by Rick Ferguson

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Rick Ferguson
Matthew 5:7

“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
Gay-rights parade
Pro-abortion demonstrator
Bill Clinton
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 birt ...

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