PEACE            WITHOUT HONOR                    Matthew 5:9-12THE DISCIPLE’S HANDBOOKStudies in the Sermon on the Mount
What does a peacemaker look like?
What does a peacemaker look like?
What does a peacemaker look like?
What does a peacemaker look like?
THE DISCIPLE’S HANDBOOK            Worship       Economy    Code                       RelationshipsCharacter         Disc...
THE DISCIPLE’S CHARACTER       Matthew 5:1-16
1. When Jesus uttered the Beatitudes, which do you think            better expresses what he was doing?                   ...
Blessed are …   Spiritually     • Matthew 5:3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for   Bankrupt          theirs is the kingd...
Blessed are …                     • Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger andCrying for Justice     thirst for righteou...
PEACE WITHOUT HONORThe Disciple’s Relationship with the World
BLESSED ARE …Those who promote harmony
Blessed are …Promoting     • Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for Harmony        they will be called children of G...
Isaiah 9:6For to us a child is born, to us a son isgiven, and the government will be on hisshoulders. And he will be calle...
Romans 15:33The God of peace bewith you all. Amen.
Romans 16:20The God of peace will soon crushSatan under your feet. The graceof our Lord Jesus be with you.
Philippians 4:9Whatever you have learned orreceived or heard from me, orseen in me--put it into practice.And the God of pe...
1 Thessalonians 5:23May God himself, the God of peace, sanctifyyou through and through. May your wholespirit, soul and bod...
Three aspects of Peacemaking                Romans 5:1 Since we                have been justifiedGod                throu...
Three aspects of Peacemaking               2 Corinthians 5:18-20 God               …has committed to us the               ...
Three aspects of Peacemaking      Others                  Hebrews 12:14God               Make every effort                ...
Three aspects of Peacemaking               1 Thessalonians 4:11-12      Others   Make it your ambition to               le...
Three aspects of Peacemaking                         1 Peter 3:8-11 all of      Others                         you, live i...
Three aspects of Peacemaking      Others                         Romans 14:19 Let us                One      therefore mak...
Three aspects of Peacemaking      Others             Romans 12:16-18 Live                One                         in ha...
Three aspects of Peacemaking      Others             Colossians 3:15 Let the                         peace of Christ rule ...
Blessed are …Promoting     • Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for Harmony        they will be called children of G...
BLESSED ARE …Those who are mistreated for doing right
Blessed are … Promoting         • Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for  Harmony            they will be called chi...
Persecution            “to          accuse”                     to treat  “to                    cruelly orpursue”        ...
2 Timothy 3:12Everyone who wants to live agodly life in Christ Jesus will bepersecuted.
1 Peter 3:14, 17If you should suffer for what is right, you areblessed. … 17 It is better, if it is Gods will, tosuffer fo...
1 Thessalonians 3:2-4We sent Timothy… to strengthen and encourageyou in your faith, 3 so that no one would beunsettled by ...
Blessed are … Promoting         • Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for  Harmony            they will be called chi...
BLESSED ARE …Those who are mistreated for Jesus
Blessed are … Promoting         • Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for  Harmony            they will be called chi...
Differences between verses 10 and 11   Expanded                            Different cause  mistreatment              Adds...
John 15:18-21If the world hates you, keep in mind that ithated me first. ... If they persecuted me, theywill persecute you...
1 Peter 4:14If you are insulted because of thename of Christ, you are blessed.
2002 Barna Group Poll of Non-Christian Favorability60%50%40%30%20%10% 0%                     Favorable   Unfavorable
1 Peter 4:15-16If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer orthief or any other kind of criminal, or even as ameddler. 1...
1 Peter 3:15-16Always be prepared to give an answer toeveryone who asks you to give the reason for thehope that you have. ...
Matthew 5:12Rejoice and be glad, becausegreat is your reward inheaven, for in the same way theypersecuted the prophets who...
Hebrews 11:13-16All these people were still living by faith when they died.They did not receive the things promised; they ...
Blessed are … Promoting         • Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for  Harmony            they will be called chi...
2. Which of the Beatitudes do you feel you best demonstrate in                                your life?                  ...
3. Which of the Beatitudes do you feel needs most                      improvement in your life?                          ...
Comparison of Responses as to Strongest vs. Weakest Areas201816141210 8 6 4 2                                             ...
4. Rank your progress in developing the disciples character in   your own life, from your strongest area to your weakest. ...
CONGRATULATIONS!The kingdom of heaven is yours!
