin Lloyd-Jones. I found Martin Lloyd-Jones' "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" the most helpful for teaching, though Stott and Carson were great for explaining the difficult sections (all of it, basically) and the tough issues surrounding the sermon as a whole.

Steve Shuford
Jul 30, 2008 Steve Shuford rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading this book for class and it was a blessing to me. I can now say that I have a more in-depth understanding of these chapters. From the Beatitudes to Jesus' warning of False Prophets, it was a blessing to read this book. Stott seemed to use an approach that mixed exposition and devotion, and I recommend this book to any Christian.
Daniel Alvers
Jun 16, 2016 Daniel Alvers rated it really liked it
This is a great work on the Sermon on the Mount that was helpful as a short practical commentary. I wouldn't say you absolutely need this work but it is a great supplement to the work of Martyn Lloyd-Jones and D.A. Carson's work on the Sermon on the Mount.
Jun 26, 2009 John rated it really liked it
Not quite sermonic, not quite a commentary Stott's book manages to strike a good balance between exposition, engagement with cultural themes/issues (perhaps Stott's greatest strength), and application (perhaps his weakest).
Matt Carpenter
Sep 14, 2013 Matt Carpenter rated it liked it
It is good in most spots. The biggest problem (interpretive disagreements aside) is that some passages only received a light skimming. This book is more for devotional use than as a true commentary.
Jan 20, 2012 Sonny rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Sonny by: Don Bryant
Shelves: biblical-studies
An astounding book that helped me see so many things in scripture that I had never before seen. I would put it near the top of the list of books I would recommend that others read.
May 12, 2013 Pam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good small group study. Some of the questions were a bit repetitive and awkwardly written.

*note: answer to most study questions found in the back of book!!
A.J. Jr.
Jun 06, 2013 A.J. Jr. rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book and it should be read by everyone who is trying to be a disciple of Christ, which isn't at all an easy to do. A must read!
Joshua D.
Aug 10, 2015 Joshua D. rated it really liked it
Stott is probably my favorite scholar-pastor. Again, he doesn't disappoint. This is my go-to commentary on the Sermon on the Mount.
Jun 06, 2013 Susan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
Published in 1978, yet very relevant insights and thought-provoking questions applicable today. Marks of a good commentary.
Perry Malphrus
Mar 06, 2013 Perry Malphrus rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Any Bible student/pastor
Excellent Exposition and historical study of Jesus, The Christ's most famous message when He walked among men.
Feb 01, 2014 David rated it it was amazing
For the layperson, the best commentary on the sermon on the mount. Maybe the best overall!
Jun 13, 2010 Robert is currently reading it
A very good book on the teaching of Jesus on how we ought, no need to live.
Timberly Eckelmann
Jul 29, 2009 Timberly Eckelmann rated it really liked it
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Careful exposition of Sermon on the Mount with contemporary application.
Bauer Evans
Aug 27, 2013 Bauer Evans rated it really liked it
Great introduction to Jesus' well-known sermon
Michael Coyle
Jan 13, 2013 Michael Coyle rated it it was amazing
A must read.
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John R. W. Stott was known worldwide as a preacher, evangelist and teacher of Scripture. He was ordained in 1945 and for most of his years served in various capacities at All Souls Church in London, where he carried out an effective urban pastoral ministry. A leader among evangelicals in Britain, the United States and even around the world, Stott was a principal framer of the landmark Lausanne Cov ...more
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