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

4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  315 ratings  ·  23 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 February 22nd 1985 by IVP Academic (first published January 1st 1978)
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Stott provides a good exposition of Matt 5-7. He explains the text in ways that are directly applicable to the lives of Christians today while still loyal to the original context. However, the book is not very theological and occasionally leans too heavily on the practical application at expense to the rich theology that it provides (he does touch on this somewhat, particularly in his conclusion). As indicated by the subtitle, Stott focuses on his view of the Sermon as a “Christian counter-cultu ...more
Ben Connelly
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,
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
Adam Ross
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
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.
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.

Read this as we preached through the Sermon on the Mount. Typical John Stott -- understated, useful, surprisingly contemporary, personally convicting. A great introductory commentary, particularly helpful in thinking about practical applications. I thought he slightly overemphasised the external applications of the Sermon ("Christian counter-culture") instead of the internal "heart" applications.
Steve Shuford
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.
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
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 5 of 5 stars
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.
A.J. Jr.
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!
Jun 06, 2013 Susan rated it 5 of 5 stars
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 4 of 5 stars
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.
For the layperson, the best commentary on the sermon on the mount. Maybe the best overall!
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A very good book on the teaching of Jesus on how we ought, no need to live.
Timberly Eckelmann
Careful exposition of Sermon on the Mount with contemporary application.
Excelente libro que trata sobre lo que realmente significa ser cristiano.
Bauer Evans
Great introduction to Jesus' well-known sermon
Like Ciff's notes for the Lloyd-Jones exposition.
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John R. W. Stott is known worldwide as a preacher, evangelist and teacher of Scripture. He was ordained in 1945 and for most of his years has 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 ...more
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