“Living out the Sermon on the Mount means anchoring your life to the rock of Jesus Christ.”

Jesus finished the Sermon on the Mount with a simple but powerful image: homes built either on sand or on the rock. One is fragile and eventually washed away; the other is secure and withstands the storm. In this image Jesus is summing up the entire Sermon. What is above ground and external can be beautiful, but anchored to sand. It will eventually fall. But what is anchored to the rock—to Jesus himself—brings a perfect stability that can withstand anything. Only by building on the rock will we be empowered to live out the Sermon on the Mount, not as an ideal but as a reality.

Application Questions

1. When you think about your life, do you tend to focus more on the house (the externals you build) or the foundation (what's underneath that holds you up)?

2. How have you experienced the freedom and security of building your life on the rock of Jesus? Are there ways you still live as though your foundation is fragile?  

3. What about the foundation of Jesus Christ allows you to live out the Sermon on the Mount in your day to day life? How can you embrace that more this week?

Further Resources

“The Inside-Out Kingdom” by Tim Keller

Rejoicing in Christ by Michael Reeves

Reading Plan and Prayer Guide

Below are scriptures to help you meditate on today’s sermon topic throughout the week:

Monday: James 1:22-27
Tuesday: 1 John 2:1-6
Wednesday: John 15:1-11
Thursday: Philippians 3:1-16
Friday: Ephesians 3:14-21

As you meditate on the scriptures above, use these prompts to help you engage with God in prayer:

Insight: Ask God to open your eyes so you can see the truth in his word.

Confess: Admit to God where you are failing to enjoy Christ as your solid rock.

Wrestle: Work through your feelings, thoughts, and emotions with God in prayer.

Request: Ask God to help you live out the Sermon on the Mount in tangible ways.

Brian Colmery

Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.

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