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Be Attitudes 8-13-06

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Intro:   What were you about this week?

How did things go for you?

What was your attitude for the week?

Attitude is a funny thing.

at•ti•tude ˈa-tə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\

1           the arrangement of the parts of a body or figure posture

2           a position assumed for a specific purpose 〈a threatening attitude

3           a ballet position similar to the arabesque in which the raised leg is bent at the knee

4     a      a mental position with regard to a fact or state 〈a helpful attitude

           a feeling or emotion toward a fact or state

The Be Attitudes VS the Beatitudes

 Description of the Morality that Christ would like to see in us?

Matthew 5:1-12

The Sermon on the Mount; The Beatitudes

     1     When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him.

     2     He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying,

     3     “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

     4     “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

     5     “Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.

     6     “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

     7     “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

     8     “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

     9     “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

     10     “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

1   Poor in Spirit  vs      self-reliant self-confident competent

     

                         Christ wants us to be God reliant

2  Mourn        pleasure-seeking, hedonistic, “the beautiful people,  those who seek the creature comforts

                   Christ wants us  to know who restores us

3   Meek- gentle     proud,  powerful,  Important

                   Christ desires us to follow him, take his direction

4  Hunger  for righteousness  ---  satisfied , lazy

                      Christ desires to be our sustenance

                                 Living water

5  Merciful    ---   self-righteous,    punishing ,  unforgiving

 

                            Christ desire for us to share the love

6   Pure in heart     ---- filled with false desires, idols, lusts

                             Christ desire our obedience

7  Peacemaker     ---- aggressive, competitive.

                      Christ wants us to realize its not about being first in line but it’s about serving others.  Helping and caring.

8.    Persecuted          the worldly,  those who are not willing to make a stand for righteousness

                               Christ desires us to be bold in our faith to make a stand for him

Beatitudes Via The Message

Mt 5:3-10

3     “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.

     4     “You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

     5     “You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.

     6     “You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.

     7     “You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.

     8     “You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.

     9     “You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.

     10     “You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.

Conclusion

Christ Wants us to BE about something

Even at 12 he set the example and states it plainly

Lk 2:49 NKJ

49 And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”

Mk 12:30-31

30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. 31 And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

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