This website is dedicated to the chapters containing the “Sermon on the Mount” found in Matthew 5-7, and 3 Nephi 12-14. These six chapters from God’s holy word contains some of the most significant verses in scripture ever recorded.
As a retired corporate executive, small business owner and volunteer Sunday School teacher, I have found the chapters containing the “Sermon on the Mount” recorded in Matthew 5-7 to be my favorite scriptures to teach.
It is important to note that soon after John baptized Jesus (see Matthew 3:13-17) that He fasted forty days, and is tempted (see Matthew 4:1-11). After being ministered unto by angels, He began His mortal ministry saying, “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17) then He called disciples to be part of His ministry as “fishers of men” (see Matthew 4:18-22).
As His fame went throughout all Syria great multitudes of people followed Him (see Matthew 4:24-25). This is the opening context leading Him “up into a mountain” (Matthew 5:1), where he opens His mouth teaching the Sermon on the Mount.
I consider this context to be of great significance just like how His brief ministry in ancient America around A.D. 34 begins among His “other sheep” (John 10:16). First, the resurrected Savior introduces to the people gathered who He is, calls His Nephite disciples, gives them the authority to baptize then teaches His doctrine (see 3 Nephi 11).
After establishing who He is and His doctrine, Jesus teaches the same principles at the temple in Bountiful found in the book of 3 Nephi 12-14 in the Book of Mormon that He taught on the mountain near Galilee in Matthew 5-7 in the Bible.
As you reflect on the Savior’s teachings visually represented on this website, know that I accept Jesus Christ with all my heart as my Lord and Savior. I believe that He is the Son of God, born of Mary in Bethlehem, lived a sinless life, and made a perfect atonement for the sins of all God’s children by the shedding His blood in the Garden of Gethsemane and the giving of His life on the cross at Calvary.
I believe that on the third day, Jesus Christ rose from the dead, thus assuring the eventual resurrection of all humanity. Through Jesus’ Atonement and Resurrection, those who repent of their sins and obey God’s commandments can return to the presence of God to live eternally with Jesus and the Father.
Jesus Christ is the greatest being to be born on this earth. His life is the perfect example of how all of us should live no matter when we are born. I believe that He became our Savior because He loves us perfectly and that He wants us to come unto Him. I believe that coming unto Christ is made easier when we apply the principles He taught in the Sermon on the Mount.
The Sermon on the Mount: A More Excellent Way Everyday is intended to create a visual representation of the timeless invitations and warnings given by our Savior near the beginning of His mortal ministry. As you study these verses, you will see how relevant these teachings are for us living in these troubled times.
The verses reflected with each drawing are quoted directly from the King James version of the Bible. The images are my interpretation of the visual meaning of the different invitations and warnings through the drawings of Ken Plumb.
This website was created through Sean Popke to help the visual learner better appreciate what the Savior has invited each of us to do. As you study each invitation and warning, you will see how they build and reinforce each other.
One way to get maximum benefit from this site is through the application of the of “RSVP + M” formula to our Savior’s Sermon on the Mount. The “R” is for read, “S” is for study, “V” is for visualizing, “P” is for pondering and “M” is for memorizing. This is a proven formula for getting more out of your personal scripture study.
The first teachings in this sermon are known as the Beatitudes (see Matthew 5:1–12). The word beatitude comes from the Latin beatus, which means fortunate, happy, or blessed. I believe the Savior gave us these verses to show us how to become like Him during our mortal experience on earth. The Beatitudes are arranged in such a way that each statement builds upon the one that precedes it.
As you ponder the meaning of the remaining verses found in the Sermon on the Mount, I would encourage you to pay the closest attention to those that include “Ye have heard that it was said.” Jesus used these words when he referred to commandments that were part of the law of Moses. Where you see, “But I say unto you,” Jesus used these words when he taught his disciples His higher law. It is in our living this higher law with consistency and diligence that helps us become like the Savior, today.
I know that the teachings found in the Sermon on the Mount are timeless and are intended as much for us today as they were for those who heard Jesus say these words live. These words are intended to help us come unto Christ and be perfected in Him.
I believe that we become true disciples of Jesus Christ through the righteous decisions we make that shape how we live our lives. Our ability to make righteous decisions is made easier as we apply these teachings everyday.
His promise is that by adopting His eleven invitations and avoiding the sixteen pitfalls He is warning us of, we will find greater joy in this life and eternal life in the world to come.
My hope is that as you give thought to these invitations and warnings from The Sermon on the Mount: A More Excellent Way Everyday, you will choose one to focus on during the coming week.
To help you apply these teachings each invitation and warning have application exercises to help you develop mastery in your life to live according to these teachings from the Savior. I know that as we each develop self-mastery as modeled by the Savior, we develop a sure foundation that will strengthen us to withstand whatever trials or temptations we experience.
If the organization and artwork of this site have inspired you to become a better disciple of Jesus Christ, I would love for you to share your story, insights and any improvement suggestions you have in the “Your Thoughts” section located near the bottom of each page.
My hope is that people will use the “Your Thoughts” section of the site to share their insights, wisdom, perspective, and experiences with all of us who are striving to become more like Jesus.
May the Lord bless you as you come unto Him by applying the principles, He lives and taught, is my prayer, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Author of “The Sermon on the Mount: a more excellent way everyday”
Special note: click here to see a consolidated view of the more excellent way model from the perspective of a business leader. This view helped me to see the interconnectedness of the teachings of Jesus given to us through His Sermon on the Mount.