Sunday, Nov 13, 2016PM Service
Speaker: Brian Arnold
Passage: Matthew 5:1-12
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In the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12), we find eight characteristics to cultivate in our hearts that God promises to bless.  They are:

  1. Humility (v.3):  “Poor in spirit” is to have spiritual poverty.  It is a recognition that we are spiritually dependent on God.  (cf. Revelation 3:17)
  2. Repentance (v.4):  We must be grieved over sin.  We hate our sin and all sin.  (cf. 1 Corinthians 5:2; James 4:8-9; 2 Corinthians 7:10-11; Proverbs 28:13; Psalm 119:36; Psalm 32)
  3. Selflessness (v.5):  We become more considerate and gentle of heart with the best interest of others in mind.  We die to self to serve the needs of others.
  4. Holiness (v.6):  We long to obey as one in desperate need to be righteous.  We know that we cannot be holy on our own; we need the resources that only God can provide.
  5. Compassion (v.7):  Merciful means that we are ready to help those who need spiritual compassion.  Because we have been forgiven, we freely forgive others (cf. Matthew 7:1-2).
  6. Authenticity (v.8):  We have a clean inner life.  Our thoughts, wills, emotions are being sanctified and we have a clear conscience.  Romans 2:16 tells us that God judges the secrets of men.  Nothing is secret.  (cf. Psalm 24:3-5).
  7. Peacemaking (v.9):  We become proactive in seeking spiritual peace.  We desire restoration of relationships.  We promote forgiveness and calmness.
  8. Perseverance (vv.10-12):  We recognize there will be opposition because we name the name of Christ.  We persevere when ridiculed and mocked for our association with Christ.  Everyone who does evil, hates the light, because they do not want to be exposed (cf. John 3:20).  And we are not gritting our teeth while persevering, but we are experiencing joy in our hearts.
    1. We know that our reward in heaven is extensive.
    2. The fiery trials prove our position as children of God (cf. 1 Peter 4:12)