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The Sermon on the Mount: The Character of a Disciple [Paperback]

By Daniel M. Doriani (Author)
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An explanation of the Sermon on the Mount, the word of king Jesus to his people, that also puts it in its scriptural context

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An explanation of the Sermon on the Mount, the word of king Jesus to his people, that also puts it in its scriptural context.

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Studio: P & R Publishing
Pages   328
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.98" Width: 6.02" Height: 0.69"
Weight:   0.78 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2006
Publisher   P & R PUBLISHING #97
ISBN  1596380039  
ISBN13  9781596380035  

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A pastor, Dan Doriani was formerly Professor of New Testament and Dean of Faculty at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He maintains a wide variety of scholarly and pastoral interests and frequently speaks at church conferences around the country.

Daniel M. Doriani currently resides in St. Louis, in the state of Missouri. Daniel M. Doriani was born in 1953.

Daniel M. Doriani has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Reformed Expository Commentary

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A Pastoral Commentary on the Sermon on the Mount  Oct 19, 2008
Daniel Doriani is senior pastor of Central Presbyterian Church in Clayton, Missouri. His book The Sermon on the Mount: The Character of a Disciple (P&R Publishing, 2006) takes the reader through the Sermon on the Mount with an eye to current scholarship on the Sermon and with a heart for regular church-goers. You'll be hard-pressed to find a book on Jesus' most famous sermon that so effortlessly combines top-notch scholarship and pastoral application.

Doriani's book emphasizes how the Sermon serves as a description of the disciple's character. The chapters read like short sermons, complete with helpful illustrations and exhortation to Christian living. Doriani expounds the meaning of each text and then offers sound, biblical advice on how we should put the text into application.

At times, I disagreed with Doriani's exposition. He tends to see the Sermon through a Pauline lens at times when such interpretation is unnecessary. However, the good outweighs the bad. Whether you're looking for a book that will help you understand the more difficult parts of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount or a book that will serve as a devotional guide as you work your way through the Sermon, you won't be disappointed by Doriani's work. The Character of a Disciple is one of the better books on the Sermon to appear in recent years.
We See Jesus  Jun 10, 2008
All that time they saw God-in-the-flesh. All that time they heard Jesus teach and saw Him do many signs, wonders and miracles. Still many remained blind. So many would not hear.

`The miracles made Jesus popular. But Jesus wanted disciples, not crowds, so He called a few men to Himself. To do so, He separated them from the crowds, for the crowds did not necessarily follow Him for the best reasons.' pg 13

When Jesus starts to fire from both barrels, neither men nor women can grasp the extent of His reach, lest He draw them intimately and teach them singularly. John began his first epistle by informing us of this remarkable process, and making the apostolic office very distinctive:

`That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life.'

The righteousness required is none less than exceeds that of the Pharisees - therefore perfection. Daniel Doriani compares that perfection as understood, taught and achieved by Christ, with those who do not make the grade - the church in general, and the disciples in particular.

As to our status, Doriani agrees: `what theologians call alien righteousness. That is the righteousness of Christ, bestowed on us when we believe in Him. The Bible calls it justification.' pg 22

As to our character, and as pertaining to this study, Doriani states: `there is personal righteousness...this hunger leads us to uproot our sin and become more like Jesus. It leads us to pray that God's Spirit will make us more holy. The Bible calls this sanctification.' pg 22

And so, with Dr Doriani, we enter what must be the `self-examination' that the Messiah taught first-hand His disciples, the Bible speaks of to us, and what Charles Spurgeon so eloquently preached of in The Scales of Judgment.

`Jesus commands us to pray for forgiveness every day. This is proper, for we know that we sin every day.' pg 138
Pastorally - the best book on the Sermon on the Mount  May 17, 2007
Hyperbole in the review title? I don't think so-I'm not saying it is the best book on the S.O.T.M., but in my opinion, it is the best book on it that I would recommend to the people in my congregation, my former youth group students and others. Its strength is that it combines Biblical scholarship in clear, understandable language, and weds it to practical application and grace-centered interpretation. Here's two quotes from the section on "Do Not Worry" from Matt. 6:25-34:

"At one level, worry is simply a human folly, roughly on the order of eating or drinking in excess, or staying up too late at night. Like overindulgence, worry is a self-destructive state we think we should be able to control. After all, we know that worry is pointless--no one can add even an hour to his life by worrying (v. 27). It `accomplishes nothing except to put God out of the picture.' But at another level, worry, like sensual indulgence, can be a symptom of allegiance to false gods. Self-indulgence may reveal a commitment to sensual pleasures. And worry can reveal a commitment to our personal security. That is, we may wish to ensure our personal security for ourselves, instead of trusting God." (pp. 170).

Later he concludes: "Pagans logically toil and chase after material things, since they have little else to do with their lives. But when we know the King as our Father, who knows our needs and works to meet them, we can lead an anxiety-free life. Trust in God always casts out worry. One can always imagine the future and find a reason to fret. Or we can ponder God's protection of his birds and flowers and find peace. The carefree believer is not reckless. But we are calm as we look at the near horizon, our daily food, and look ahead to the distant horizon, the eternal kingdom." (pp. 178).

Dan Doriani is a pastor and has been a seminary professor, and this work combines the two strands into one wonderful book! He is also an enjoyable writer, who blends real life illustrations into his teaching. I heard several of these chapters in sermon form back when I was in seminary, and they continue to be an encouragement and a challenge to me. I highly recommend Dr. Doriani's book to anyone who wants a pastoral, understandable and enjoyable book on the Sermon on the Mount and how it guides our Christian walks as we seek, by Christ's enabling, to be conformed to His image.

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