The Sermon on the Mount begins with Jesus giving a list of characteristics possessed by those whom God considers to be “blessed”. I say that God is the One who considers these to be blessed because most people wouldn’t.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit.”
“Blessed are those who mourn.”
“Blessed are the meek.”
To most of us the opposite is true, it’s the rich, the joyful, and the powerful that are rightly considered blessed. Jesus is describing a group of people to avoid. “You’ll never reach your full potential if you get too tangled up with those poor whiney mourners!”
I hope everyone will be able to join me this Sunday for, “Blessed Are They Who Mourn”.
Please join us at DCC this Sunday morning for what is sure to be a wonderful time in fellowship and in the Word of God.
The morning gets underway at 9:45 with pre-service prayer and then coffee time.
The service begins at 10:30 with our usual time of worship and fellowship, and then Pastor Dan van de Laar will be continuing his current sermon series entitled; A Study Through the Epistle of Hebrews.
”Those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son.”
The desire to be more like Jesus is something that all Christians experience but few ever feel like they are achieving. By this time shouldn’t I at least be getting close? Is it possible that I am not trying hard enough? Is God as frustrated with my failures as I am? What if my next train-wreck is the last straw for Him?
Unless we remember that justification precedes sanctification and that both are the work of God in and for us - the Sermon on the Mount can leave true believers feeling hopelessly discouraged.
I hope you will all join me for more on this in The Sermon on the Mount - Part III