MERCIFUL- MATTHEW 5:7
November 12, 2017 – Pastor Jon Spallino, Lead Pastor
The Sermon on the Mount is one of the most radical moments of Jesus’ life and ministry. Not only is it the launching pad for his teaching, but it was revolutionary for this culture. Jesus is describing what it is like to be a part of a new kingdom that he is establishing. The Beatitudes are new kingdom rules and attributes his followers should have. The result of living in this new kingdom is a flourishing life.
This week, Pastor Jon, teaches us what it means to be merciful people.
1 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. 5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. 6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. 7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. 8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. 9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. 10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (ESV)
1. How can being merciful be costly?
2. How has God shown you multiple chances?
3. Who do you need to offer mercy and compassion to?
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“The story of the prodigal son is less about the sons and more about a faithful and merciful Father.”Pastor Jon Spallino