Sermons from September 2018

Sermons from September 2018

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The Persecuted

In Matthew 5:10-12, after pronouncing blessings on the poor in spirit, the mourners, the meek, the hungry and thirsty, the merciful, the pure in heart, and the peacemakers, Jesus pronounced two blessings on those who are persecuted. In pronouncing this double blessing on the persecuted, Jesus is effectively establishing an expectation that those who live according to the values of the kingdom of heaven will be persecuted. Sermon Handout 10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs…
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The Peacemakers

In Matthew 5:9, Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” Peacemaking is not a quality that is valued in the world, but it is a quality valued in the kingdom of heaven. Since peacemaking is not valued in the world, it is a trait that has to be learned, and, in this lesson, we will learn what it takes to make peace as well as why being a peacemaker is important to God.…

Angry With God

Jonah 3 records how Jonah finally preached, Nineveh penitently responded, and God graciously relented. If the story ended there, it would be like a fairy tale with the perfect “happily ever after” conclusion. However, there is more to this story. Jonah 4 records Jonah’s frustration over Nineveh’s fate, causing us to ponder some questions. Why was Jonah angry, was Jonah’s anger appropriate, and what should we take away from God’s confrontation of Jonah’s anger? Sermon Handout 4 But it displeased Jonah…
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