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Sermon Notes for Matthew 5:1-16

The Blessings of the Kingdom

Southgate Alliance Church, May 24, 2020

 

Introduction:

 

(Romans 3:21-26 / Hebrews 1:1-3)

 

I. The King and His Kingdom
 

Inside or outside? See Matthew 7:21-23; 8:11-12

 

The authority of Jesus – Compare 7:28-29 to 28:18

 

II. The Blessed of the Kingdom
 

Matthew 4:17 – Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.

 

3 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

Thus says the Lord: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool; what is the house that you would build for me, and what is the place of my rest? 2 All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the Lord. But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word. Isaiah 66:1-2

 

4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

 

5 Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

 

Meekness is a spirit of patient submission and humility before all providences produced by an abdication of personal rights and manifesting itself in a spirit of gentleness. – Sinclair Ferguson

 

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Philippians 2:5-8

 

Compare Matthew 11:28-30

 

6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

 

7 Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

 

8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

 

The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? Jeremiah 17:9

 

9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

 

10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

III. The Witnesses of the Kingdom
 

The Sermon on the Mount will do us NO GOOD without the rest of the story.

 

In this sermon, Jesus is still at the point where he is saying, “Watch me.”

  • "Watch me until I go all the way to a Roman Cross in Jerusalem to die in your place for your sins."
  • "Watch me as I get up from the dead on the first resurrection Sunday and declare that sin and death are finally defeated.”
  • "Watch me as I ascend to Heaven and receive a Kingdom from my Father and we send the Holy Spirit as the inheritance and guarantee for all who receive my gospel."

 

Text Application Questions for Matthew 5:1-16

The Blessings of the Kingdom

Southgate Alliance Church, May 24, 2020

 

Read Matthew 5:1-16

 

At what point in Jesus’ ministry did he deliver this sermon? Who was his audience?

 

Jesus began his message with eight blessings.

  • Who are these blessings for? That is, how do we get in on them?
  • Are these blessings something that the world would recognize as good things? Why or why not?
  • Is there are theme or structure to these blessings?
  • Which of these blessings stand out to you? Why? 

 

Why did Jesus expand upon the last blessing, the one about persecution?

 

How are Christ’s people like salt?

 

How might we become useless?

 

How are Christ’s people like light?

 

How might we hide that light?

 

What is the ultimate goal of “shining our light”? See 5:16