SERMON NOTES


Matthew 5:3-5 NIV

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

Matthew 5:6-8 NIV

6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 7Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Matthew 5:9-10 NIV

9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:11-12 NIV

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

In the Beatitudes, Jesus pulls off the blinders to show us the way things really are.

“The Matrix is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.” – Morpheus from The Matrix

Humility, Justice and Peace are the precious jewels of God’s Kingdom.

No one is beyond the reach of King Jesus.

Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit

Blessed is the lamb whose blood flows

Blessed are the sat upon, spat upon, ratted on…

Blessed by Paul Simon

Matthew 5:11-12 NIV

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

During the “On the Mount” series you are encouraged to read Matthew 5:1-7:29 each week. As you read Jesus’ sermon, reflect on the following questions:

• What is Jesus teaching me about living with him as King?

• What new lesson do I need to apply?

• What command do I need to practice obeying?

Read Deuteronomy 28:1-14. How would you describe the “blessed people” under the Old Covenant? Read Matthew 5:3-12. How would you describe the “blessed people” under King Jesus? What is different? What does this teach us about Jesus and the nature of his kingdom?

Bible teacher Scot McKnight writes this about the Beatitudes, “Such a list is the way to get your audience’s attention and to force introspection.” Which of the blessings most get your attention? Why? Which one is the biggest stretch for you? Why?

Read through Matthew 5:3-12 again slowly, reflecting on the condition of your own heart and life as you do. In light of the Beatitudes, what do you hear King Jesus affirming? What do you hear him correcting?

In writing about the Beatitudes, Author Dallas Willard makes this observation, “The gospel of the kingdom is that no one is beyond beatitude, because the rule of God from the heavens is available to all, and it can reach everyone.” He then challenges his readers to make a list of “hopeless blessables” as found in today’s world.

Who would you regard as the most unfortunate people in the world today?

Make a list of “hopeless blessables” who are within the reach of King Jesus and write your own Beatitudes. (i.e. Blessed are the children of terrorists…)