Welcome to New Heritage Church! Our Mission of Purpose: Our mission: We enjoy God’s love & we return God’s love. Change that I can believe in… Eph 3:20‐21 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. LESSONS FROM THE BEATITUDES Matt 5:3‐12 What does it mean to live a blessed life? How do you define personal happiness? MOST PEOPLE'S IDEA OF HAPPINESS: Having the right conditions Ecc 2:1‐26 Solomon: "I decided to enjoy myself and find out what happiness is..." (Ecc. 2:1) I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure; enjoy yourself.” (Ecc 2:1) The problem Solomon found was that it led to dead end living: ‐Accumulating things (vs. 7‐8) ‐Experiencing pleasure (vs. 3, 10) ‐Achieving success (vs. 4‐6, 9) ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐"All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind." (vs. 17) Then he turns back to God’s way to happiness: It starts with the proper perspective Matt 5:3‐12 2 Key Thoughts: 1. God wants to bless you. He wants you to find happiness. 2. You were made to be a blessing. He wants you to bring happiness to others. WHAT DOES BLESSING MEAN? Eulogeitos (eww’ geit’ to): an adjective meaning "well spoken of; praised": something we give. Eulogew (eww’o’ gew’): a verb meaning "to call down God's gracious power": something we bring. Eulogia(eww o’gia): a noun meaning "praise; fine speaking": something we are. Blessing means to be empowered to prosper, succeed and to have a pleasant journey through life. However, my happiness is not determined by what's happening around me, but rather what's happening in me! The first step to happiness: HUMILITY "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Matt. 5:3) Phillips translation says: "Happy are those who know their need for God, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs!"
How humility increases my happiness: ‐‐It reduces stress. Isa. 49:4 ‐‐It strengthens my relationships. Eph. 4:29‐32 ‐‐It keeps me from comparing. Gal. 6:4 ‐‐It changes my focus. Phil. 2:3‐6 ‐‐It releases God's power. James 4:6; John 13:17 Where do I need to practice humility this week? In what areas do I need to rely more upon God's power than my own strength? Sermon Questions and my steps: 1‐ Have you ever chased something you thought would bring you happiness and found that it was not what you thought it would be? 2‐ Does my happiness matter to God? 3‐ Are there requirements (physical, spiritual, emotional) for being happy? If so what? 4‐ How does God reset our idea of what happiness in Matt 5:3 5‐ How can you practice humility this week?
Welcome to New Heritage Church! Our Mission of Purpose: Our mission: We enjoy God’s love & we return God’s love. Change that I can believe in… Eph 3:20‐21 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. LESSONS FROM THE BEATITUDES Matt 5:3‐12 What does it mean to be blessed? How do you define personal happiness? How to live the happy life? What is the measurement of happy life? WHAT DOES BLESSING MEAN? Eulogeitos (eww’ geit’ to): an adjective meaning "well spoken of; praised": something we give. Eulogew (eww’o’ gew’): a verb meaning "to call down God's gracious power": something we bring. Eulogia(eww o’gia): a noun meaning "praise; fine speaking": something we are. Blessing means to be empowered to prosper, succeed and to have a pleasant journey through life. However, my happiness is not determined by what's happening around me, but rather what's happening in me! This passage defines what Jesus’ earthly ministry to mankind….these things are not how we would often answer them…. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted Matt 5:4 What are things in life that break our hearts? (Ask audience) The loss of friendships‐ we all know when something breaks….there is a grieving a heartache…. The loss of freedoms‐ there are things we love. Someone had a stroke and they can’t do what they did. The loss of love‐ we wouldn’t mind if it’s just puppy love…but real love hurts…big! The loss of dreams‐ The loss of direction‐ The loss of loved ones‐ "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted." (Matt. 5:4) “Happy are those that mourn….” It seems like there is NO way this can be true….but it is. How to experience God’s comfort: 1. Realize God is with me Psalm 34:18‐‐ The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Things I Need to Remember: God is aware.
