Series Title: Check Your Beatitudes
Jesus Laid out how he expected his followers and disciples to behave and act in the form of a list of those who God Blesses. Pastor Steve Hofmeister breaks down this instructive list of the Beatitudes showing how they are relevant to the modern Christian.
In the beginning of Jesus’s ministry, he began gathering his followers. These initial followers were known as his disciples. The disciples dropped everything they were doing to follow Jesus on his journey through the region known as Galilee. In the time of our Lord, Galilee embraced more than one-third of Western Palestine, extending “from Dan on the north, at the base of Mount Hermon, to the ridges of Carmel and Gilboa on the south, and from the Jordan valley on the east away across the splendid plains of Jezreel and Acre to the shores of the Mediterranean on the west.”
As they traveled teaching in the synagogues, and Jesus’s miracles of healing, large crowds began to follow them on their travels. Matthew Chapter 5 describes,
1 One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him, 2 and he began to teach them.
Matthew 5:1-2 (NLT)
This is the beginning of the “Sermon on the Mount.” The first lesson he taught on the Mount came to be known as the Beatitudes. In this series, we will break down each one of the ten verses of the Beatitudes that describe those whom God Blesses, but also an instruction that is given by Jesus in regards to how his disciples and followers are expected to act and behave from this same list.
Sermon #1 – POOR Your Heart Out
“God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him,
Matthew 5:3 (NLT)
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me,
for the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted
and to proclaim that captives will be released
and prisoners will be freed.
Isaiah 61:1 (NLT)
He gives justice to the Oppressed
and food to the Hungry.
The Lord frees the prisoners.
8 The Lord opens the eyes of the Bind.
The Lord lifts up those who are weighed down.
The Lord loves the godly.
Psalms 146:7-8 (NLT)
“God blesses you who are poor, for the Kingdom of God is yours.”
Luke 6:20 (NLT)
So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.