Contributed on Jun 19, 2007
The world lauds autonomy and strength, but Jesus says those who are truly blessed are the ones who come to him in humility and dependence.
BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT INTRO NEW SERIES Everyone wants the good life. What does it mean for you? Lifestyle? Stuff? Financial security? Family? ILL: Video Clip ’In the Game’ from the Pursuit of Happiness. The world says, ’take what you want, pursue happiness and fulfillment at all ...read more
Contributed on Jun 22, 2007
Those who mourn and grieve over the spiritual state of a people will receive the blessing of God’s comfort.
BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO MOURN "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted." ILL: mourning when my father died (loss, shock, tears, funeral, regret, healing) What was Jesus thinking? No fun in mourning! Promise of comfort for the bereaved - resurrection for all who are in ...read more
Contributed on Jun 30, 2007
Many people confuse meekness for weakness. But true meekness is strong, a gentleness of spirit and humility that comes from confidence in God.
Matt 5.5 "Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the earth." As we go through these beatitudes we’re discovering that Jesus turns conventional wisdom on its head and presents those things the world despises as the way of the Kingdom. And this morning we’ve come to a beatitude that isn’t ...read more
Contributed on Jul 14, 2007
A hunger for righteousness is a heart for God.
Matt 5.6 ’Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.’ ILL: Have you ever spent time fasting? I think some of the youth are thinking about doing the 40 hour famine in a few weeks. If you’ve done it before, how much are you actually thinking about the ...read more
Contributed on Jul 23, 2007
Mercy is one of God’s core attributes and showing mercy one of the requirements to receiving it.
Over the past few weeks we’ve been looking at the blessed like, life in the Kingdom of God. So far you could describe what we’ve been looking at as the attitudes, or the spiritual conditions, that reflect Kingdom people. They are poor in spirit, they mourn over sin, they are meek and they ...read more
Contributed on Aug 1, 2007
How can we attain purity in a world that is anything but pure? By being purified by Christ, having a pure devotion to Christ, and living a pure life that flows from these.
Blessed are the Pure in Heart Matt 5.8 "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God" Purity is not very fashionable nowadays. • Camera advert - deception is a common theme in advertising • Free sex is an assumed part of society • God is unwanted in public life But Jesus says it ...read more
Contributed on Aug 9, 2007
Asks the question: are you a peacekeeper or a peacemaker?
Matt 5.9 "Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God." Intro video: Virtual Family Isn’t that a great invention! Many people are like that family. The words they say might sound nice, but under the surface, they’re really not happy. They just don’t want to have to ...read more
Contributed on Aug 11, 2007
One of the few things Jesus promised us in this life is persecution!
Matt 5.10-12 "Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." On June 17, 2004, when Sister Jiang Zongxiu went to the market in Guizhou Province, China, she thought it would be just another day. Along with her mother-in-law, Jiang went through ...read more