Sermon on the Mount

Jul 22, 2018
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Notes From the Climb: May – July 2018

  • Good works are not substitutes for grace, they are expressions of obedience that foreshadow the disposition of the converted.
  • “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children;” – Ephesians 5:1 NASB
  • Sunday is just another day of the week, the Sabbath must be created, a sign between us and God.
  • Prayer is a union of minds, we can unite with God or others around us.
  • Key terms from the sermon on the mount:
    • Meek = mild = non-violent
    • Blessed = happy and prosperous
    • Merciful = compassionate = a heart easily moved by the suffering or distress of others
    • Pure = clean = free from foreign matter
    • Peace = freedom from conflict
  • We come unto Christ by drawing near to him, not in physical, but dispositional proximity.
  • The word brass in Hebrew is nachosheth which means copper.
    • Brass items in scripture include:
      • Moses’ serpent
      • Liahona
      • Laban’s plates
      • Temple basin on the back of 12 oxen
      • Solomon’s 2 pillars
  • “If there were no Book of Mormon, the promised gathering of Israel would not occur.” – Pres. Nelson
  • The meaning of the tree in Nephi’s vision (the love of God) was the same as what he already knew about God, that he “loveth his children.” The answer didn’t deliver new information in that regard, but it allowed him to see what he already knew in a greater context. (Knowing is one thing, understanding the meaning is another).
    • Lehi: “[the fruit] was desirable above all other fruit” – 1 Ne. 8:12
    • Nephi: [the tree] is the most desirable above all things.” – 1 Ne. 11:22
  • “My joy is more full because of the success of my brethren.” – Alma 29:14
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May 18, 2018
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The Three Things Required to Build Upon The Rock of Christ

There are 3 things that Jesus taught that enable one to build upon what he called his “rock.”

Building upon his rock is critical to find safety from the floods and winds that cause one to fall and be received into “the gates of hell.” (3 Nephi 11:39-40,14:27,18:13)

The fact that Jesus mentions building upon his rock 3 times in his visit to the ancient American survivors soon after his resurrection should catch our attention. The number 3 is associated with themes such as divine influence or emphasis and structure. When things come in threes, take note because something important is being shared!

1. The Rock of His Doctrine

The first way to build upon the rock of Christ is mentioned in 3 Nephi 11 and is part of the first things that he taught the gathered survivors in Bountiful. Jesus expresses his concern about disputations and contention (3 Nephi 11:29-30) among the people and desires to abolish it by clearly defining what his doctrine is and mentions the phrase “my doctrine” 8 times and “this is my doctrine” 4 times.

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