Summary: Finishing the series on The Beatitudes , we study the blessing that no one wants- persecution
The Blessing NO One Wants
CCCAG October 29th, 2017
Scripture- Turn to- Matthew 5:10-12
Most of you know that I was an associate pastor at a medium sized church in Kenosha called Prayer House before moving up here into God’s Country to serve this family of believers here in Whitehall. One of Prayer House’s ministry outreaches was a weekly program shown on Local Cable TV that showed our various ministries and included the sermon from the last week. Once a month, our senior pastor would go and preach at other church’s about prayer so one of us associate pastors got to preach and be on TV.
Depending on who it was and how hard of a message they preached, we would get some very interesting hate mail via the church informational email that as the webmaster I got to read, and even occasionally postal mail. Some of it was pretty vile and profane. Occasionally, they would even be threatening- blow up our houses, beat up our kids, do unmentionable things to our wives.
We even had a person give us a gift- they smeared dog feces all over the back door of the church.
Guess who got to clean that up? “Oh, you’re a paramedic, you don’t get grossed out”
Honestly, this was fairly mild considering what many Christians throughout the world have to face for being a disciple of Jesus the Christ.
It reminds me of a story-There was once a pastor who was trying his hardest to grow his church and win people to Jesus, but at every turn he was criticized, mocked, ridiculed and even spat on in the community he was trying to serve.
He felt so overwhelmed he left his family at home and walked to the church to pray. He wept at the altar and cried out to God, complaining about all of the hardship he had to face, and that it was yielding no fruit and no matter what he did, or how hard he tried it just kept getting worse and worse.
HE presented his case before God expecting God to agree with him and give him permission to move on.
When he finally finished pouring his heart out to God, he heard the still small voice of the Father say this-
“Congratulations, you are blessed.”
Normally, the 5th Sunday of the month is devoted to a prayer service (Solemn Assembly), but given that we are accepted new members into our fellowship today, I felt the Lord leading me to not only accept them into the family of Coulee Community Church, but give them and all of us a charge and a mandate to live by.
So today we are going to finish our series on the beautiful attitudes of Jesus by talking about the Blessing NO One Wants.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
I. Dissect this beatitude a little to get us thinking about it’s significance by looking at several points
1. It’s the last beatitude (podcast for previous)