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Matthew 5:9-12

The Right Purpose

Life B-P Church Worship I & II, 13th August 2017

Text: Matthew 5:9-12

 

There are two goals you need in order to have a truly purposeful life:

 

1.  To Be Instruments of Peace (v.9)
“Blessed are the peacemakers…”

How can you really help to bring peace into this troubled world?

 

a. Recognise the Cause of the Lack of Peace.

·         As long as sin dominates the hearts of men there can be no peace on earth
(cf. Romans 3:10-17)

 

b. Remove Sin with the Gospel of Peace.

·         By trusting fully in the complete sacrifice that Jesus has made at Calvary.

·         This brings a new inner sense of peace (John 14:27; Philippians 4:7).

·         Be a peace-maker by sharing this good news with others. (cf. Romans 10:15)

 

c. Restore all Relationships through the Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6; Colossians 1:19,20)

·         Through Christ you have peace with God (Romans 5:1; cf. Matthew 10:28).

·         Through Christ you have peace with others. (Ephesians 2:13,14; Galatians 3:28).

 

The commendation for peace-makers: “…for they shall be called the children of God.”

 

2. To Be Loyal to Christ at all Cost (vv.10-12)
“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake…”

 

a. Loyalty to Christ requires:

·         That you should not keep your Christian identity a secret.

·         That you must be willing to bear suffering and persecution. (John 15:18-20; 2 Tim 3:12)

 

b. Persecution comes in many forms: (v.11)

·         Verbal abuse: “…when men shall revile you…” (cf. 1 Peter 2:21-23)

·         Harassment: “…and persecute you…” (cf. 1 Corinthians 4:11-13)

·         Slander: “…and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely…”

 

c. If you are persecuted let it be for the right reason.

“…for righteousness’ sake” (v.10); “…for My sake” (v.11; cf. 1 Peter 4:14-16)

 

d. A heavenly reward is promised for patiently bearing persecution. (v.12)

“Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad; for great is your reward in heaven.”  (cf. Phil 3:14)

 

Questions for Personal Reflection:

1.   Which kind of peace is more beneficial to the world – National/Communal peace or Individual/Spiritual peace? Why?

2.   How can you get yourself prepared and confident to be an effective peace-maker?

 

3.   How can you overcome the temptation to avoid facing any persecution from the world for being 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