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You Have Been Approved!

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Sermon shared by Allen James

January 2010
Summary: First message of six in a series exploring the Beatitudes. Overview message of Matthew 5:1-12.
Series: Approved
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
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INTRODUCTION

ABOUT THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT…

I. The Setting

CONTEXT: 1st of 5 great discourses in Matt. 5-7;10;13;18;24-25. Matt. Establishes Jesus as the Messiah (1-2). Obedient Son of God by baptism of John Baptist (3). Temptation (4) & begins ministry (4). Sermon on Mount is Matthew’s way of allowing readers to hear what He has been teaching the crowds. S.O.M. is 1st close-up picture of Jesus in our NT.

CROWD: Mt 4:23. Both His preaching & healing attracted ppl. “Disciples” is not just a ref to the 12 or even committed believers but can simply refer to one learning at this time. Jesus has a smaller “crowd” of “disciples” who followed him and he begins to tch them. Confirmed by Matt. 7:28.

CLASSROOM: Jesus arrived at his chosen location and “sat down.” Traditional position for a tchr in a synagogue or school unlike today. 5:2 is adds his deliberateness and brings a sobering tone to what He is about to share.

II. The Significance

COMPOSITION: Matt. 5,6,7. 3 Chapters. 107 verses. Best-known part of Jesus’ teaching. Shared in one setting w/ no commercials. Only found in Matthew & Luke’s Gospels. The great theme = Kingdom of Heaven. Other NT writers often times use the phrase “Kingdom of God.” Same concept but Matthew was Jewish and because of reverent fear avoids using the Name of God (felt it was too holy, too exalted) even in writing.

CONTENT: Over the next few months, we will share together series of messages exploring the S.O.M. Beatitudes. Matthew 5:17-48 – Jesus ushers a new way of thinking… Kingdom thinking… “you have heard that it was said… but I say to you…” Matt. 6 – tread lightly… Lord’s Prayer… Worry/Trust… Matt 7 warnings… choices… Jesus was teaching those following Him what God desires from His followers.

Today’s Message: You Have Been Approved!

MATTHEW 5:1-12

Letter in the mail – You have been approved. Trash. Spam. Skeptical of approval messages. Many have been heavily influenced by the world’s definition of approval.

ILLUSTRATION: BRENT MUSSBERGER & KIRK HERBSTREIT from College Gameday... Fickle... outward approval… circumstantial… shift their opinion based upon who has momentum in the game...

If we aren't careful our understanding of approval is affected by what we have seen and experienced...

MEANING OF BLESSED: Blessed = transliteration of Beatus (bay-atoos) used for blessed, happy, Saint. GRK = makarios. English = blessed or happy. To be “blessed” fundamentally = to be approved or to find approval. Man blesses God form of praising God. God blesses man… act of grace… condescension.

By way of introduction, let’s take a look at the Beatitudes as a whole before we begin to look at each one in detail. As we do so…

THREE DISCOVERIES FROM THE BEATITUDES

I. We discover the PICTURE of His people.
- Beatitudes reveal a portrait of Christ and thus those who follow Him. MT 5:48 – you must be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect
- Each of the 107 verses in these 3 chapters illuminate not only the norms of Kingdom people but the transformation that Christ makes within the lives of His people.
- These are
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