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Revolution: Your Blessed Life Now

September 4, 2016 Speaker: Joe Walser Series: Revolution: Sermon on the Mount

Topic: Biblical Passage: Matthew 5:1–5:12

1. Introduction:
  A. This is hard. It hits us like a "sledgehammer." CS Lewis
  B. If you have life...if you know Christ, your life will look progressively more and more like this
  C. It's a revolution of love: Micah 6:8; 7:18-19
2. The Kingdom of God
  A. Is present at creation: Genesis 1-2
  B. Promised in the history and prophets: 2 Samuel 7, Psalm 89
  C. Definition
    1. A King: Revelation 19:16
    2. A REALM: Colossians 1:13
    3. A people: Revelation 1:6
    4. A Purpose: Matthew 28:18-20
      - It is ALREADY HERE - Hebrews 12:28
    5. The place where life begins: Mark 9:45-47
3. Beatitudes
  A. The Poor. In spirit Here, "poor" is translated from ptochos, which literally means "to crouch or cower as one helpless."
    1. It means recognizing our spiritual. State without CHRIST at all times
    2. It means we know we are in constant need of grace all the time - Ephesians 2:8, 12-14
      a. Blessed because they have the presence and Kingdom of God...
      b. Blessed because it puts to death our biggest obstacle to our joy, our self-righteousness
  B. Those who mourn
    1. Mourn over our sin.
    2. Mourn over the lack of righteousness in the world...the result of sin: Psalm 119:136, Isaiah 61
  C. The meek - "The man who is truly meek is the one who is amazed that God and man can think of him as well as they do and treat him as well as they do" - Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  D. Thirst for Righteousness
  E. Merciful
  F. Pure in heart
  G. Peace Makers
  H. Persecuted and reviled
4. Biblical window of Kingdom LIFE: "Leah had weak eyes" Genesis 29:17

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