Summary: A message focusing on the 2nd Beatitude: "Blessed are they that mourn..." This series was also used to launch our Celebrate Recovery ministry.

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The Words of Jesus – The Beatitudes

FCC – October 14, 2007

Text: Matthew 5: 4

Introduction: Today we are continuing a new sermon series on The Beatitudes. This was the first recorded sermon of Jesus and He taught about attitudes for the Kingdom. Jesus took His followers up a mountain and taught them how they were to differ as disciples from the rest of the world. The Message referred to Jesus’ disciples as His ‘climbing companions’ (Matthew 5: 1-2). So during this time, we are going to challenge each of us to become climbing companions of Jesus as we journey up the mountain of God.

At the beginning of each of the Beatitudes we have the word ‘blessed.’ The climbing companion of Jesus who displays the Kingdom attitude is ‘blessed.’ We’ve already have explored the meaning of ‘blessed.’ It means more than just circumstantial happiness or that I will get want I want. No. It means that if I follow God I will be deep down fully satisfied. We also talked about how it was often translated, ‘O the contentment of…”

Last week we looked at the first Beatitude: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” This is the first step to enter and live in the Kingdom. We have to realize that we aren’t God and to empty ourselves of pride and personal independence, to find the kingdom of God. The first step is to recognize our need.

The next step up the mountain of God is found in Matthew 5:4 (NIV) Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Jesus summarized His ministry by quoting from Isaiah 61:

Isaiah 61:1 (NIV) The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me

to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,

Celebrate Recovery is a 16 year old Christ-centered recovery program that was started out of Saddleback Community Church in California. It has grown and spread throughout the United States and in several countries. The program is based on 8 CR principles based on the 8 Beatitudes. In Cape there are 3 Celebrate Recovery chapters: at Lynwood BC, La Croix, and Bethany BC. It is the dream of local founder of CR to have a CR chapter every night of the week in our area. God has put it on the hearts of some in our church to start a CR chapter here at FCC. So these next few weeks, we will look at the Beatitudes and then a principle of recovery.

Celebrate Recovery principle #2: Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him, and that He has the power to help me recover.

TESTIMONY - Before we look at this secondBeatitude, we have a testimony from Judy **** about his experience in CR.

This morning I would like to ask three questions of our 2nd Beatitude.

1. What attitude does Jesus want?” Mourning. What does the word ‘mourn’ me? It means to ‘beat the chest in grief.’ It is the sorrow which brings tears to the eyes. The word Jesus used apparently is the most strongest of the nine words for grief in Greek. It was used to mourn the dead.

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