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Matthew 5:3-4

The Right Attitudes

Life B-P Church Worship Service I & II, 9th July 2017

Text: Matthew 5:3,4

 

·         The beatitudes challenge everything that the world values most. They are strong emotional expressions about characteristics that are highly favoured by God.

·         The first two beatitudes are illustrated well by the Pharisee and the Publican in Luke 18:10-14. They bring out two attitudes that every Christian ought to have:  

1. The Wealth that comes from realising our Poverty of Spirit

“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  (v.3)

a. It Makes Us Realise that We Have Nothing.

·         The word ‘poor’ in this beatitude speaks of extreme poverty that reduces a person to being a beggar.

·         Poverty of spirit is the realisation that we have nothing, we are nothing, and can do nothing (cf. Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:10-12).

·         God looks favourably upon those who confess their spiritual poverty with a repentant heart (cf. Isaiah 66:2; Psalm 34:18; 51:17).

 

b. It Makes Us Depend Fully on God.

·         Sinners need to depend fully on Christ for salvation, and Christians need to depend fully on Him to live the Christian life (cf. John 15:5; Revelation 3:17).

2. The Comfort that comes from Sorrowing over our Sins

“Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” (v.4)

 

·         We would mourn when we realise what our sins have done
(Roman 6:23; Genesis 6:5,6; Ephesians 4:30; 1 Peter 3:18).

 

a. It Arouses Us to Repentance of Sin.

·         Sorrow in itself is not of any use, until it causes a person to repent and to forsake the sin he has committed (2 Corinthians 7:9,10).

 

b. It Assures Us of Forgiveness of Sin.

·         1 John 1:9, cf. Luke 19:8

·         Our greatest need is to be forgiven by God (Psalm 66:18; 32:3,4).

·         God forgives us on the basis of Christ’s death (Colossians 1:14, Romans 8:1; Jeremiah 31:13)

 

Questions for Personal Reflection:

1.       How can poverty of spirit facilitate your relationships with people, as well as your relationship with God?

2.       How should you present the gospel if being poor in spirit is foundational to salvation? How should you not present the gospel?

 

3.       How have your attitudes to sin and repentance changed since you became a Christian?

Vision & Mission

 

To build a united church family that is committed to making disciples through Salvation, Sanctification and Service, to the glory of God.

Verse for the Week

December 3 & 10 - Holy Living

Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 2 Peter 3:11