Butler divides his study of the Sermons on the Mount into six parts:
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John G. Butler, originally from Iowa, has been a Baptist minister for over fifty years and a pastor for over thirty-five years with pastorates in Clinton, Iowa; Williamsburg, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan; and Chicago, Illinois. Having attended Tennessee Temple University and graduated from Cedarville University, he also authored the 27-volume Bible Biography Series, a 10-volume Study of the Savior series about Jesus Christ, and the 4-volume Butler's Daily Bible Reading set, a unique daily devotional focusing on expository Bible study. He is also a veteran of the United States Navy.
“This text is not just for married people, but it is a text and creed that applies to all people” (Page 168)
“The meaning of the word also involves prosperity—not material prosperity here but spiritual prosperity. In its secular use the Greek word did indeed involve ‘outward [material] prosperity’ (Vincent). But its use in the Sermon on the Mount is obviously limited to spiritual prosperity. And spiritual prosperity is blessing of the highest character. Material prosperity is limited prosperity and does not compare to spiritual prosperity.” (Page 28)
“There can be no comfort where there is no grief’ (Bruce/Robertson). Many want conversion but do not want to mourn their sin. Many want salvation but do not want to confess they are a sinner.” (Page 42)
“Many folk focus on the promises in the Scriptures but not on the precepts. But unless you pay attention to the precepts, you can forget the promises. Wise men will let God take care of the promises, and they will concentrate on the precepts.” (Page 63)
“In a practical, non-dictionary sense, we can say the beatitudes are those attitudes that should be in us. Christ’s exhortation in the Sermon on the Mount is that we should be of these attitudes.” (Page 28)