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1. Beatitudes (Latin – “beatus”) means blessed or happy.
2. There’s a interesting paradox here. The Beatitudes are the great contrast to the worldly motion of ‘blessedness’ and ‘happiness’. It is no wonder that it does not make sense and almost seems contradiction to the carnal mind. “For the message about the cross is nonsense to those who are being destroyed, but it is God’s power to us who are being saved.” (1st Corinthians 1:18)
Click here to read the rest of, Sermon: The Beatitudes–Part 1
[Reminder: This year Pentecost Sunday is on 23rd May and we published a PowerPoint sermon for this event. If you missed it click here to preview and download the resource.]
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In part I of this sermon I covered Matthew chapter 5:1-6. Today let me continue from where I stopped.
1. Practice an identity with people in need, (Matthew 5:7)
- We are commanded to show mercy to others, (Luke 6:36, Colossians 3:12)
- To show mercy means forgiving the guilt and being compassionate towards the weak, sick and the poor. Jesus’ ministry was an act of compassion.
- Sometimes we have to feed the person before preaching to the person. Caring for the physical person opens a door to preach the Gospel.
- Show kindness to those who are already around you (it could be as simple as a heartfelt smile or a kind word). Showing mercy is not situational. It should be a part of our lifestyle (Matthew 25:35-40). Click here to read the rest of, Sermon: The Beatitudes–Part 2 (Final)