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Sunday Blessed are the poor in Spirit

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Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Spiritual bankruptcy What does “poor in spirit” mean? Jim Forest explains, “Without poverty of spirit, none of us can begin to follow Christ…It is my awareness that I cannot save myself, that I am defenseless, that neither money nor power will spare me from suffering and death.” Martyn Lloyd-Jones says, “If one feels anything in the presence of God save an utter poverty of spirit, it ultimately means that you have never faced Him. That is the meaning of this Beatitude.” The Sermon on the Mount and especially the Beatitudes tell us that without Jesus Christ, none of us could ever be saved. Since Christ came to seek and to save the lost (Luke 19:10), He wanted to communicate the complete depravity and sinfulness of the human race. Only in Matt. 5:3 is the word “poor” used for anything else othe…

Christian Home Week -- The Beauty of the Beatitudes Introduction

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Introduction of Matthew    Matthew was one of Jesus’ twelve disciples, a tax collector when called by Christ. This gospel was written primarily to the Jews, emphasizing the supremacy of Christ to Moses.
Introduction of the Sermon on the Mount    The Sermon on the Mount was delivered to the disciples, but heard also by the crowd, similar but different from “Sermon on the Plain” in Luke.    A simple outline of the Sermon on the Mount is as follows: 1. The Kingdom and Blessings (Matt. 5:1-16) 2. The Kingdom and the Law (Matt. 5:17-48) 3. The Kingdom and God (Matthew 6) 4. The Kingdom and Others (Matthew 7:1-20) 5. The Kingdom’s Foundation (Matthew 7:21-27)
Introduction of the Beatitudes As a kid, my favorite cartoon was Peanuts and good ole Charlie Brown. I had a book called “Happiness is a Warm Puppy.” If we were to put a Charles M. Schulz title to the beatitudes, it might be “Happiness is …” The word “Be…