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Part 2: Sermon on the Mount

The Beatitudes
Matthew 5:1-3 (NIV)
Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him,
and he began to teach them. The Beatitudes He said:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

(Gk. Makarios, μακάριος )
blessed, happy, prosperous, fortunate, well-off

Blessed’ means, “I am with you” or “I am on your side.”
(Frederick Dale Bruner)

The Beatitudes (continued)
Matthew 5:4-12 (NIV)
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Salt and Light

Beatitude / “the blessed’s”
(Lt. beātitūdō)
happiness or blessedness

Understanding the Beatitudes
8 Beatitudes (v.3-11) broken into 2 parts:

• First 4 (v.3-6) are CONDITIONAL or PASSIVE
• Second 4 (v.7-11) are RELATIONAL or ACTIVE
• Answer the question: How do I qualify to be in God’s Kingdom?
• Must be heard as GRACE or they will not be heard correctly
• Contrast KINGDOM values with WORLDY values; SUPERFICIAL faith with REAL faith 

The Conditional Beatitudes (v.3-6)
"First and literally the beatitudes are Jesus' surprisingly countercultural God-bless-you's to people in God-awful situations."
(Frederick Dale Bruner)

9 Unbiblical Statements Christians Believe (ChurchLeaders.com)
1. God helps those who help themselves
2. God wants me to be happy
3. We’re all God’s children
4. Cleanliness is next to godliness
5. God won’t give you more than you can handle
6. We all worship the same God
7. Bad things happen to good people
8. When you die, God gains another angel
9. We’re all going to the same place when we die

Ecclesiastes 7:1-3
Ecclesiastes 7:1-3 (NLT)
A good reputation is more valuable than costly perfume. And the day you die is better than the day you are born.
Better to spend your time at funerals than at parties. After all, everyone dies— so the living should take this to heart.
Sorrow is better than laughter, for sadness has a refining influence on us.

The Cross
The Cross is the intersection between human DIGNITY and human TRAGEDY.

God celebrates the steps of His children, even if it’s 2 steps forward and 1 step back. (Recovering Redemption, Matt Chandler)

Who are ‘the meek?’
Meekness toward God is that disposition of spirit in which we accept His dealings with us as good, and therefore without disputing or resisting. (Strong’s Concordance)

Who ‘inherits the earth?’
Psalm 37:9-11 (NIV)
For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land. A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found. But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity.

Psalm 37:22
Psalm 37:22 (NIV)
Those the Lord blesses will inherit the land, but those he curses will be destroyed.

Psalm 37:29
Psalm 37:29 (NIV)
The righteous will inherit the land and dwell in it forever.

In other words, Jesus is saying:
Fortunate are you, because the world will not always be this way.

What does Jesus mean by righteousness?
* Shalom (peace)
* Everything in it’s right place

Blessed are you when you ache because the world isn’t as it’s supposed to be
Blessed are those who have come to the end of themselves

Blessed are you when you get frustrated enough to throw your hands up and say, “God, I can’t do this.”

Blessed are you when you run out of will power, ideas, self-control, hope, fortitude, and energy. 


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