Sermons from July 2018

Sermons from July 2018

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The Mourners

In Matthew 5:4, Jesus said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” In other words, Jesus indicated that citizens of God’s kingdom manifest good grief, but what is He talking about? The mourning that is blessed is that which laments the absence of God’s reign. Thus, good grief is, as one preacher said, “mourning any time the will of God is not being done on earth like it is in heaven.” Sermon Handout 4 “Blessed are those who…
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The Poor In Spirit

The first thing Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount about the kingdom of heaven is the essentiality of poverty. In Matthew 5:3, He said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Thus, the first character quality of kingdom citizens identified by Jesus has to do with what we think about ourselves. Today we explore what it takes to become “poor in spirit” and why it is a necessary quality for kingdom citizenship.…
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