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.
Based around verses in the Book of Proverbs we see the importance and value of having a heart full of joy. There are also some practical pieces of advice about how to keep your heart in a good place.
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.
By listening to yourself speaking (even imaginary conversations) you can get a gauge of what’s going on in your heart. Why not have a listen and surprise yourself. Just letting you know there is hope for hearts that need to change!!
This is the second in the Just Walk Across the Room series. It shows the importance of developing Friendships, Discovering Stories and Discerning the Next Steps. Very practical.
We see how the message to the church in Philadelphia in Revelation 3 has a foundation in the Book of Isaiah. We see some great promises fulfilled in Christ and the idea of open doors of opportunity existing for us to serve God.