Summary: Jesus described the hearts His followers would ideally possess in the Beatitudes, hearts we should strive to build in ourselves
Matthew 5:1-12 (Series Introduction)
We must build hearts God favors,as Jesus described.
I Seek God (3) ...poor in spirit...
Know they don’t know it all
Know they need outside help
II Mourn Sin’s Results (4) ...they that mourn...
Sad from what the see, not proud
Give and receive help and encouragement
III Wait for God to Act (5) ...the meek...
Not resisting God’s directions
Following God and letting Him change life
IV Work to Further God’s Impact (6) ...after righteousness...
Work to satisfy strong desires for what’s right
Balance God’s grace and our good works
V Help Suffering People (7) ...the merciful...
Desire to be a “neighbor” (Luke 10:37)
Distributing mercy and relief
VI Seek Another’s Best (8) ...the pure in heart...
Clean hearts share service and love
Pure motives, even if misunderstood
VII Help Strengthen Relationships (9) ...the peacemakers...
Builders, not breakers
Reconciling with Christ (Colossians 1:20)
VIII Stand Up for What is Right (10-12) ...for my sake...
Does the “unusual” for God
Living a prophet whose actions rebuke the world