by Rick White

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What Did Jesus Say about Kingdom Character (1 of 15)
WWJD: The Series
Rick White
Matthew 5:1-12

Message Truth: As fully devoted Christ followers we have been called to a new lifestyle that represents the kingdom of God. As people of grace we are to exhibit a change both in attitude and actions.

Illustration: A little boy was in a heated argument with his sister about who was going to get the last brownie. His mother overheard the loud discussion in the kitchen and came in to resolve the conflict. Her two children were obviously very distraught about getting that final treat. Sensing the need to teach a deeper truth, the mom asked her children that ever-relevant question..."What would Jesus do?" The older sibling immediately answered, "That's easy, Jesus would just break the brownie and make 5,000 more!" (from "This We Believe," John Ortberg, Seeds Tape Ministry #C9841)

Matthew 5:1 through Matthew 5:12 (NIV)
1Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2and he began to teach them, saying:
3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11"Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Introduction to WWJD Series:

1. In 1896 Charles Sheldon was the pastor of the Central Congregation ...

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