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Lesson 3 in a series on the Sermon on the Mount. Adapted from a lesson with the same title by Chip Bell at www.Bible.org. Presented September 23, 2012, at Palm Desert Church of Christ, by Dale Wells

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  • The New Testament tells us about the things that Jesus taught his followers as he tried to change their way of thinking to get them to think from God’s perspective instead of from a limited human perspective. Today we continue our study of the “Sermon on the Mount” found in Matthew 5-7. Today we look at the last three beatitudes.
  • ^ Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) – Hindu. 1930 - Time Magazine’s “Man of the Year” Runner-up to Albert Einstein as “Person of the Century” Employed non-violent civil disobedience to lead India to independence. He inspired movements for non-violence, civil rights and freedom across the world. Assassinated in 1948. He said, “There is no way to peace. Peace is the way.”^ Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) – Baptist preacher. 1964 - Received Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence. Assassinated in 1968. He said: “Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”^ 14th Dalai Lama (1935-) – Buddhist monk. Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. Exiled from his native Tibet in 1959 and living in exile in India since then. He said: “We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.”
  • ^ If we were to ask the question 150 years ago, we might say a peacemaker looked like this.^ Or, if we were to ask the question today, we might say it looks like this (Peacekeeper missile)
  • Would you think of someone like Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the Lutheran preacher and theologian?^ He said “We are disciples of Christ, or we are not Christians at all.”I sent you a link to a YouTube video about Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Would you ever think a peacemaker looked like him? For those who didn’t get to watch the video, here’s a brief overview of Bonhoeffer.
  • Thoroughgoing pacifist. When asked what he would do if called to military service, he said: “I will pray that God will give me the strength not to take up arms”1933 - At 26, the first voice to speak out publicly against Hitler, in a radio address two days after Hitler became ChancellorOther church leaders allowed selves and churches to be co-opted by the Nazis. Bonhoeffer never bowedPart of resistance; participated in plots to assassinate Hitler.How to reconcile this with pacifism? Reasoned the death of one madman necessary to spare millions who would otherwise dieDid not rationalize his action: “When a man takes guilt upon himself in responsibility, he imputes his guilt to himself and no one else. He answers for it ... Before other men he is justified by dire necessity; before himself he is acquitted by his conscience, but before God he hopes only for grace.”^ Lived up to his words: “When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die”Hanged April 9, 1945 at order of Hitler. Last words: “This is the end. For me, the beginning of life.”Two weeks later, Allies liberated Flossenberg where he was imprisoned and died. Three weeks after his death, Hitler committed suicide.
  • I’ve called this “The Disciple’s Handbook” because it tells us what Jesus expects of his disciples in the Kingdom of God. In Bonhoeffer’s words, “We are disciples of Christ, or we are not Christians at all.”The Sermon on the Mount is an instruction manual for Jesus’ disciples. It touches all areas of our lives.
  • The Disciple’s Handbook begins with the characteristics of disciples. There are nine phrases that describe the kind of people Jesus expects us to be. These nine phrases are sometimes called “The Beatitudes” because they each begin with the word “Blessed” and describe how happy you will be when you realize what God’s kingdom is like. The word “makarios” means someone who should be congratulated. So if you’ve developed these characteristics, then congratulations! You’re the kind of person Jesus expects his disciples to be. But the characteristics Jesus describes are a little surprising. The beatitudes are commonly thought of as characteristics that we must strive to attain so that we may qualify for the blessings of the kingdom. But I’m not sure that’s what Jesus has in mind.
  • When Jesus uttered the Beatitudes, which do you think better expresses what he was doing?50% - Setting a new standard of holiness and asking the disciples to rise to meet it50% - Giving the disciples hope for God's approval in spite of their unworthinessMaybe he was doing both. First, he shows that God’s standard is absolute perfection. He gives us a standard of excellence to which we aspire. Second, he assures disciples that God will approve us, in spite of our unworthiness, because of his grace and our relationship to Jesus.This was the introduction to his lesson, designed to meet people right where they were and give them hope that God’s kingdom will satisfy their deepest needs and fulfill their deepest desires no matter how unworthy they might be.
  • First week, we talked about disciple’s needs
  • Second week, we talked about disciple’s desiresBut all these people are going to inherit the kingdom strictly out of God’s grace, not because they have mastered the disciple’s character.
