135: The Sermon on the Mount, Part II (New Testament Lesson 9)

 “Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God”

Class Member Reading: Matthew 6-7

Scripture Chain: Matthew 16:24–25; Matthew 7:21; John 8:31; John 13:35; 2 Nephi 31:10–13; Moroni 7:48;

Additional Reading: None


Matthew 5 gave Jesus’ interpretation of the Jewish Law, and chapters 6-7 explore proper worship and treatment of others, including the famous “Golden Rule”.


Jody and Rose join the class


You can access the Annotated Reading here (or PDF).

You can access the Lesson Notes here (or PDF).




 Article on youth being encouraged to “serve each other secretly”

Parallels to the Golden Rule

Yale Course on the Philosophy and Science of Human Nature (Lecture 2 discusses the debate between Plato and Glaucon)

Developing “Selfhood”, Jennifer Finlayson-Fife on FMH podcast

Experience vs. Memory, TED talk by Daniel Kahneman

Do Animals have Morals? Frans de Waal’s TED talk on empathy in the animal kingdom

The Five Love Languages


Thanks to William Newman for editing the discussion, and to Marshal McDonald for the bumper music!

Latest Comments

  1. Joseph Stanford says:

    I loved the discussion about how fixed and free-form prayers can be mutually reinforcing and complementary. One of the joys of my spiritual journey, amidst many frustrations and perplexities, is to allow my prayer life to develop further, sometimes in unexpected ways.
    I would also like to comment that in the LDS Church we have a whole book of over 300 set prayers that we use every Sunday. Just because we sing them instead of speaking them doesn’t mean they aren’t set prayers.


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