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The Message of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7 : Christian Counter-Culture) Paperback – March 22, 1985
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Stott's book fills that void. He masterfully explains and applies the text to life, and he always gives you something to chew on in digestible form. In addition to owning one or two technical commentaries on Matthew, I recommend picking up this little book if you are preaching or studying Matthew 5-7.
Rev. Marc Axelrod
Although this book is, in the meantime, almost 30 years old, it remains as timeless as the Bible chapters on which it is commenting - and as a reminder of what a tremendous gift John Stott has been to the church in his role as teacher and author. His "Message of the Sermon on the Mount" has a number of characteristics which make it more or less ideal as a guide through three of the New Testament's most fascinating, but also most difficult chapters. The first of these characteristics is its intellectual plausibility and good sense: Stott nowhere speculates, never goes off at a tangent, but always gives a thorough, intelligent, well thought-out explanation of the text that takes account of opposing views but counters these with irrefutable arguments. The second characteristic is its theological orthodoxy, coupled however with broadness of scope, awareness of other positions and honesty in the face of difficulties. Stott is never dogmatically narrow-minded, but always loyal not only to the ipsa verba, but to the very spirit of the Biblical text - something that should warm every Christian's heart. A third characteristic is Stott's familiarity with the literature and his adeptness in providing apt quotes at just the right moment. And he does not limit himself here to other commentaries or to parallel Bible verses; there is a liberal sprinkling of pithy comment from Augustine and Chrysostom from the early church period, from the great reformers Luther and Calvin, and from more modern theologians and thinkers of various schools, e. g.Read more ›
Read this book please. You won't be disapointed. (only if you're willing to accept challenge)
The concept of Christians as a counter culture - a concept a bit dated in these days of churches that surf culture - is important. There ought to be a difference, and it ought to be based on "what did Jesus teach."
on the Mount of how He wanted his disciples (then and now) to think and act was very illuminating. Stott's choice of the term "counter-culture" for this manifesto seems very fitting since the details of the Sermon show
how the believer's way is so at odds with the ways of the secular world. Stott writes with voice that is insightful
and inspired. This is the first book of his that I have read and studied. It will certainly not be the last!
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 obviously read far and wide and often enthusiastically endorses another commentator's perspective.
Even though the Sermon focuses on ideals and values by which we should live, at all times Stott keeps pointing us back to Jesus. He should be our focus, not ourselves.
Stott wraps it up poignantly with added emphasis on the authority and majesty of the writer - Jesus.
I know I'll be referring back to this study many times in the future.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Purchased this book before our pastor starts a sermon from Matthew 5-7. John Stott commentary is excellent.....Published 2 days ago by Steve
For many Christian readers, this may take the guesswork out of the Sermon on the Mount, the beatitudes, Christian living, the kingdom and genuine salvation. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jadi
Very well written. should A Christian in 2015 obey these teaching's? buy you one you want be disappointed never look at sermon on mount in same way again!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excelent commentary! John Stott does a masterful job explaining the text, connecting the pieces the whole, and relating Scripture to real life. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Andrew James
This book and Martin Lloyd-Jones' book on the subject are invaluable aids to understanding what it means to be Christ's disciple.Published 6 months ago by 902 Little Bend Rd.
Very well written. Understandable for anyone desiring a deeper understanding with little bible knowledge.Published 7 months ago by hubert pickett