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The laws of the kingdom part 9 - blessed are the persecuted
The laws of the kingdom part 9 - blessed are the persecuted
The laws of the kingdom part 9 - blessed are the persecuted
The laws of the kingdom part 9 - blessed are the persecuted
The laws of the kingdom part 9 - blessed are the persecuted
The laws of the kingdom part 9 - blessed are the persecuted
The laws of the kingdom part 9 - blessed are the persecuted
The laws of the kingdom part 9 - blessed are the persecuted
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The laws of the kingdom part 9 - blessed are the persecuted

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A sermon on the last beatitude, blessed are the persecuted

A sermon on the last beatitude, blessed are the persecuted

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  1. The Laws of the Kingdom – Part 9 Blessed are the persecuted Mathew 5:10, 11
  2. “ Drinking beer is easy. Trashing your hotel room is easy. But being a Christian, that's a tough call. That's real rebellion!“
  3. <ul><li>INTRODUCTION </li></ul><ul><li>The first result of living out the first six Beatitudes (Matt. 5:3-8) is stated in verse </li></ul><ul><li>9. Those who live according to the principles of the Beatitudes will be peacemakers </li></ul><ul><li>and identified as sons of God. A second & contrasting result is found in verses 1012 </li></ul><ul><li>- The world can't stand those who are poor in spirit because it glories in pride and self </li></ul><ul><li>promotion. </li></ul><ul><li>- It can't stand those who mourn over sin because it doesn't want to think about sin's </li></ul><ul><li>implications. </li></ul><ul><li>- Unsaved people are proud--they don't value meekness. They can't stand those </li></ul><ul><li>who know they are undeserving and seek a salvation that can only be received </li></ul><ul><li>as a gift. The world teaches we have a right to everything because we have </li></ul><ul><li>earned or deserve it. </li></ul><ul><li>- Unbelievers know little about mercy, nothing about purity, and have never </li></ul><ul><li>learned how to make the peace with God that brings peace among men. </li></ul><ul><li>The characteristics described in the Beatitudes flagrantly counter the world system. </li></ul>
  4. <ul><li>II. THE PERSECUTION FROM THE WORLD </li></ul><ul><li>A. Who Will Be Persecuted? </li></ul><ul><li>1. Those who live a godly life - Verses 10-11 don't specifically identify those who are persecuted, but the natural flow of the Beatitudes shows it's the same people who are blessed in verses 3-9. </li></ul><ul><li>2 Timothy 3:12 - &quot;Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer </li></ul><ul><li>persecution.“ </li></ul><ul><li>Philippians 1:28-29--&quot;In nothing [be] terrified by your adversaries, which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation.... For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Philippians 3:10 - That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; </li></ul>
  5. <ul><li>2. Those who are willing to pay the price- When you become a Christian, you will have to live contrary to the world's system. There will be a price to pay. </li></ul><ul><li>“ And he said to [them] all, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” – Luke 9:23 </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed.&quot; - Luke 9:26: </li></ul>
  6. B. How Will They Suffer? The kinds of persecution a.) Harassment – “Persecuted” – Dioko – to pursue or chase away, to treat in an evil manner. b.) Insults - To revile someone means to abuse him with vicious and mocking words. c.) People will say evil things about them
  7. <ul><li>C. Why Will They Be Persecuted? </li></ul><ul><li>) The world rejects Christ - Why does the world persecute Christians? The last </li></ul><ul><li>Beatitude says it is on account of &quot;righteousness' sake&quot; and &quot;for [Christ's] sake.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Unbelievers persecute us not because they hate us but because they hate </li></ul><ul><li>Christ. That's good to keep in mind. Our Lord told His disciples, &quot;If the world hate </li></ul><ul><li>you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the </li></ul><ul><li>world would love its own; but ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out </li></ul><ul><li>of the world, therefore the world hateth you&quot; (John 15:18-19, 6:2). </li></ul><ul><li>2.) The world rejects Christ's standard - As you and I allow Christ to live through us, we hold up a standard unbelievers cannot attain. People who love their sin and recognize they can't live up to that standard will want to remove it so they can remain content their in sinfulness. Christians are indeed persecuted for righteousness' sake. (John 15) </li></ul>
  8. <ul><li>III. THE PROMISE TO THE BELIEVER </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Blessed&quot; appears twice in Matthew 5:10-11. Those who willingly stand up for </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus Christ now will know the bliss of obedience and the blessedness of being a </li></ul><ul><li>part of God's eternal kingdom. </li></ul><ul><li>2 Thessalonians 1:4,5 - “So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure: Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer </li></ul><ul><li>Mark 10:29-30 - And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. </li></ul>
  9. <ul><li>IV. THE ATTITUDE OF THE BELIEVER </li></ul><ul><li>In Matthew 5:12 our Lord says, &quot;Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad; for great is your </li></ul><ul><li>reward in heaven.&quot; The Greek word translated &quot;rejoice&quot; (chairo) means &quot;to be really </li></ul><ul><li>glad.&quot; More than that, we're to &quot;be exceedingly glad.&quot; The Greek word translated </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;exceedingly glad&quot; (agalliasthe) means &quot;to jump, skip, and shout for joy.&quot; We are to </li></ul><ul><li>be happy when faced with persecution. </li></ul><ul><li>Joy in Receiving Future Rewards </li></ul><ul><li>B. Joy in Sharing the Fate of the Prophets </li></ul>
  10. Most of the Notes in this slide are lifted from John MacArthur’s Bible Study Guide “The Beatitudes.” For complete Bible study Guide notes, sermon notes and the audio message of this series visit www.gty.org . Other inputs and revision of outlines and notes by Zigfred Diaz To download other slides that can be used for sermons visit the Master’s Community Fellowship website at www.tmcf.zdiaz.com

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