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Lectures of Encouragement From the Sermon on the Mount

by G. D. Knepper


Lectures of Encouragement

From the Sermon on the Mount

1953 and 1958

In the Spring of ’53 as I lined up for classes at the Kentucky Bible College  scheduling R. H. Boll’s lectures was a given. After that, from other students in line, came strong suggestions to be sure and get in on the class taught by G. D. Knepper in the Sermon on the Mount.  I did!

Never in my life have I ever experienced a more intense series of lectures on anything like I remember experiencing in those classes.  Though there was academic credit awarded it quickly became evident that it didn’t matter.  The lecturer only wanted you to absorb the words of Jesus and apply them in life. One did not sit in that class taking notes to remember for a test only (I don’t remember a test), but to prepare for a life in the kingdom of God.  Every intense minute he pierced your heart revealing the deep meaning of the “Blesseds” and giving light on them from many New Testament passages.

So deep and vast was the content of those classes some asked him to put it in a book.  He did not like the idea very much because even in his 6th decade he was still learning.  In ’62 he relented, but died as the work was being printed.  It did have all the theological interpretations he had taught, but it could not convey that intensity of the class that kept every student on the edge of their desks.

In 1958 when he was in his 7th decade of life he consented to go to a small rural church in Louisiana to lecture.  His job was to teach an adult class in VBS and the lessons were to be from the Sermon on the Mount.  In those days we had real VBS for two hours every night for two weeks. A packed house of adults that accompanied the children listened to him intently, the same way the college students did, as he got as far as “Blessed are the Merciful.” He framed it all with vast amounts of scripture and adequately covered the whole of what Jesus was saying in Matthew 5, 6 &7. It was recorded and transcribed.

This recording and subsequent transcription has preserved the intensity of the lectures.  Recently those transcribed lectures were used in a study of the Sermon on the Mount and the intensity of his presentations was there.

The tapes are not usable, but the original transcription remains, though some what tattered and torn.  The originals have been copied and re-typed and are available to the few remaining that were in those classes of ’53 who might want to relive the time.  I understand that some of the lectures might show up in the W&W after some tedious editing.


Submitted by John Fulda

702 South Laurel

Amite, La 70422


Editors note: Transcribed Messages by Bro. Knepper will be coming in the near future on the Word and                 

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Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.

2 corinthians 1:3-4