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Quantum Living - Exploring what Jesus taught about life in the Beatitudes
“Blessed are the merciful for they shall receive mercy.”
Opening Exercise: Have a scaled line in the congregation’s sermon notes that moves from “Disgust... Anger... Frustration... Apathy... Sympathy... Compassion... Mercy.” Put images in front of the congregation and ask them to mark their immediate emotional response to those images on this scale of emotions.
Homeless man with sign asking for money
Drug addict shooting-up
Prostitute walking the street
Elderly person in nursing home
Introduction: Jesus Christ will turn your life inside-out and upside-down if you will let Him.
The Christian life is something that is radical and revolutionary. It is so counter-cultural.
A true disciple of Jesus “stands out” from the culture, because he/she is being transformed into this radical, re-born person.
A true disciple of Jesus, is a person who has experienced the new-birth, and now Jesus Christ has set up residency in his/her life and is reproducing His life through that disciple.
When we read “The Sermon on the Mount,” recorded in Matthew 5, 6 and 7 we are reading the first sermon Jesus preached publicly. And in this sermon He describes who He is and who He wants His disciples to become. I’m telling you,
It is radical stuff.
It contradicts almost everything you have learned about life
It challenges almost every natural, innate tendency in your life.
In fact, it is so radical and revolutionary, that no person can possible live up to the conditions given for Kingdom citizens unless they have indeed been born again and Jesus Christ is supernaturally changing them from the inside out.
The truth is, you won’t even want to live out the standards and requirements given in the Sermon on the Mount unless you have experienced the new birth.
In the opening paragraph of Jesus first public sermon, He gave eight unbelievable but necessary conditions for living and experiencing life at its very fullest.
Jesus introduces each of these conditions with the word blessed.
He says, blessed is the person who lives this way.
NOTE: The word blessed is a broad and all encompassing word that describes living life to its very fullest. It is more than just being happy.
It is being complete, content, satisfied and joy-filled
It is being the object of the favor of God.
It is Quantum Living.
We have already explored four of these Quality of Life standards given by Jesus.
Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.
(3) Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.
(4) Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled.
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