Unit 23, Session 1: The Sermon on the Mount

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Unit 23, Session 1: The Sermon on the Mount

One of Jesus’ most well-known teachings is the Sermon on the Mount. On that day, crowds of people had come to hear Jesus. Jesus went up on a mountain in Galilee, sat down, and began to teach.

Jesus’ sermon is recorded across three chapters in the Gospel of Matthew, 5–7, and it tells how believers should live. While Matthew 5:1-2 specifies that Jesus taught His disciples, Matthew 7:28 reveals that the crowds listened to His sermon as well.

First, Jesus began with the Beatitudes. The Beatitudes describe God’s great blessings for believers. God’s kingdom belongs to the spiritually needy, God will comfort those who are sad, and God will give mercy to those who show mercy to others. Jesus gives believers reason to be glad when life on earth is hard because great rewards await in heaven.

Jesus also taught how believers should live in a world that does not honor Him. Jesus called believers “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world” (Matt. 5:13-14). He said the good works of His followers should cause others to give glory to God.

God’s people had the law of Moses, but some of them—the Pharisees, in particular—were concerned mostly with the appearance of being righteous. They tried hard to look righteous on the outside, but it was all an act. Jesus warned against hypocrites, people who pretend to be something they’re not. When a person knows and loves Jesus, he or she has a changed heart that wants to honor Jesus.

Jesus taught people what it means to follow Him. He taught how people should live, how they should treat one another, and how to love God. People who trust in Jesus live to honor God and show what His kingdom is like.


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The Sermon on the Mount
 Matthew 5–7

 

Jesus taught people what it means to follow Him. He taught how people should live, how they should treat one another, and how to love God. People who trust in Jesus live to honor God and show what His kingdom is like.


STORY POINT:

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KEY VERSE:

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BIG PICTURE
QUESTION:

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Family Discussion Questions

  • What makes God’s kingdom so different from earthly kingdoms?
  • Where does sin start in our lives?
  • Why is it good to love those who do not love us?
  • Is it hard or easy to follow rules? Why?
  • Who needs Jesus—rule-followers or rule-breakers? Why?
  • What surprises you about Jesus’ teachings?

Worship

Game Ideas

Around the World 

 

-Instruct kids to sit in a circle.
 
-Choose one player to be It.
 
-She will stand next to a seated player.
 
-Explain that you will say a word.
 
-It and the seated player will race to say the opposite of the word.
 
-If It correctly responds first, she will move to the next seated player.
 
-If the seated player responds first, It takes his seat and he becomes It.

-Play continues around the circle.
 
-The first player to respond correctly moves on, and the other player sits down.

-Continue until one player makes it all the way around the circle and back to her seat.
 
 
 

                                                                     CONNECTION:

When Jesus came to earth, He taught about God and His kingdom. The kingdom of God is very different from the ways of the world. In many ways, God’s kingdom is the opposite of the world. Today, we will found out what God’s kingdom is like.

Sing the Beatitudes

 

-Sing the words of the Beatitudes from the Preschool Bible Story or Matthew 5:3-10 to the tune of “Are You Sleeping?”

-If you are unfamiliar with the tune look it up online before the session.
 
-For Beatitudes where there are not enough syllables to complete the verse, add “Jesus said” at the end.
 
-For example, “‘Blessed are, blessed are those who mourn, those who mourn.
for they will be comforted, for they will be comforted,’ Jesus said, Jesus said.”

 
 
CONNECTION:
 
We sang the Beatitudes! These words Jesus taught are called the Beatitudes. The Beatitudes describe people who are happy in God’s kingdom. Jesus taught people about God’s kingdom. God’s kingdom is different from kingdoms on earth. God does not need us to be big or strong. Instead, He says we will be humble, merciful, pure in heart, and eager for righteousness when we follow Him. Those who follow God are blessed—or happy in Him.

Serving
Jesus

You're never too young to serve Jesus!

Call a local food bank or rescue mission and see what items they may be needing. Gather food or items as a family and drop them off for people who may be needing them.