by Jeff Schreve

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How to Live like a King's Kid-Part 3 (7 of 8)
Series: Do You Want to be Blessed?
Pastor Jeff Schreve
Matthew 5:1-12

If you have your Bible, please turn to Matthew chapter 5. We are in a series entitled, "Do You Want to be Blessed?" And for the last several weeks we've been looking at the blessings that Jesus talked about in Matthew chapter 5 in that great passage, the opening of the Sermon on the Mount and the Beatitudes that began that sermon.

Now I heard about a pastor, and he was leaving his church to go to a new church. And so it was his last Sunday, his farewell Sunday. And he preached and was, you know, saying his good-byes at the end of the service. And he was at the door, shaking everybody's hand and hugging necks for the last time. And this elderly woman came by and she said to him, she said, "Let me tell you, your successor is not going to be as good as you are." And he was flattered, you know, and he said, "Oh, that's so sweet of you to say that, but, surely, that's not true. You know, there's going to be a great guy coming in here." She said, "No, your successor won't be as good as you." And she said, "I've been in this church a long time, and I've been through five pastors. And every single one has been worse than the one before." Now that's not quite what he was expecting.

In the Beatitudes, they're different than what the people expected. There are 9 of them and we've told you that they're upside-down blessings. They're the opposite of what people would think would make for blessing.

"Blessed are the poor in spirit…." "No, no, no, no, no. Blessed are the rich in spirit, Jesus. You're missing a word here, you know."

"Blessed are those who mourn…." "No, no, no. Blessed are those who celebrate, you know."

All the things that He says, "Blessed are those who've been persecuted for the sake of righteousness…" "That is definitely not a blessing, Jesus. We need to go over Blessings Class 101 with You because You don't really seem ...

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