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The Rev. Nathan Buttery: Two audio sermons on the Sermon on the Mount

August 27, 2009

Here are two additional audio sermons in a series on the Sermon on the Mount, these being by the Rev. Nathan Buttery of St. Andrew the Great in the United Kingdom.  These sermons are based on Matthew 5:27-32 and Matthew 5:33-48 respectively:

St. Andrew the Great has excellent preaching, and these two sermons are no exception.  Rev. Buttery’s messages go well with something Bishop Ryle writes about Matthew 5:38-48:

The Lord Jesus forbids everything like an unforgiving and revengeful spirit. A readiness to resent injuries–a quickness in taking offence–a quarrelsome and contentious disposition–a keenness in asserting our rights–all, all are contrary to the mind of Christ. The world may see no harm in these habits of mind. But they do not correspond to the character of the Christian. Our Master says, “Don’t resist him who is evil.”

The Lord Jesus enjoins on us a spirit of universal love and charity. We ought to put away all malice. We ought to return good for evil, and blessing for cursing. We ought to “love even our enemies.” Moreover we are not to love in word only, but in deed. We are to deny ourselves, and take trouble, in order to be kind and courteous. If any man “compels you to go one mile, go with him two.” We are to put up with much and bear much, rather than hurt another, or give offence. In all things we are to be unselfish. Our thought must never be, “how do others behave to me?” but “what would Christ have me to do?”

A standard of conduct like this may seem, at first sight, extravagantly high. But we must never content ourselves with aiming at one lower.

Fitting words from J.C. Ryle to complement these audio messages!

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