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Summary: What a topsy-turvy kingdom the kingdom of God is! Its priorities and attitudes seem comletely opposite to our inclinations and earthly ways. This is a sermon about Kingdom Attitudes.

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Kingdom Attitudes Mt 5:1-12 WBC 14/3/4am

Mention: the Passion of the Christ. Be praying about who to invite. Video Clips next Sunday. Our Easter Services will focus on it

INTRODUCTION:

Interesting introduction: Jesus went up… sat down… opened His mouth (NIV ‘began to teach’)

- us: ‘well, yeah… AND!”

But it’s really like a 3 fold rum roll to get your attention:

- are you ready for this? Don’t miss this!

- Are you sitting comfortably (Rabbi’s sat to teach).

- Then I’ll begin: the Word of God is about to speak into your life

It’s a message to ALL (crowd, 7:28)- not just the 12… about the attitudes of the Kingdom of God (heaven)

= the rule of God, where things are done His way

- these are His attitudes

BLESSED?

This is the toughest stuff, ever!

- Xianity is not for wimps. The sermon on the Mount is not for wimps

o (many love it but don’t KNOW it!)

1st things you realise is: “I can’t do this!”

- at all… on own

= part of its purpose

- can only attempt it with God

- it builds reliance on God

- shows God’s standards- perfection

o so even the ‘law perfect Pharisees’ aren’t good enough- and, like us, need God’s grace

2nd things is- this is a topsy-turvy kingdom

- not like… opposite to… the kingdom of this world

o has us acting differently

o sees things differently

the key thing it wants you to see differently is ‘blessing’

- now, unfortunately, we’ve got the wrong handle… used the wrong handle… for centuries here

- traditionally called the Beatitudes – from Latin Beatus- which means blessed/blessing

o “yeah, that’s right, blessed are the…!”

 eeeeh-aaaah

would be okay if the word here MEANT blessed!

- if it were blessed, then the Gk word would be eulogetus (like Eulogy- to bless, praise, make happy. Equiv of Hebrew barak)

o which- if it were would cause me a problem in this context because it just aint true:

 “happy are the poor in spirit?”

• “those who are martyred, persecuted?”

Nope- it’s not eulogeo/eulogetus- blessed/happy

- it’s macarios (“I thought so!”, I hear you say)

- no, seriously- this is important. THIS word means fortunate, well off, approved, to be envied

get your heads around this one… this topsy-turvy principle of God’s Kingdom:

- if something… anything… happens in your life to make you realise you need God… to draw you to God

o you are fortunate. Well off. To be envied

- because- your eternal destination, wellbeing and blessing has been secured

o whereas others … who have had so much… only have the rewards of THIS life

 that’s nothing to be sneered at- but infinity is infinitely better

Illustr: remember realising this at UKC. Who’s the fortunate ones, then?

Do you understand? OUR kingdom… THIS kingdom… puts priorities the wrong way around- as though this is all there is!

- God’s kingdom, God’s ways, are different. Eternity is prioritised. What WE think a curse can often be a blessing

ISA 55:8 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts,

neither are your ways my ways,"

declares the LORD.

ISA 55:9 "As the heavens are higher than the earth,

so are my ways higher than your ways


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