Recognizing Your Spiritual Poverty: When Bankruptcy is a Good Thing (1 of 8) by Jeff Lynn

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Recognizing Your Spiritual Poverty: When Bankruptcy is a Good Thing (1 of 8)
Series: Blessing Redefined
Jeff Lynn
Matthew 5:1-12

This morning is the beginning of a new series entitled, "Blessing Redefined", based on the Beatitudes.

This 8-week series will be a series in the midst of a longer series based on the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7 that will take us through the spring and into the summer.

There is a tendency to work through this rather quickly, but we are going to take these beatitudes that are found in verses 3-11 one at a time to make sure we understand the rich meaning behind each one.

The context of this teaching that Jesus is about to give is on the heels of him doing miracles.
Let's look at the latter part of the previous chapter that leads into this section:

And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people. So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, epileptics, and paralytics, and he healed them. And great crowds followed him from Galilee and the Decapolis, and from Jerusalem and Judea, and from beyond the Jordan.
Matthew 4:23-25

Jesus is attracting great crowds due to his miracles.
So, as we read in the opening verses of chapter 5, "seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down his disciples came to him."

If I were attracting crowds because of the miracles that I was doing, and if my reputation was growing as a miracle worker, I might be tempted to fudge on a few things.
You know, say some "easy" things; things that wouldn't alienate anyone.
Make it easy to continue to follow me.
But not Jesus.

Here we have the first teaching of Jesus as recorded by Matthew.
Having garnered a lot of followers, surely the time was now for Jesus to communicate what is was l ...


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