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Summary: Introduction: A “Blessed” is mentioned nine times in the Beatitudes. 1 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3 (NASB)

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The Beatitudes: 2015 Summer Sermon Series

Pride: The Kyrptonite of The Poor in Spirit (Blessed Are The Poor)

6/14/15 CFBC, Chester, IL Dr. Mike Fogerson, Speaker

Introduction:

A “Blessed” is mentioned nine times in the Beatitudes.

1 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3 (NASB)

a Blessed does not mean “happy” although some modern versions of the Bible does translate makarios as “happy.”

aa Matthew 5:3 (NCV) 3 Those people who know they have great spiritual needs are happy, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.

bb Happiness is 1) subjective (a feeling), 2) a temporary state, 3) and is dependant upon circumstances.

cc Being blessed is 1) objective, 2) permanent state, 3) dependant on God’s grace & our choice; not upon fortune or chance.

b The Beatitudes not only come from Jesus, but also leads us to Jesus.

aa The sermon is the arrow and Jesus is the bull’s-eye.

bb The Beatitudes are God’s answers to our greatest questions . . . they describe the attitudes that we are to have as Believers.

2 Being blessed is our summa bonum, “the greatest good.”

a Everybody wants, looks for, in search of blessedness, but not everyone knows where it is.

b The reason is not everyone has the map . . . but in these verses, Jesus is giving us the map of our lives.

aa This is the greatest of all treasure maps to the greatest of all treasures, and it is given to us absolutely free as a gift.

bb Ethics professors can give us instructions on how to live on earth w/ a human heart . . . The Man from Heaven tells us what “eye has not see, nor ear heard, nor has it entered the heart of man”

1 Cor. 2:9 (NKJV)

B Jesus didn’t demand us to be successful, but to be obedient.

1 He didn’t demand us to sell the Gospel, but to proclaim the good news.

a He didn’t demand us to accept the world, but to be different than the world.

b We aren’t called to convert the world or fill churches; that’s God’s job.

2 Our job is to sow the seeds, w/o sugar coating it; God’s job is to make it take root & grow.

a Our job is to be obedient and it starts with a “poor spirit”.

b God will do all the rest . . . apart from God we can do nothing; without us, God will do nothing.

3 The Psalmist wrote, “ . . . I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. Psalm 84:10 (KJV)

a We see in the Beatitudes our job description for “doorkeepers” in the House of God; the other job is “dwelling in the tents of wickedness”

b The shocking thing is that these are the only two jobs in town.

aa Jason Aldean sings a song “Church Pew or Bar Stool” (btw, the theology in this song is awful), but describes not wanting to be labeled as either one of these kinds of people.

bb The truth is . . . your either a doorkeeper in the house of God (church pew) or your dwelling in the tents of wickedness [bar stool] in the Kingdom.


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