  • Today we come to the final set of three beatitudes. They each have to do with the disciple’s relationship to the world – to those who are not disciples. Paradox: citizens of the Kingdom are called to pursue peace with citizens of the world, but Jesus says that their peaceful overtures will generally be answered with hatred and violence. The life of a disciple in this world is a life of peace without honor. If you are experiencing these three things in your relationships with the people around you, then congratulations! What you are experiencing is normal for a disciple. That’s exactly the way God’s Kingdom works.
  • The seventh beatitude is found in Matthew 5:9
  • This verse is not about those who are peaceful nor about pacifists, but about those who actively try to promote peace in the world. Dietrich Bonhoeffer is an example of a peacemaker who shows us that making peace is not passive. Sometimes it requires confrontation when we would personally feel more peaceful if we simply ignored the problem and walked the other way. Sometimes making peace requires taking a tough stand and not giving up. Making peace is a pursuit. It is action, not apathy.
  • A disciple is a peace peddler, representing Jesus, the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6)
  • A disciple represents the God of Peace (Romans 15:33).Notice how often God is described as “the God of peace”.
  • That is why those who promote peace are called “sons of God” because they act just like their Father, the inventor of peace. There are three aspects of peacemaking.
  • First of all, the peace that we promote on earth is peace with God. We have peace with God
  • We are also meant to help others find peace with God. We bring a message to the world we live in. God is not their enemy. He loves everyone and wants to have a relationship with them. Part of making peace is promoting harmony between man and God.
  • Then, thereispeacewithothers. There seems to be a good deal of antagonism these days between the American church and the people of the world. There’s a lot of “us vs. them”. But listen to what the Bible says about the desired relationship between the church and the people of the world.
  • Finally, thereispeacewithoneanother – peacewithfellow-disciples.
  • Even in the healthiest church, there will be conflicts and clashes. A peacemaker is one who works for reconciliation and harmony between brothers and sisters in the fellowship.
  • Are you a peace promoter? Do your words and actions bring people into harmony with God, with you and with each other? If so, then congratulations! You are just like your Father, the God of Peace. You are developing one of the qualities that Jesus looks for in his disciples.
  • Unfortunately, however, your attempts to promote peace will not always be met in kind. The eighth beatitude is in Matthew 5:10,
  • My parents told me growing up that doing the right thing is its own reward. But sometimes, doing the right thing will bring you trouble. That’s the message behind this beatitude. If you have ever been mistreated because you did the right thing, then congratulations! You have just experienced another one of the qualities that characterizes Jesus’ disciples. However strongly you try to promote harmony in your relationships with those outside the kingdom, you are destined to experience their hatred, their abuse and perhaps even their violence.
  • When we read the word “persecution” in the Bible, we usually think of people who have been tortured or even executed because of their faith. ^ The word used here for “persecute” certainly includes torture and murder, but it is not limited to the most extreme forms of persecution. ^ Diwkw means “to pursue”, to chase after something or someone. In this context, it is pursuing someone to hunt them, mistreat them or hassle them. While persecution can be torture, it could also be teasing someone, discriminating against someone, or refusing to tolerate them. ^ In Greek, it was used in the legal profession as a technical term which meant “to accuse” someone. ^ We use the English word as “to treat someone in a cruel or unfair way.”This beatitude says that if you are mistreated because you did the right thing, then you are to be congratulated. Your mistreatment is evidence that you are Jesus’ disciple.
  • If you do the right thing, sometimes you will suffer for it. That’s OK. In fact, congratulations! That’s part of being a disciple. Acts 17 tells the story of Paul’s trip to the Greek city of Thessalonica. He was there only three weeks but during that time several people became Christians and a church was formed. However, at the end of three weeks, citizens opposed to Christianity started a riot and arrested some of the new believers, accusing them of treason against Caesar. They were released after posting bond. A few months later, Paul wrote a letter to the newly formed church.
  • Posing as persecuted is a favorite stunt. The kingdom of heaven belongs only to those who suffer for the sake of doing right, not those who are guilty of doing wrong.Experiencing persecution for doing the right thing is a normal part of being a follower of Jesus. If you’re persecuted because of righteousness, congratulations!
  • The ninth and final beatitude is similar, but it makes a slightly different point. It is in Matthew 5:11.
