“Come follow me” says Jesus as he invites us to learn from him a new way of life in God’s Kingdom. Today we begin this adventure with the foundational teaching that “Blessed and Happy are those who have spiritual poverty for the kingdom of God belongs to them!!” Get ready to surrender your heart as Jesus reveals the key to grabbing hold of more of heaven.
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Life in the Kingdom: Happy are the Poor in Spirit
Sept 8th, 2013 by Kasey Crawford
Today’s Passages: Matthew 4:17-5:3, Isaiah 57:14-15, John 15:5
The “kingdom” is when God’s will is done on _________ as it is in ____________.
The two most important questions in the life of a follower of Jesus:
What is ________ _____________ to me?
What am _____ going ______ about it?
A Disciple is a “student, ___________ or _______________.”
Jesus is inviting us to learn how to _______ ________ from the Master.
The Sermon on the Mount is where Jesus sets forth a ___________ for a whole new way of _________ that is possible- a life lived in God’s kingdom.
Jesus begins the sermon on the mount by declaring the ______________ of Kingdom life, often called the Beatitudes.
The word “blessed” is rooted in the word ____________.
Each of the beatitudes introduces a call to repentance and faith, a call to ________ the Lord and take ___________ that grabs hold of the kingdom at hand, resulting in the blessing/happiness of God’s kingdom transforming your life.
“Happy are the poor in Spirit” Matthew 5:3
What does it look like to be “Poor in Spirit?”
For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.” Isaiah 57:14-15.
Poor in Spirit is a _____________ that recognizes we don’t have it all together and we can’t do life well on our own.
Poor in Spirit looks to God as our source of ______________.
5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5
Poor in Spirit is a ______________ on God that has a keen awareness that everything good in life is going to come from God.
To apply Jesus teaching Poor in Spirit says “apart from you I can do ___________, only in ____________ I will bear fruit.”
Poor in Spirit is a humble, dependent posture that casts all ________ for a good life into the hands of the __________ that can produce the good fruit.
Poor in Spirit ultimately says _________ to Jesus’ gracious invitation to be the source of life.
Living as a Disciple…
What is God saying to you?
What are you going to do about it?
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