Job 13:27 ‐You put my feet in the stocks and watch all my paths; you set a limit for the soles of my feet. God cares. Nahum 1:7 ‐The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him. God wants to help. Hebrews 4:16 ‐Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. 2. Release the hurt How? I must stop focusing on what’s lost and start focusing on what’s left. You choose what you do with your hurt: Repress it— Rehearse it‐‐ we often just keep going over it ….and over it ….and it keeps us stuck. How many times do we have to watch the Notebook or a walk to remember? We know the ending…. There is a difference between moaning and mourning….. Resent it— we go over it and over it again….and we hold tight to the pain…but we can let go. Release it—we can get apathetic…non affected…but God wants to release us and He will avenge us. Isaiah 43:18‐ Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Romans 12:19 ‐ Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 3. Rely on God’s resources Three "Comforters": God's Word it’s a comfort to turn to the bible…as it is a comfort to turn to a letter written by a passed loved one. Psalm 119:25 My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to your word! God's people 2 Corinthians 1:3‐4 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus God's spirit – Jesus knew he needed to leave the HS with us…the comforter must come because you’re going to need Him. There is something in the HS that he does in us…he can fill our pain somehow with peace. He comforts in ways that only a savior could and not a human could… we have to invite him in…. Romans 15:13‐‐ What is your pain today? What’s causing you grief? What’s breaking your heart today? There is comfort today…there is more than enough to help you through it. God will take and move your mourning into dancing….you need to ask… In what areas do I need to rely on God’s comfort now in my life?
Sermon Questions and my steps: 1‐ 2‐ 3‐ 4‐
What is the earliest memory you have of losing a close loved one? Who was it? How do you often respond to loss? Repress, resent, rehearse, or release? Share some of the ways you have relied on God in times of loss? In what areas do I need to rely on God’s comfort now in my life?
Welcome to New Heritage Church! Our Mission of Purpose: Our mission: We enjoy God’s love & we return God’s love. Change that I can believe in… Eph 3:20‐21 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Matt 5:3‐12 LESSONS FROM THE BEATITUDES‐‐ Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Matt 5:5 What does it mean to be blessed? How do you define personal happiness? How to live the happy life? What is the measurement of happy life? WHAT DOES BLESSING MEAN? It is something we give, something we bring, something we are. Blessing means to be empowered to prosper, succeed and to enjoy the journey called life. However, my happiness is not determined by what's happening around me, but rather what's happening in me! And last week we spoke about “being comforted” by God….blessed/happy are those who mourn for they will be comforted… we spoke about the things that break our hearts…loss of friendships, freedoms, love, dreams, direction, loved ones….loss is part of our lives but Jesus wanted us to know and live having a proper sense of mourning or loss. It’s happy to mourn because He lives and comforts us in our time of need. When you think of "meekness", what do you think of? What does it mean to you? The scriptures tell us much about the word and the importance of it in our lives….this meekness is not only an attitude it’s an action as well in our lives…I will even go as far to say that we MUST have meekness to a follower of Christ. But what does the scripture say about it? ‐Meekness is to be sought after. Zep 2:3‐it’s something we seek after…we don’t come by it naturally. ‐Meekness is a character quality of Christ. Matt 11:29‐ Jesus himself was described as meek…lowly in heart. ‐Meekness is a fruit of the Spirit. Gal 5:22,23‐ something we learn how to do…. ‐The meek receive salvation. Ps 149:4‐ ‐The meek have extra joy. Isa 29:19‐ you can be a Christian and still have something missing…. ‐The meek receive satisfaction. Ps 22:26‐ the metaphor is of eating….the meek can enjoy the meal…satisfied. ‐The meek are blessed. Matt 5:5‐ ‐The meek receive peace. Ps 37:11‐ peace that comes from being meek…. ‐Meekness helps us to receive God’s Word. James 1:21‐ something that happen in our hearts when we are meek…we can receive the word… ‐The meek receive guidance from the Lord. Ps 25:9‐ God’s promise is that He will guide the meek person… What Meekness is NOT: ‐ being timid, fearful, spineless, shy, or lacking self confidence ‐ meekness is not weakness ‐ meekness is not about being nice nor is it being an easy going person‐ Jesus demonstrated this when he was
