MESSAGE: “Blessed to Be a Blessing” (Matthew 5:13-16) – The “blessings” pronounced in the Beatitudes of Jesus declare this vital truth: We, as followers of Jesus, are now to be the “salt of the earth” and the “light of the world.”
Blessed are those Who are Persecuted 2 (Matthew 5:10-12) Jesus promises a state of happiness to those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness. This promise of Jesus reminds us that he is with us and for us and that there is nothing that can separate us from his love.
Message: “Blessed are Those Who are Persecuted” (Matthew 5:10-12) – Of all the Beatitudes, this is surely the most difficult to hear. Just as the gift of God’s peace enables us to be “peacemakers,” the gift of God’s power enables us to stand firm in the face of persecution.
Message: “Blessed are the Peacemakers” (1 Peter 3:8-12) – In order to be a “peacemaker,” we must seek peace and pursue it. And, according to Jesus, if we are to “see” God, then we must join him in his mission by being “peacemakers” in our world.
Blessed are the Pure in Heart (Psalm 24:1-5) Jesus invites us to see that our hearts are actually “crude” until we meet him face-to-face. We can be purified by his divine life and enter into an experience of life that is filled up with the sacred satisfaction of holy happiness and divine delight.
“Blessed are the Merciful” (Titus 3:3-7) – We all stand in need of God’s “mercy.” And, it is vital to see that mercy and forgiveness walk together hand in hand. To forgive is to extend mercy. To receive mercy is to be forgiven.
“Blessed are Those who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness” (Psalm 42:1-2; 63:1-5) Our bodies are made for “hunger” & “thirst” and so are our souls. And just as we eat & drink to take care of our bodies, so our hunger and thirst for righteousness will, according to Jesus, take care of our souls.
Message: “Blessed are the Meek” (Psalm 37:1-9) – Meekness is not weakness. Instead, meekness is divine strength that resides within those who renounce every right of their own and live for the sake of Jesus.
Blessed are Those Who Mourn (Psalm 23) There’s plenty to mourn about in our world. If we live long enough, we can’t escape experience of grief. In spite of the evil in our world, the struggle with own sinfulness, experience of pain & loss, we live with the promise of Jesus, we will be comforted.
Message: “Blessed are the Poor in Spirit” (Matthew 19:16-26) -- So, what is the secret to true and lasting happiness? Well, according to Jesus, it has little to do with our pleasures, possessions, and accomplishments and everything to do with hearing his words and putting them into practice.
The Message (Charita Howard): “The Priceless Value of Knowing and Experiencing Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:8-11)