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A Special Christmas Worship Event

Don't miss this years Christmas Musical offered by the Mt. Olivet Baptist Choir. Our choir has worked very hard on this year's special worship service. You will definitely want to invite someone to come along with you.

Sunday, December 12th, 6pm

Mt. Olivet Baptist

7463 Hickory Ridge Road

Mt. Juliet, TN 37122

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A Crowd of One

Last week we looked at two groups who gathered around Jesus as He preached His Sermon on the Mount. We saw "the crowd" and His disciples. This week, let's look at another interesting part of Matthew 5:1-2.

As a reminder:

Matthew 5:1-2 reads: "Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and He began to teach them." (NIV)

When Jesus saw the crowd He sat down and began to teach them. One might simply read this and pass by with out another thought. However, Jesus is being an example for us today. When Jesus saw the crowds gathering, He took the opportunity to teach them how to be successful and happy. Notice Jesus did not say follow me or you are going to die and go to hell. Jesus engaged them in a subject that was important to them, how to be happy and successful in this life. He shared with them what is truly important in this life. Who does not want to know the answer to these questions?

How many opportunities have you and I had when crowds are gathered that we could have shared with them the true secret of life? Crowds do not have to be hundreds of people. A crowd can be a few co-workers in the breakroom, classmates gathered in a study session or even one person who is curious or struggling through life.

If we look around, God will put before us the opportunities to share the teachings of Jesus with others. Even if it is a "Crowd of One." Will you take the opportunity today that God has given you?

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Part of the Crowd or A Disciple?

We have enjoyed several weeks in the introduction to the Sermon on the Mount. This week we will conclude that introduction (Matthew 5:1-16).

Each time we have gathered we have read the entire introduction as we focused on a specific section or passage for the day. I would like to draw your attention back to the very beginning (Matt 5:1). Notice there are two groups of people who are a witness to Jesus' teaching on the true Christian life.

Matthew 5:1 reads: "Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him," (NIV)

Do you see the two groups of people gathered around? The first group is the crowds and the second group is Jesus' disciples. The "crowds" represent a larger group of people who are simply around Jesus. Some may want to hear what He has to say or catch a glimpse of this man that is becoming famous. Perhaps they were simply walking by that day and were swept up in the excitement of it all or simply could not get away.

The second group we see as witnesses to Jesus' sermon are His disciples. His disciples are a smaller group within the crowd that are set apart and are different from all the rest. These disciples have made a commitment to follow Jesus, to learn from Jesus and to fashion their life after their teacher.

The difference between the two groups can be summed up in one word: Commitment. Both of these groups can be found today in the world, in our communities, in our families and even in our churches. There is one group, "the crowd", that likes to be around what is happening, may have some interest and even curious about what is being taught but makes no commitment to follow Jesus. And then there are those who have sold out to Christ. True followers of Christ have made a commitment to allow His teachings to direct their lives and make every effort to follow His instructions in their daily walk.

Are you living as a true follower of Christ or are you traversing through life as part of the crowd? That is a question we all must ask ourselves daily.

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