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Beatitudes Part 3

Beatitude Series  •  Sermon  •  Submitted   •  Presented   •  1:01:33
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Beatitudes are the stepping stones to better thinking, better behaving, better healing, and better relationships.

1. If you heard somebody say, “I’m so blessed,” but did not know any other information, what would you assume they had recently experienced? 2. How have you experienced non-Christians using parts of the Sermon on the Mount to evaluate the authenticity of Christians? 3. The Beatitudes run counter to what we would typically think. Which of these contrasts most grabbed your attention? Matthew 5:10 – Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake. Fot theirs is the kingdom of heaven 1 Peter 3:14 - But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So, don't worry or be afraid of their threats." 2 groups of Beatitudes Holy Emptiness (poor in Spirit, mourning, meekness) leading to hunger for righteousness will be fill Holy Fullness (Mercy, pure heart, make peace) leading to persecution for righteousness Righteousness – on account of righteousness / on account of Jesus – Same thing! This raises a question: if that is what righteousness means — being merciful and pure and peaceable by relying on Jesus and living for his glory — why would anybody persecute that? It does not seem very offensive. Two things – The love of something evil or untrue / the desire to justify it – You cannot serve to Gods What are some examples today that conflict with each other? KINGDOM OF THE WORLD KINGDOM OF JESUS v. 3 Blessed are the self-confident, for they can accomplish anything. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. v. 4 Blessed are the excited, for they are doing awesome! Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. v. 5 Blessed are those who do what they must do to win, for they’re unstoppable. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. v. 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for success, for they will get it. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. v. 7 Blessed are those who get even, for nobody can push them around. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. v. 8 Blessed are those who look good, for they will impress others. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. v. 9 Blessed are those who stir up the action, for they get lots of attention. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. v. 10 Blessed are the safe, for they will be comfortable. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Outcomes of your lifestyle – persecution or conversion What about good people that do not convert? Make sure you are shining your light/Give them time
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