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The Message of the Sermon on the Mount

(The Bible Speaks Today: New Testament)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  642 ratings  ·  57 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, ...more
Paperback, 238 pages
Published February 22nd 1985 by IVP Academic (first published January 1st 1978)
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Dan Wolgemuth
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One for the ages. John Stott unpacks the familiar with fresh and powerful insight. Compelling. Engaging. Rich. Bring your highlighter. Get ready to Tweet. More importantly, be ready to grow and change.
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“For here is the picture of God’s alternative society. These are the standards, the values and the priorities of the kingdom of God. To often the church has turned away from this challenge and sunk into a bourgeois, conformist respectability. At such times it is almost indistinguishable from the world, and has lost its saltiness, it’s light is extinguished and it repels all idealists. For it gives no evidence that it is God’s new society which is tasting already the joys and powers of the age to ...more
Ross H
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: commentaries, 2018
Helpful, clear, insightful, and accessible.
Peter Krol
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: commentaries
Love Stott’s commentaries. Nothing like them. This was no exception.
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Every time I read something by John Stott I think about how evangelicalism in the UK is different than that in the US.
Chris Wilson
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I've read of Stott's outside of the small distillation of this work earlier in preparation for preaching through the Sermon on the Mount. That being said, it was a wakeup call to the genius of John Stott and why so many throughout the years have benefitted from his work. This is a commentary rooted not in academia for academia's sake, rather it is grounded in the pulpit and pew where the sermon would be preached.

As I continue to grow and develop as a pastor the one thing I
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
This is a Biblical commentary on the Sermon of the Mount. The (renowned!) author is very thoughtful and provided discussions on various topics that are on a tangent to the text. He presented a very structured, organized purview of the Sermon of the Mount. If you like reading Bible commentaries, this is perhaps one of the best out there. The setback of reading Bible commentaries for pleasure is that there is few personal illustrations, analogies or human interest vignettes.
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Solid, solid commentary on the Sermon on the Mount. Used it as my primary resource for my sermon series (ending this Sunday) on Matthew 5 to 7. Probably good for personal study but not flashy. Just good exposition; the application is in living Christ's message out.
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
I love this series of studies and John Stotts book is great. Challenging and also enlightening and above all leads me to want to live differently.
Oct 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Stott draws the line clearly: the Sermon on the Mount was not a discourse on self-help but a radical call to a counter-cultural lifestyle on which eternal destiny hangs.
Ross A.
Aug 23, 2019 rated it liked it
An important read, but a much more difficult read that expected. Will look for another study guide on the subject.
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent, clear, insightful, able to sum up so much content in such a concise manner.
Marty Taylor
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great resource for understanding and teaching the SOTM. Stott is very approachable.
Stephane Chartrand
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Alright, but does not compare to Lloyd-Jones's Studies on the sermon on the mount!
Mark Roossinck
As usual, Stott does a great job in his presentation of the material. A lot of great insights about the Biblical text.
Bobby Oliveri
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Timely, prophetic, and uniquely insightful. Perfect for devotions, bible study, or commentary.
Justin Dillehay
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Few modern theologians write as clearly and eloquently as Stott.
I feel like 3 stars are often used for critical reviews, but overall I liked it. It provided a good explanation of the Sermon and I highlighted a number of Stott's passages. I also felt parts of it were dry and overly wordy. The end of the book has an extensive guide on using the book for group study. My fault, but since I was reading the Kindle edition I didn't see it until I finished, I wish that section would have been mentioned in the introduction.
J. R.
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pilgrim
I first read this book back in the 1980s, but it is the sort of book that can be useful to read regularly. It presents an important picture of how to take Jesus' teaching seriously and apply it in today's world and our relationships here and now.
Barney Wiget
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book on the Sermon! Stott, one of my favorite commentators.
Bret James Stewart
Jul 14, 2015 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 ...more
Mar 21, 2016 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
An Te
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have benefited greatly from reading John Stott's volume on the Sermon on the Mount. It is relatively short, concise and brings many elements of theology, exposition and practical application for the needs of most Christians. I agree, in spirit, with the comment made by Trevor regarding that there is a strong pastoral focus on this commentary. However, I feel it is perhaps necessary for a Christian to understand through his or her journey of walking and wrestling with the sayings of Jesus, as ...more
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 ...more
Ben Connelly
Mar 27, 2011 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,
Feb 13, 2012 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
Adam Ross
Apr 16, 2009 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 ...more
May 25, 2012 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.

Craig Prather
Aug 23, 2015 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.
Scott Head
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: commentaries
This is a more expanded but similarly approachable treatment of the Sermon on the Mount, drawing a reader well into the depth of the Lord's radical message of counter cultural Christian life. This has been, so far, my most helpful resource on this message, and is strong on application points while providing exegetical effort for understanding the text accurately. This is a strongly recommended guide to the Sermon on the Mount.
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John R. W. Stott is known worldwide as a preacher, evangelist, and communicator of Scripture. For many years he served as rector of All Souls Church in London, where he carried out an effective urban pastoral ministry. A leader among evangelicals in Britain, the United States and around the world, Stott was a principal framer of the landmark Lausanne Covenant (1974). His many books, including Why ...more

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