Scripture Reference: Matthew 5:17-20, Philippians 3:7-11
Takes More Than ReligionDr. Warren W. Wiersbe | July 10, 1977
Selected highlights from this sermon
Do you realize that it is harder to follow the Sermon on the Mount than it is to obey the Ten Commandments? As Pastor Wiersbe explains, the Ten Commandments deal with outward actions while the Sermon on the Mount addresses a person’s inward attitude and motive for what they do.
Is your inward motive to glorify God and seek His righteousness? Or are you like the Pharisees, concerned with external appearances?
Transcripts for Dr. Wiersbe's sermons are forthcoming. Below is an outline of his message.
God is looking for righteousness, and God is providing righteousness.
Jesus did not come to destroy past teaching but to fulfill it.
In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus takes the moral law and applies it to today.
It is much harder to follow the Sermon on the Mount than the Ten Commandments.
The Ten Commandments deal with outward actions, while the Sermon on the Mount addresses inward attitudes and motives.
How often do you think about the righteous demands of our holy God?
If we are going to get in or grow in the kingdom of God, we need righteousness.
Three relationships to the moral law of God:
- Jesus fulfilled the law.
- Jesus spoke with authority.
- He exposes the true meaning of the law.
- He fulfilled the law by His life, death, resurrection, and teaching.
- Pharisees destroyed the law.
- If all we do as a church is preserve the doctrines of the church and don’t invest them, we destroy them.
- They replaced the law with traditions.
- The Pharisees had an external righteousness, but Jesus gives an internal righteousness.
- Theirs was a righteousness of self-effort, but Jesus gives righteousness as a gift.
- We must do it and teach it.
- We can’t follow the law on our own.
- When we admit that we can’t do it, God can come in and do it for us.
Whose righteousness do you depend on?