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With Christmas one the way Miles Valley takes the Beatitudes and goes towards the meaning of Christmas. The fulfillment of the law leads to the reason why Jesus had to come down to earth.
You’re used to hearing that being blessed means you’ll be wealthy and healthy; that you’ll live a long and victorious life. There are a lot of books in the bookstore that say exactly that. But here, Jesus is giving wonderful news to the humble, the poor, the mourners and the peacemakers. In the Kingdom of God, the controls work backwards.
Blessed are the Poor in Spirit? What does that mean? We begin our study in the Beatitudes with the very first and study what it means to be poor in Spirit and what our blessings are.
Today, we complete our summer series, Blessed, on the Beatitudes in Matthew 5. We finish with "Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy." What exactly is mercy and what does it mean for us to be merciful to others?
We welcome guest pastor Phil Reinders this morning. Together we'll look at these words spoken by Jesus: "Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
Jesus said "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God." What did he mean? What are the implications for us? And do we have the courage to be people who pursue peace?
We are going to reflect on words Jesus had to say about having a pure heart. The promise is that those with a pure heart will see God. What does this mean? How does it affect us? And how can it help us take a next step in following Jesus Christ?
Blessed are.. ....the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. (5:3) ....those who mourn: for they will be comforted. (5:4) ....the meek: for they will inherit the earth. (5:5) ....those who hunger and thirst for righteousness: for they will be filled. (5:6) ....the merciful: for they will be shown mercy. (5:7) ....the pure in heart: for they will see God. (5:8) ....the peacemakers: for they will be called children of God. (5:9) ....those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (5:10)
Rooted in the book of Matthew, we will be learning together what Jesus meant when he said, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled".
In his teaching, Jesus makes a series of statements about the "blessed-ness" of various groups of people, including this one: "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth". Strange? Perhaps. But let's lean in and listen to how these words might help us take our next step in following Jesus Christ.