Summary: An 8 Week sermon sermon series on the attitude we are to possess as children of God.
Blessed are the Pure in Heart Sunday AM
Trans: We’re in a series focusing on the (8) attitudes Jesus said we’re to have as His disciples. Each of these attitudes determines our altitude. They testify to our disposition and determination in life. Jesus offered these be-attitudes to remind us that God isn’t focused on man’s outward performance but w/ what is on the inside.
Trans: This AM we’re going to look at the next attitude – blessed are the pure in heart...
Word: Blessed – fortunate or happy. We some times think of happiness is an experience of elation fueled by feelings and circumstances, but Jesus says that it is – to have an inward contentedness unaffected by surrounding conditions. It’s to be graciously approved by God and to receive the applause of heaven.
Quote: To be blessed isn’t a superficial feeling of well-being based on circumstances, but a deep supernatural experience of contentedness based on the fact that one’s life is right w/ God. MacArthur
I The CONDITION
A The CALL to Purity
Word: Pure (katharos) from catharsis meaning to cleanse one’s mind and emotions.
Note: Scholars suggest the word has (2) meanings. (1) To make pure by cleansing from dirt, filth, or contamination like metals being refined by fire until they were free from impurities. (2) It refers to being unmixed, having no double allegiance.
Quote: The basic idea is of integrity, singleness of heart, as opposed to duplicity, or a divided heart. Wiersbe
Note: Purity isn’t just being clean; it is to be single-minded and intentionally focused. In this instance, God wants us to be focused on His kingdom and righteousness.
Verse: No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. Mt. 6:24
Note: Put these (2) definitions together. A person w/ a passion for purity is one who has been cleansed in his character so that the way he looks in public is the way he is in private. You’re just like Jesus even when no one is watching.
Story: A deacon and son were driving down a country road and saw a watermelon patch a little way off the highway. The deacon told his son to keep a lookout while he went to get a melon. He snuck into the patch, took a melon and called to the boy, "Is anyone coming? Look both ways." The boy wisely responded, "But Daddy, shouldn’t we look up too?" Our Daily Bread, 6.18.99
Note: Having a pure heart is to be so close to God that we don’t have to look up to see if he’s watching. It means we have a personal relationship w/ God and we only have to look w/in our heart to see Him.
Verse: Who may ascend the hill of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false. Ps. 24:3-4
Insert: (1) DIVINE Purity – This is the holiness belonging solely to God and is intrinsic in His nature. Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty. Is. 6:3
(2) CREATED Purity. When God first created the world, everything was pure and good. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. Gen. 1:31