Scripture and Sermon Slides February 2, 2014
Gospel Reading Matthew 5:1-12
1. Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainsideand sat down. His disciplescame to him,
3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted becauseof righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
What About Me? Matthew 5:1-12 February 2, 2014 Communion Sunday Immanuel Baptist Church Rev. John W. Landis, DMin
Poor in Spirit • Means to not be “spirited” • Not all full of yourself • Not driven • Here if you have a big ego – rich in spirit, you have a tendency to be in charge • You also have a tendency to run people over • You also have a tendency to not be satisfied • But if you are willing to accept your place without ambition to overwhelm you are poor in spirit • And if you are poor in spirit in the Kingdom of Heaven, the Kingdom is yours
Those who Mourn • We all have things for which to mourn • People • Things • The way things used to be • In the Kingdom of Heaven, there will be no more tears
The Meek • Humble • Modest • Willing to be a servant • Not weak • They get the earth as their own • They are willing to work it • They are not insulted by not getting heaven
Those that hunger and thirst for Righteousness • Decency • Honesty • Justice • They will get what they are looking for in the Kingdom of Heaven
The Merciful • Compassionate • Kindhearted • Forgiving All given graciously! • They will get what they have given
Pure in Heart • Innocent • Without malice • Blameless • Without guile
Pure in Heart None of us qualify! Without Jesus, None of us will see God (except very small children)
Peacemakers • Not ones who ignore conflict • Not those who appease • Ones who help those in conflict come to a workable, agreeable, sustainable solution Helps both sides get All of what they need Some of what they want
Those persecuted for being Righteous • If you are going to be aggressive be aggressive in seeing that what is right and what is just is done • Don’t expect to be loved • In fact expect to be persecuted and/or killed • Martin Luther King • Mandela • Ghandi
Those who are persecuted because they are identified as active Christians • We have not experienced this until recently • We are becoming the minority • The rest of the world understands this . . . Because they are persecuted • The Church has always thrived in persecution
Things we can do here • Not be egotistical and aggressive • Comfort those who mourn • Be humble and willing to do whatever comes our way • No small parts • “Clean Up Our Act” • Repent and accept the gracious gift of forgiveness
Things we can do here (cont.) • Mediate and broker peace • Don’t take sides – mediate • Learn how to manage conflict • There will always be some! • Be obvious (not pushy) Christians • No matter what anyone says • Be willing to pay the price for being one • Don’t worry what others say about you because you are Christian • Even if they lie and cause you problems because of it