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Summary: Sixth in a series of sermons on the Beatitudes - developing Christian character

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Blessed Are the Pure in Heart

TEXT: Matthew 5:8

INTRODUCTION

· Benjamin Franklin was committed to making himself a better person. So much so that he carried around a little book with a list of 13 virtues that he wanted to incorporate into his life. Each day he would concentrate on a different virtue.

š Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.

š Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.

š Lose no time; be always employed in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.

š Wrong no one by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.

š Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.

š Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself.

· Franklin working hard to become a man of character

· Jesus, in giving us the Beatitudes, gives us virtues of Christian character

· Preaching through the Beatitudes

I. BLESSED ARE THE PURE IN HEART

A. Blessed

1. Genuine sense of internal joy or inner satisfaction, not dependent on

outward circumstances

B. Pure

1. Free from corrupt desire, sin, & guilt; Freedom from every mixture of

what is false; blameless; unstained with the guilt of anything

C. Heart (Jerry Bridges)

1. The whole soul of mankind with all its faculties, not individually, but as

they all work together in doing good or evil. The mind as it reasons,

discerns, & judges; the emotions as they like or dislike; the conscience

as it determines & warns; & the will as it chooses or refuses

2. The center of who we really are

D. Paraphrase – A genuine, internal joy that is not dependent on outward

circumstances is for those who are absolutely, completely blameless

& 100% free from any kind of blame, guilt, or blemish deep down in the center

of their being – in their mind, in their emotions, in their conscience, & in their

will, for they will see God.

II. DILEMMA – WE AREN’T PURE IN HEART

(IL) Willie Nelson apparently at one time owned a golf course. He said the great

thing about owning a golf course was that he could decide what par for each

hole was. He pointed at one hole and said, “See that hole there? It’s a par

47. Yesterday I birdied it.”

1. We not only try to make up the rules, but we fall short of God’s par,

which is purity as I described above

A. God’s tells us what our hearts are like & He doesn’t paint a pretty picture

1. Jer 17:9 - The heart is deceitful above all things & beyond cure.

2. Mat 15:19 – For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery,

sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what

make men ‘unclean’.

3. Ro 2:5 – But because of your stubbornness & your unrepentant heart,

you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath,

when his righteous judgment will be revealed.

4. Eph 4:18 – They are darkened in their understanding & separated from

the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the

hardening of their hearts.

5. Recap – our hearts are deceitful and beyond cure, they lead to evil

thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, lying, slander,


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