In our family service we looked at ‘I am’ sayings of Jesus – the children have been studying these in Sunday school. The question is asked – ‘what do you think about what Jesus said about Himself?’!
In the final talk on the beatitudes we examine the idea of persecution – what it is and what it isn’t. This is something that will face every Christian who truly wants to follow Jesus.
This sermon compares ceremonial purity, moral purity and purity of the heart. We are blessed when our our hearts are purified, and this enables us to see God right now but one day we will see Him face to face. The important thing is that God is looking at our hearts.
Jesus points to a different way of life – a life where godly characteristics develop in our lives from the inside out. This beatitude focuses on showing loving kindness to those around us. One block to reaching out in mercy to others is unforgiveness.
What are you desperate for in your life? Jesus tells us we are blessed when we are hungering and thirsting after righteousness. Core values are unpacked.
We see that meekness has a different meaning to what we normally think. It is an attitude of strength that is under control. There are great blessings attached as we allow God to work this characteristic in our lives.
When God shows us we are destitute before Him we are blessed, but this is only a start. Jesus tells us we are blessed when our sin bothers us enough to change and we experience the joy of complete forgiveness. Sin is awful but God’s forgiveness in Jesus is too wonderful for words.
This series delves into perhaps Jesus’ most famous sermon – the Sermon on the Mount. It is all about a totally different way of living that only God can work in our hearts. First step is to realise the blessing of being destitute before God.
There are two messages in one in this 30 minute sermon. Psalm 27 assures us that in a spiritual battle we can be confident because God is on our side. Then 1 John 4 reminds us of the need to love one another – one of the main tactics of Satan is to get Christians…
The theme for this message is Picture Frames – that a picture is given great worth by being in a picture frame and displayed. God, as it were, considers us valuable enough to put us in a picture frame and display it on the wall for all to see. Our value has been redeemed by…