Summary: In the last section of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches us three more keys to experiencing the blessed life: The Boomerang Blessing, Prayer and the Goodness of God, and The Highway to Heaven and Hell.
THE BLESSED LIFE #8: THE BOOMERANG BLESSING
REVIEW THE BLESSED LIFE SERIES:
For the past two months, we have been going through the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7. We have been looking at how God’s desire is that we would experience the blessed life – where we would be happy, supremely blessed; and spiritually prosperous, with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favour and salvation. What a timely message in today’s uncertain, shaky economy!
THE BIG IDEA: In the last three sections of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches us three more keys to experiencing the blessed life: The Boomerang Blessing, Prayer and the Goodness of God, and The Highway to Heaven and Hell.
I. THE BOOMERANG BLESSING:
“1 Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. 3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ’Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. 6 Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.” (Matt. 7:1-6).
• The first verse in this chapter is one of the most quoted by non-Christians.
• One of our foundational values in this church is love, acceptance and forgiveness.
• “If you come around here, we’re going to love you - unconditionally, always, and under every circumstance.” (Quote Jerry Cook. Love, Acceptance and Forgiveness).
• Remember the woman caught in adultery? Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more." We need to respond like Jesus did…
“Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:36-38).
ILLUSTRATE: This is the boomerang blessing! You will receive what you give!
• Do you know how a boomerang works? You throw it and it returns to you.
• JOKE: What do you call a boomerang that doesn’t come back? A stick!
• Throw different balls back & forth to show how what I throw is what comes back to me.
• If you give mercy, you will receive mercy. If you give forgiveness, you will be forgiven.
• If you give judgment, you will receive judgment back. What you give, you will receive.
KEY VERSE: “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (v.12).
• Why did Jesus say this? Because He knew the law of sowing and reaping!
• “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” (Galatians 6:7).