Summary: From the very onset of this message, Jesus has made it clear that the kingdom of heaven was close, it was at hand. As such, his message was give in order to prepare the people on living in the kingdom. With his crucifixion, resurrection and promise of r
A SERMON FOR OUR TIMES
A Series On The Sermon On The Mount
Section 1 "Be All That You Can Be With The Right Attitude"
Matthew 5:3-12 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Matthew 5:5-6 (AMP)
5 Blessed (happy, blithesome, joyous, spiritually prosperous--with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the meek (the mild, patient, long-suffering), for they shall inherit the earth!
6 Blessed and fortunate and happy and spiritually prosperous (in that state in which the born-again child of God enjoys His favor and salvation) are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God), for they shall be completely satisfied!
INTRODUCTION: From the very onset of this message, Jesus has made it clear that the kingdom of heaven was close, it was at hand. As such, his message was give in order to prepare the people on living in the kingdom. With his crucifixion, resurrection and promise of return, kingdom living needs to be practiced now. So, we need to identify how God wants us to live and incorporate that kind of living into our lives now.
QUALITIES OF A BIBLICAL LIFESTYLE (Meekness)
A diminishing desire for my rights
An increasing desire towards my responsibilities
A strong teachable spirit
An inward harmony with God
THE REWARD OF MEEKNESS IS TO INHERIT THE EARTH
Inheritance is a gift
Inheritance is also a legacy of what has gone on before us
Inheritance is the opportunity to carry forward with us what has been accomplished before us
I Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
A The words "hunger" and "thirst" are words of intense longing.
Psalms 42:1-2 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?
B Longing for righteousness is a "blessed" activity -- it brings satisfaction to us
1 A hunger and thirst for personal righteousness
a 1 John 3:2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
b What a way to start out every morning with the simple prayer, "God, today I want to be like Jesus."