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The Sermon on the Mount: The Church's First Statement of the Gospel [Paperback]

By David P. Scaer (Author)
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The author argues that the Sermon is designed as instruction for God's people and prepares catefumers for Baptist and life in Christ in the church.

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Studio: Concordia College
Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2000
Publisher   Concordia Publishing House
ISBN  0570052548  
ISBN13  9780570052548  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dr. David P. Scaer is a professor of systematic Theology and New Testament and holder of the David P. Scaer Chair of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. At the seminary since 1966, he serves as an editor of the "Concordia Theological Quarterly and was academic dean from 1984 to 1989. He is currently chairman of his department. Dr. Scaer has written extensively and his articles have appeared in "Christianity Today, Lutheran Forum, Logia Modern Reformation, The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, and more. His first book with Concordia Publishing House was "The Sermon on the Mount: the Church's First Statement of the Gospel.

David P. Scaer was born in 1936.

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An Excellent Supplement to your Library on Matthew   Nov 26, 2005
"The Sermon on the Mount" by David P. Scaer makes an excellent complement to a good commentary on the Gospel of Matthew such as R.C.H. Lenski's Interpretation of St. Matthew's Gospel. This is one of the finest books on the Sermon on the Mount ever written. Chapter three on the beatitudes is worth the price of the book. David P. Scaer writes this book from a conservative/confessional Lutheran viewpoint.

This book places the emphasis of the Sermon on the Mount on Christ and how He has fulfilled the law. This book is not a self-help popular level book for the "struggling" Christian to learn multiple Biblical steps to overcome sinful desires in this life. Hence, the emphasis is Christ-centered rather than man-centered.

The chapters in this book are as follows:
1. The Church's First Statement of the Gospel
2. The Speaker of the Sermon (5:1-2)
3. The Beatitudes (5:3-12)
4. The Presence of Christ in His Church (5:13-16)
5. Old Testament as Authority Fulfilled in Jesus (5:17-20)
6. Necessity of Reconciliation (5:21-26)
7. Adultery, Evil Thoughts, and Excommunication (5:27-30)
8. Hard Sayings-The Marriage Ethic (5:31-32
9. Speaking in God's Presence (5:33-37)
10. Retaliation Made Impossible by Atonement (5:38-42)
11. The Complete Reconciliation (5:43-48)
12. The Giving of Alms-Church Offerings (6:1-4)
13. The Rubric on Prayer (6:5-15)
14. A Brief Treatise on Fasting (6:16-18)
15. The Treasures in Heaven (6:19-21)
16. The Total Allegiance (6:22-24)
17. The Little Sermon within the Sermon (6:25-34)
18. Life in the Church (7:1-5)
19. The Sacred and the Holy (7:6)
20. Proper Prayer (7:7-11)
21. The Golden Rule (7:12)
22. The Two Ways (7:13-14)
23. The False Prophets (7:15-20)
24. The Final Judgment (7:21-23)
25. Surviving the Judgment (7:24-27)
26. The Sermon's Conclusion (7:28-8:1)

Although I highly recommend this book I would probably not recommend it to the average layperson. It is very narrow (272 pages on three chapters of the Bible) and at times can be technical. This book is excellent for the pastor to use as background information for Bible studies and sermons over the Sermon on the Mount.

This book is excellent for:
1. Pastors
2. Seminary Students
3. Scholars who want a narrow work on Matthew 5-7.
Christ Alone As Rabbi/Teacher  Jan 28, 2005
Scaer continues his fine emphasis that all theology is Christology, which if not offensive to other Christian confessions causes offense today strangely enough this day in the confession bearing Luther's name and supposed heritage.

Scaer is certainly advocate of Matthew as first gospel and as catechesis. Thus, the flow for him to this Sermon on Mount is high Christology. This completely flies in the face of common held moral usefulness of this discourse, i.e. purpose driven church and life. This is rules for Christian life, right! No, says Scaer, this is not prescriptive but descriptive. This is Gospel not Law. Scaer makes worthy point that since Matthew's flow up to this discourse if high Christology, then it would be startlingly turn to shift to "rules for living." Rather, seen in its context of John and Jesus' preaching of repentance for the kingdom of heaven has come, this is seen as "essence and heart of Christian preaching."

Thus, verse 3 is critical, just who are the poor? All those who have need for the Good News to be preached to them (repentant). This does include everyone, except not everyone senses this need, i.e. healthy don't need a hospital, just the sick says the Lord. Thus, rich in relationship to God without Christ alone don't need the Gospel. Rules for living will be fine, thank you very much. Don't tell me I'm theologically poor! I am not a poor miserable sinner.

Thus, Scaer provides church with needful corrective to abuse of this text which abuses the Gospel and Christ and church. Here Scaer contributes signficant point, which I'll quote his words: "The Beatitudes are the christological prism through which the followers of Jesus find their standing before God." Scaer devotes much space to exposure of critic's view, which to the uninformed seems only for academia to argue over, but it does have major relevance to Christ's followers. Due to media's continued coverage of critic's views of Jesus and Paul on the tube especially, the people of God need such well informed response from this able interpreter.

How magnificent that this significant Servant of the Word gives to Christ's church this commentary on Christ's catechetical training to edify the foundation of the church's life in Christ. There is no being "a better Christian," but rather "being a follower of Jesus."

Worth the read. Better worth continued reference and reflection and study and application.
A Christological Interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount  Nov 8, 2004
David Scaer is truly at home in his favorite Gospel, the Gospel of Matthew. His book is a very worthwhile read, if simply for the depth of his insight into Matthew's Gospel, that comes from a lifetime of study. To this is added the benefit of his determined intent to see Christ as central in all things, especially in the Sermon on the Mount. Where this is especially helpful, is in showing that the high demands made in the Sermon are not just impossible moral injunctions, but rather they are descriptive of Christ's own perfect obedience to the Law, and the righteousness He earned for us thereby. It is therefore in Christ that these statements (such as the Beatitudes) become descriptive of the life of the Christian, as the love of Christ works in us.

Scaer's treatment of the Sermon on the Mount is readable and interesting, and attempts to engage especially those more difficult passages of the Sermon. Sometimes his explanations, particularly for those more difficult passages, are less obvious (or intuitive) than the commonly given interpretations. One of my chief complaints with the book is the unnecessary amount of attention given to various historical critical attitudes toward the Gospel. It is also curious why at many points throughout the book, Matthew's role as author seems to almost eclipse the fact that Jesus Himself spoke the words. What I mean by this is that you will frequently notice that Scaer asks what MATTHEW's purpose was in saying something a certain way, or using certain title's--when referring to the direct words of Jesus (not the intervening narratives). This seems to make Matthew responsible for the real theologizing intent behind the Gospel, rather than Jesus. Now, I'm certain that Scaer would not actually espouse that idea, but it begs the question of why he consistently writes that way. My best guess is that it relates to his interest in Matthew's role in collecting the various teachings of Jesus and compiling them into the Sermon on the Mount. It is also only fair to point out that Scaer firmly believes in the historicity of all the accounts, and that Jesus is in fact speaking with Divine Authority. I did appreciate Scaer's honesty in identifying his presuppositions and biases at the beginning of the book, and even specifically denying such higher critical theories as the "Q" document.

Overall, though, the above complaint does not detract from a fine work that is a valuable contribution to the interpretation of the Sermon. Furthermore, this book is particularly helpful for preaching on the Sermon on the Mount, as it draws attention to Christ and His work, rather than human ethical or moral righteousness.

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