  • Notice the differences between verses 10 and 11. ^ For one thing, the mistreatment has broadened. ^ Verse 10 mentions “persecution”. ^ Verse 11 has a whole menu of mistreatment: insults, persecution, and slander (spreading lies about someone that damages their reputation). We have added to persecution two forms of verbal attack. Insult has the idea of saying something damaging directly to someone. Slander has the idea of saying untrue, smears about you to someone else. ^ The second difference is a cause of the mistreatment. ^ In verse 10, it is mistreatment because of doing the right thing. ^ But in verse 11, it is mistreatment because of Jesus. No prize awaits one there who deserves all the evil said of him and done to him here.
  • In the same way that a follower of Jesus will imitate Jesus by promoting peace, a citizen of God’s Kingdom will also imitate Jesus in another way. Just as he was mistreated, so will we be mistreated.
  • But suffering mistreatment because of Jesus is an honor. (same word for insult).
  • 2002 Barna Research Group polled non-Christians’ feelings about 11 groups. Of 11 groups, evangelicals came in 10th, trailing lesbians and lawyers but beating out prostitutes.”Dan, if it’s any consolation, lawyers fared better than Republicans. And, Sheila, real estate agents fared better than both. Less than half of the non-Christian public has a favorable impression of religious groups. Just 44% have positive views of ministers, only one-third (32%) have a positive impression of born again Christians and just one-fifth (22%) have a positive view of evangelicals. We’ve all heard reports on the news or seen movies that portraybelievers as backward, stupid, gullible, naïve, prudish, judgmental, insensitive and cruel. When these insults are not true and they are delivered as a result of our association with Jesus, then we are to be congratulated, because we have just experienced something that confirms our discipleship. Our world is becoming increasingly intolerant of anyone who believes in absolute truth and dares to advocate a moral position. When that behavior is slandered, you are being mistreated for following Jesus. Congratulations!
  • Unfortunately, sometimes when Christians are criticized as backward, stupid, gullible, naïve, prudish, judgmental, insensitive and cruel, it’s because they are! Peter says that not all suffering is noble. Sometimes we suffer because we bring it on ourselves. It makes me cringe when I hear a so-called Christian leader in government or a publicly known church leader open their mouths and say backward, stupid, gullible, naïve, prudish, judgmental, insensitive and cruel things about other people. That kind of behavior justly brings the ridicule of the world and that is not being persecuted because of doing the right thing or because of having a relationship with Jesus.
  • Jesus says this is cause for celebration! Providing that the insults, the persecution and the slander are really because of Christ and not because we deserve it, this kind of mistreatment is actually cause for celebration.If you are being insulted, persecuted or slandered because of Jesus, congratulations! You’re in good company. Many have gone before you who endured the same experiences because they too were following God, trying to do the right thing and proclaiming the message of peace. What awaits both them and us is a great reward: the Kingdom of God.
  • Hebrews 11 tells the stories of men and women who believed God and suffered for it, looking forward to the reward that awaits them.
  • 2. Which of the Beatitudes do you feel you best demonstrate in your life?23% - Spiritually Bankrupt (“Poor in spirit”)2% - Deeply Dismayed (“Mourn”)19% - Totally Inadequate (“Meek”)10% - Crying for Justice (“Hunger and thirst for righteousness”)21% - Unexpectedly Forgiving (“Merciful”)0% - Absolutely Innocent (“Pure in heart”)25% - Promoting Harmony (“Peacemakers”)0% - Mistreated for Doing Right (“Persecuted because of righteousness”)0% - Mistreated for Jesus (“People falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me”)
  • 3. Which of the Beatitudes do you feel needs most improvement in your life?9% - Spiritually Bankrupt (“Poor in spirit”)0% - Deeply Dismayed (“Mourn”)4% - Totally Inadequate (“Meek”)11% - Crying for Justice (“Hunger and thirst for righteousness”)13% - Unexpectedly Forgiving (“Merciful”)40% - Absolutely Innocent (“Pure in heart”)6% - Promoting Harmony (“Peacemakers”)6% - Mistreated for Doing Right (“Persecuted because of righteousness”)11% - Mistreated for Jesus (“People falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me”)
  • This is a comparison of the responses to questions 2 (strongest area) and 3 (weakest area)Most of us feel pretty good about peacemaking, spiritual poverty, mercy and meekness.We feel worst about being absolutely innocent (pure in heart).We’re evenly split on this business of seeking justice/righteousness.
