A Significant Place by Larry Wynn

MOTIVATION TO MERCY
MATTHEW 5:7
JUNE 27, 1999 A.M.
SERIES: “HAPPINESS IS AN INSIDE JOB”
MESSAGE #4
SUBJECT: MERCY

INTRODUCTION

A. IS A CHRISTIAN DEFINED BY WHAT HE IS
OR WHAT HE DOES?

1. SOMEONE MAY SAY, “THAT’S LIKE
ASKING WHICH CAME FIRST, THE
CHICKEN OR THE EGG.”

2. ACTUALLY THAT’S EASY: THE
CHICKEN, BECAUSE THE BIBLE SAYS
GOD CREATED ALL LIVING BEINGS.
THEN HE GAVE TO THEM THE
ABILITY TO REPRODUCE AFTER
THEIR OWN KIND.

B. IN THE SAME WAY A CHRISTIAN IS
DEFINED, FIRST BY WHAT HE IS. THAT
LEADS TO WHAT HE DOES.

1. MANY HAVE TRIED TO PIT THE
WRITER PAUL AGAINST JAMES ON
THIS SUBJECT.

2. THOSE WHO WANT TO LOOK AT THE
BIBLE CRITICALLY RATHER THAN
COMPLETELY WOULD SAY ONE
TEACHES SALVATION BY FAITH;
THE OTHER TEACHES SALVATION
BY ACTIONS.


a. PAUL: “BY GRACE ARE YOU
SAVED THROUGH FAITH; AND
THAT NOT OF YOURSELVES.
IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD. NOT
OF WORKS LEST ANYONE
SHOULD BOAST.”

b. JAMES: “FAITH WITHOUT
WORKS IS DEAD.”

3. WHO IS RIGHT? BOTH ARE.

C. “A CHRISTIAN IS SOMETHING BEFORE HE
DOES SOMETHING.” D. MARTIN LLOYD-
JONES.

1. “RIGHTEOUSNESS ON THE INSIDE
WILL PRODUCE THE FRUIT OF
RIGHT ACTION.”

2. THE BIBLE TEACHES ACTION THAT
SPRINGS FROM CHARACTER.

D. THE 4TH BEATITUDE SPEAKS OF ACTION
THAT SPRINGS FROM A NEW CHARACTER
IN CHRIST.

1. THE ACTION IS A MERCIFUL SPIRIT.

2. MERCY IS AN IMPORTANT QUALITY
IN A WORLD LIKE OURS TODAY.

I. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE MERCIFUL?

A. PEOPLE OFTEN SEE THIS QUALITY FROM
A WRONG PERSPECTIVE.


1. THEY BELIEVE IF I AM MERCIFUL,
THEN PEOPLE WILL BE MERCIFUL
TO ME. IF I AM GOOD TO
EVERYONE; THEN EVERYONE WILL
BE GOOD TO ME.

2. THIS IS NOT THE WAY THE WORLD
WORKS.

3. THE GREATEST EXAMPLE OF THIS IS
THE LORD JESUS.

a. JESUS WAS THE MOST
MERCIFUL PERSON WHO EVER
LIVED.

b. LOOK AT ALL HE DID.

(1) HE SAW THE SICK AND
HEALED T ...


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