To appreciate this consolidated view, it is important that I share a little background on me. I am a retired corporate executive and small business owner who has been a volunteer Sunday Shool teacher from May 2006 through October 2016. Over these years I have taught nearly 500 Sunday School lessons.
In February of 2011, I taught the Matthew 5-7 lessons associated with our New Testament Gospel Doctrine class. After teaching these two lessons, I found myself reflecting more and more on the messages found in these three chapters. This led me to see these 111 verses as 11 distinct invitations and 16 warnings intended to help us live a more excellent way everyday as reflected above.
Because I’m a visual learner, I started to picture in my mind’s eye a visual representation of each invitation and warning. Since we owned a graphics and signage company at the time, I had access to design resources were I enrolled Ken Plumb our Graphic Designer to help me bring forward the scripture visual to what you see on this site.
My initial intent was to publish a booklet that had only the visual and verses associated with each invitation and warning with no additional content by invitation and warning. This was done in February of 2015 when I retaught the Sermon on the Mount lessons. (click here to download the original booklet.) Note: please place a link here to the download page.
In giving out copies of “The Sermon on the Mount: A More Excellent Way Everyday” timeless invitations and warnings from our Savior as found in the Book of Matthew what I came to appreciate is people wanted more content to help them comprehend the meaning associated with each invitation and warning.
This led me to a deeper study of Matthew 5 – 7 and 3 Nephi 12 – 14 so that I could offer meaningful scripture discussion content for each invitation and warning. As I did this, I began to see application exercises that could help people better incorporate the invitations and warnings that they feel are missing in their life.
As this came together, I decided to publish this work through a website as a way to open up the discussion on one of our Savior’s most significant sermons ever recorded in scripture. My hope is that people wiser and more insightful than I am will help me further refine and develop this foundational thinking to living a more Christlike life.
Back to the consolidated view of the more excellent way model. Through my career, I was consistently valued for two things. One is to set the strategy, structure, and processes that align company resources with customer needs, and the other is execute, through a metrics driven leadership style that produces results.
The life experiences I have had doing this led me to look at the more excellent way model through the lenses of mission statement, objectives, strategy, and tactics. I am not an ordained minister; I am a business leader who volunteers as a Sunday school teacher, so this perspective helped me see the interconnectedness throughout this sermon.
As I looked at the Sermon on the Mount from the perspective of foundational business terms, it helped me to see how perfectly interconnected and significant, each of the 111 verses are. To best appreciate this consolidated view, it is important to understand some basic business terminology:
|Mission Statement||Written declaration of an organization’s core purpose and focus that normally remains unchanged over time. Properly crafted mission statements serve as filters to separate what is important from what is not, clearly state which markets will be served and how, and communicate a sense of intended direction to the entire organization. 1|
|Objectives and Goals||A specific result that a person or system aims to achieve within a time frame and with available resources. Objectives are more specific and easier to measure than goals. Objectives underlie all planning and strategic activities serving as the basis for creating policy and evaluating performance.
Some examples of business objectives include minimizing expenses, expanding internationally, or making a profit. 2
|Strategy||A method or plan chosen to bring about the desired future, such as achievement of a goal or solution to a problem. 3|
|Tactics||Means by which a strategy is carried out; planned and ad hoc activities meant to deal with the demands of the moment, and to move from one strategic milestone to another in pursuit of the overall objective and goal(s). 4|
Now look at the more excellent way model through these business lenses to better appreciate how the Savior’s sermon will not only help us live a more fulfilling mortal life it is the way to immortality and eternal life.
|Business Term||As seen through the Savior’s Sermon on the Mount|
|Mission Statement||“For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39).|
|Objectives and Goals||Beatitudes are eight attributes with promised blessings that form a refined spiritual character (see Matthew 5:3-12).|
|Strategy||Five higher laws that lead us to becoming perfect even as our Father which is in heaven is perfect (see Matthew 5:17-48).|
|Tactics||Nineteen characteristics of a True Disciple of Jesus Christ divided into four distinct areas of emphasis:
(see Matthew 5:13-16; 6:1-34; 7:1-29)
Again, the goal of this site is to initiate a discussion on the inspired meaning and application of the Savior’s Sermon on the Mount. I know that the 11 invitations help us to live a more excellent way everyday and that the 16 warnings will protect us from the perils and difficulties of life that keep us from receiving our reward in Heaven.
Should you see any improvement opportunities on this site, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org, so I can continuously improve what has become a labor of love since 2011 for our Savior and my brothers and sisters striving to become disciples of Christ.
1 Business Dictionary, “Mission-Statement”; businessdictionary.com
2 Business Dictionary, “Objective”; businessdictionary.com
3 Business Dictionary, “Strategy”; businessdictionary.com
4 Business Dictionary, “Tactics”; businessdictionary.com