  • 4. Rank your progress in developing the disciple's character in your own life, from your strongest area to your weakest.Strongest areas: Promoting Harmony (“Peacemakers”)Unexpectedly Forgiving (“Merciful”)Crying for Justice (“Hunger and thirst for righteousness”)Weakest areas:Absolutely Innocent (“Pure in heart”)Mistreated for Jesus (“People falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me”)Mistreated for Doing Right (“Persecuted because of righteousness”)Middle-of-the-road:Spiritually Bankrupt (“Poor in spirit”)Deeply Dismayed (“Mourn”)Totally Inadequate (“Meek”)
  • Are you promoting harmony? Are you also being mistreated either because you’re doing right or just because you belong to Jesus? If so, then congratulations! You are living the life of a disciple.Don’t worry. Be happy. Your reward is great and it’s worth whatever you have to endure while we’re here on our layover on planet earth. Our invitation song is “Where He Leads, I’ll Follow” Before we sing it, I want to share some relevant quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
  • Whatever is holding you back from obeying Jesus is holding you back from discipleship – and from the blessings of the Beatitudes.
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    1. 1. PEACE WITHOUT HONOR Matthew 5:9-12THE DISCIPLE’S HANDBOOKStudies in the Sermon on the Mount
    2. 2. What does a peacemaker look like?
    3. 3. What does a peacemaker look like?
    4. 4. What does a peacemaker look like?
    5. 5. What does a peacemaker look like?
    6. 6. THE DISCIPLE’S HANDBOOK Worship Economy Code RelationshipsCharacter Disciple’s Choices
    7. 7. THE DISCIPLE’S CHARACTER Matthew 5:1-16
    8. 8. 1. When Jesus uttered the Beatitudes, which do you think better expresses what he was doing? Setting a new standard of50% 50% holiness and asking the disciples to rise to meet it Giving the disciples hope for Gods approval in spite of their unworthiness
    9. 9. Blessed are … Spiritually • Matthew 5:3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for Bankrupt theirs is the kingdom of heaven. • Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, forDeeply Dismayed they will be comforted. Totally • Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek, for they will Inadequate inherit the earth.
    10. 10. Blessed are … • Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger andCrying for Justice thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Unexpectedly • Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, for they Forgiving will be shown mercy. Absolutely • Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for Innocent they will see God.
    11. 11. PEACE WITHOUT HONORThe Disciple’s Relationship with the World
    12. 12. BLESSED ARE …Those who promote harmony
    13. 13. Blessed are …Promoting • Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for Harmony they will be called children of God.
    14. 14. Isaiah 9:6For to us a child is born, to us a son isgiven, and the government will be on hisshoulders. And he will be called WonderfulCounselor, Mighty God, EverlastingFather, Prince of Peace.
    15. 15. Romans 15:33The God of peace bewith you all. Amen.
    16. 16. Romans 16:20The God of peace will soon crushSatan under your feet. The graceof our Lord Jesus be with you.
    17. 17. Philippians 4:9Whatever you have learned orreceived or heard from me, orseen in me--put it into practice.And the God of peace will be withyou.
    18. 18. 1 Thessalonians 5:23May God himself, the God of peace, sanctifyyou through and through. May your wholespirit, soul and body be kept blameless at thecoming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    19. 19. Three aspects of Peacemaking Romans 5:1 Since we have been justifiedGod through faith, we have peace with God through Peace our Lord Jesus Christ,
    20. 20. Three aspects of Peacemaking 2 Corinthians 5:18-20 God …has committed to us the message of reconciliation.God 20 We are therefore Christs ambassadors, as though God were making Peace his appeal through us…. Be reconciled to God.
    21. 21. Three aspects of Peacemaking Others Hebrews 12:14God Make every effort to live in peace Peace with all men.
    22. 22. Three aspects of Peacemaking 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 Others Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mindGod your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, 12 so that Peace your daily life may win the respect of outsiders.
    23. 23. Three aspects of Peacemaking 1 Peter 3:8-11 all of Others you, live in harmonyGod One with one another; … 9 Another Do not repay … insult with insult, but with Peace blessing, … 11 seek peace and pursue it.
    24. 24. Three aspects of Peacemaking Others Romans 14:19 Let us One therefore make everyGod Another effort to do what leads to peace and to Peace mutual edification.
    25. 25. Three aspects of Peacemaking Others Romans 12:16-18 Live One in harmony with oneGod another. … 18 If it is Another possible, as far as it Peace depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
    26. 26. Three aspects of Peacemaking Others Colossians 3:15 Let the peace of Christ rule in OneGod Another your hearts, since as members of one body Peace you were called to peace.
