Sunday, May 20, 2012

Jesus’ Rock Solid Principles for Living: An Introduction

Matthew 5:1-2

Important because….
  • Everyone’s desperate need is revealed in these principles.
  • God's prescription for happiness and success are found in these principles.
  • How to please the Lord with our life is found in these principles.

Overarching theme: Living a righteous life
  • Righteousness given Romans 3:21-22
  • Righteousness lived Matthew 5:20; 2 Corinthians 5:17
    • Jesus’ summary: Matthew 7:24-27
    • Jesus’ strategy v.1-2; Matthew 9:36-38
      • He saw the crowd with eyes of compassion.
      • He focused on training his followers. Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Timothy 2:2
  • Jesus’ desire:  for you to be blessed
    •  “Blessed” = Happy John 15:11
    • “Blessed” - A state of well-being and joy not affected by circumstances; an inward contentedness
    • Psalm 1 – O the blessedness of…
  • Jesus’ radical route to true happiness 1 John 2:15-16; Matthew 6:19-21
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly”
(John 10:10, NAS)

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