Contributed on Feb 9, 2009
An introductory sermon to a series on the Beatitudes.
Jesus is in the happiness business. We find Him using the word, “blessed” nine times in our text. The word simply means “happy” in the genuine sense of internal joy. So it is that Jesus shares with us in these verses the secrets to true happiness. Now, one will quickly notice as he reads what ...read more
Contributed on Feb 23, 2009
Where does one begin to travel down the road that leads to true happiness in this life and the next?
As we began our consideration of the Beatitudes last time, we pointed out four general observations about our Savior’s teaching in Matthew 5:1-12. We said that the Beatitudes speak of God’s personal concern for us; that they declare nine positive facts, that they emphasize proper perspective in ...read more
Contributed on Mar 5, 2009
If a Christian is to experience to the full, the joy of their salvation, they must learn how to walk in the victory that have in Christ over sin.
As we have looked at the Beatitudes, we have pointed out that the word translated “blessed” here literally means “happy.” The promises and principles laid out here by our Savior present us with a blueprint for experiencing true happiness in life - not the kind the world gives and can easily be ...read more
Contributed on Mar 17, 2009
If i am going to experiencing the happiness described by our Savior in the Beatitudes, I must put self in proper perspective.
As we have been looking at our Savior’s teaching here in the Beatitudes, we have made note of how Jesus lays out for us here a blueprint for how we might experience the true happiness that only God can give - a sense of contentment, peace, joy, and fulfillment that the world cannot give us and ...read more
Contributed on Mar 25, 2009
What characterizes the life of the truly spiritual Christian?
As we have considered the beatitudes thus far, we have talked about how Jesus says that happiness is found in brokenness, happiness is found in mourning, happiness is found in meekness, and now, we will look at what Jesus had to say about how happiness is found in hungering and thirsting after ...read more
Contributed on Mar 29, 2009
If we are going to find true happiness in life as Christians, we must learn some important lessons regarding service to others in Jesus’ name.
The word Jesus uses here as he speaks about mercy is most interesting, The word comes from the Greek word, “eliamosuna,” from which we get the “eleemosynary,” which means “benefactory.” In other words, the essence of being merciful is benefiting or serving others. Indeed, such is the case with the ...read more
Contributed on Apr 13, 2009
If we are to know the happiness God has in mind for His children, we need to understand sanctification.
We have seen how the Beatitudes are progressive in nature, beginning with our gaining the proper perspective on salvation, which leads us to mourn over personal sin, which leads us to an attitude of humility with regards to self and a deep desire to be like Jesus. This is work of God in our life is ...read more
Contributed on Apr 21, 2009
If we are to be fulfilled as God wants to bring us fulfillment, we must gain the proper perspective on our society and the world in which we live.
The idea of peace dominates the Bible. There are four hundred references to peace in the Bible. It opens with peace in the Garden of Eden and closes with peace in the new heavens and new earth. In fact, a study of redemptive history could be made from the standpoint of peace. Man’s sin interrupted ...read more
Contributed on Apr 27, 2009
If one is going to live according to the principles & promises laid out here by our Lord in the beatitudes, he will suffer rejection from the world. Yet, through it all, he can be doubly blessed.
In the Beatitudes, Jesus describes the qualities found in the lives of those who are truly happy. Not in the temporary, circumstantial sense which the world talks about, but in the eternal, ultimate sense which the world knows nothing about. He tells us that true happiness comes when one gains ...read more