    27. 27. Blessed are …Promoting • Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for Harmony they will be called children of God.
    28. 28. BLESSED ARE …Those who are mistreated for doing right
    29. 29. Blessed are … Promoting • Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for Harmony they will be called children of God.Mistreated for • Matthew 5:10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is Doing Right the kingdom of heaven.
    30. 30. Persecution “to accuse” to treat “to cruelly orpursue” unfairly διώκω
    31. 31. 2 Timothy 3:12Everyone who wants to live agodly life in Christ Jesus will bepersecuted.
    32. 32. 1 Peter 3:14, 17If you should suffer for what is right, you areblessed. … 17 It is better, if it is Gods will, tosuffer for doing good than for doing evil.
    33. 33. 1 Thessalonians 3:2-4We sent Timothy… to strengthen and encourageyou in your faith, 3 so that no one would beunsettled by these trials. You know quite wellthat we were destined for them. 4 In fact, whenwe were with you, we kept telling you that wewould be persecuted. And it turned out thatway, as you well know.
    34. 34. Blessed are … Promoting • Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for Harmony they will be called children of God.Mistreated for • Matthew 5:10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is Doing Right the kingdom of heaven.
    35. 35. BLESSED ARE …Those who are mistreated for Jesus
    36. 36. Blessed are … Promoting • Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for Harmony they will be called children of God.Mistreated for • Matthew 5:10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is Doing Right the kingdom of heaven.Mistreated for • Matthew 5:11 "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds Jesus of evil against you because of me
    37. 37. Differences between verses 10 and 11 Expanded Different cause mistreatment Adds insult Because of Because ofPersecution and slander doing right Jesus (vs. 10) (vs. 11) (vs. 10) (vs. 11)
    38. 38. John 15:18-21If the world hates you, keep in mind that ithated me first. ... If they persecuted me, theywill persecute you also. …They will treat youthis way because of my name.
    39. 39. 1 Peter 4:14If you are insulted because of thename of Christ, you are blessed.
    40. 40. 2002 Barna Group Poll of Non-Christian Favorability60%50%40%30%20%10% 0% Favorable Unfavorable
    41. 41. 1 Peter 4:15-16If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer orthief or any other kind of criminal, or even as ameddler. 16 However, if you suffer as aChristian, do not be ashamed, but praise Godthat you bear that name.
    42. 42. 1 Peter 3:15-16Always be prepared to give an answer toeveryone who asks you to give the reason for thehope that you have. But do this with gentlenessand respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, sothat those who speak maliciously against yourgood behavior in Christ may be ashamed of theirslander.
    43. 43. Matthew 5:12Rejoice and be glad, becausegreat is your reward inheaven, for in the same way theypersecuted the prophets whowere before you.
    44. 44. Hebrews 11:13-16All these people were still living by faith when they died.They did not receive the things promised; they only sawthem and welcomed them from a distance. And theyadmitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. 14People who say such things show that they are looking fora country of their own. … 16 they were longing for abetter country--a heavenly one. Therefore God is notashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a cityfor them.
    45. 45. Blessed are … Promoting • Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for Harmony they will be called children of God.Mistreated for • Matthew 5:10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is Doing Right the kingdom of heaven.Mistreated for • Matthew 5:11 "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds Jesus of evil against you because of me
    46. 46. 2. Which of the Beatitudes do you feel you best demonstrate in your life? 0% 0% Spiritually Bankrupt 25% 23% Deeply Dismayed Totally Inadequate0% 2% Crying for Justice 19% Unexpectedly Forgiving 21% Absolutely Innocent 10% Promoting Harmony Mistreated for Doing Right Mistreated for Jesus
    47. 47. 3. Which of the Beatitudes do you feel needs most improvement in your life? 0% 4% 6% 11% 9% Spiritually Bankrupt6% Deeply Dismayed 11% Totally Inadequate Crying for Justice 13% Unexpectedly Forgiving Absolutely Innocent 40% Promoting Harmony Mistreated for Doing Right Mistreated for Jesus
    48. 48. Comparison of Responses as to Strongest vs. Weakest Areas201816141210 8 6 4 2 Strongest 0 Weakest
    49. 49. 4. Rank your progress in developing the disciples character in your own life, from your strongest area to your weakest. 6.51 6.55 6.705.30 5.76 5.63 4.48 4.12 3.88
    50. 50. CONGRATULATIONS!The kingdom of heaven is yours!

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