whipped with the cat of 9 tails….he was strong under duress…. ‐ it is not being someone’s doormat ‐ it is not about never getting angry What Meekness is: ‐ it is strength under control ‐ it is an inward quality of our hearts, similar to that of humility and gentleness ‐ meekness means actively reaching out to others with gentleness and kindness GREEK ‐ praiotes (prah‐ot'‐ace) ….they describe the word in metaphors….there are 3 that describe meek…. The positive side The negative side ‐ a medicine can soothe a fevered brow ‐ an overdose of medicine can kill ‐ a gentle breeze refreshes on a hot summer day ‐ a raging wind can do much damage ‐ a broken horse, now able to do constructive work ‐ a wild horse is a dangerous thing Meekness is the expression that controls a person’s reactions, impulses, and use of self control in their life. ‐Blessed is the man who has every instinct, impulse and passion under control. How do we respond? When do I need to control my reactions? ‐When someone serves you be understanding, not demanding. –think of a waiter or waitress? How do you respond to their service? Are you grateful or ambivalent? Philippians 2:4‐5 ‐When someone disappoints you be gentle, not judgmental. – responding in meekness in this scenario is real difficult but something you learn. Judgmental people rarely are happy so Jesus illustrates meekness this way. Romans 14:1; Galatians 6:1‐2 ‐When someone disagrees with you be tender without, surrender. – without surrendering your passions and convictions….someone asked me about gay marriage….it’s hard as I don’t want to misrepresent my view but I want to be tender to their belief. It doesn’t mean that I need to compromise my convictions….we can walk hand and hand with somebody but not see eye to eye….we can still love them and they love us. If the beatitudes is about anything it’s about perspective…God’s way of seeing life….our attitude should be like His. Proverbs 15:1; James 3:16‐17; 2 Timothy 2:24‐25 ‐When someone corrects you be teachable, not unreachable.—be open to hearing about your weaknesses….some people just have no desire to be teachable..a meek person is open to instruction. James 1:19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger. ‐When someone hurts you be an actor not a reactor. – life has it’s own share of hurts…there will be those people who will hurt us…it’s going to happen…they sometimes mean to and sometimes don’t….the way we handle this is important….we don’t want to react to the hurt we want to act on the hurt…. I will live in a way that allows me to forgive or let go of bitterness. I will live in grace and mercy not in anger and hurt… it’s a way we live not the way we react to life….when we live in meekness we live under God’s control not under the control of this world… Romans 12:17,21; Proverbs 16:32; 2 Timothy 1:7 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Sermon Questions and my steps: 1‐ Give a word picture of “strength”. 2‐ Do you see meekness as a “controlled strength” or perceived weakness? 3‐ What areas of meekness do you need to work towards?
“The meek man is not a human mouse afflicted with a sense of his own inferiority. Rather he may be in his moral life as bold as a lion and as strong as Samson; but he has stopped being fooled about himself. He has accepted God’s estimate of his own life. He knows he is as weak and helpless as God declared him to be, but he knows at the same time that he is in the sight of God of more importance than angels. In himself, nothing; in God, everything. That is his motto." A.W. Tozer “Meekness, this is what Christ said characterizes people in His kingdom. They're not defending themselves. They're not running around trying to get their due. They don't...they know they have nothing. They're already broken in spirit over the sin. They're already mourning and weeping over the consequence of it. And in humility they stand before a holy God and they have nothing to commend themselves. Power under control, they trust in God. They delight in Him. And God promises to give them the earth. It isn't cowardice. It isn't flabbiness. It isn't a wishy‐washy lack of conviction. It isn't just human niceness. Meekness says in myself nothing is possible, but in God everything is possible. Meekness says for me I offer no defense, for God I'll give my life. For God I'll die. It's not a passive acceptance of sin, but it's an anger under control. It's holy indignation.” – John MacArthur