Matthew 5: 1-12 *Chapters 5-7 constitute the Sermon on the Mount. *Beatitudes marked by “blessed” (In classical Greek, this world was used to designate the state of the gods versus the state of man.) *”The Beatitudes do not, of course, contain the entire teaching of the Gospel, but they do contain, in embryo, the whole program of Christian perfection.” *Like Moses, Jesus ascends the Mount to give the heavenly commandments to his disciples. *they shall inherit the Kingdom of Heaven *literally means: “the kingdom consists of such as these.” *Qumran Community used this phrase to mean those who lived upright lives of perfection (wholeness or balance). *to be lifted above the delusion of this world and its suffering *suffering, according to St. James, begins in disordered desire and attachment to this world *Key is transformation: from inside out in our desires so they become ordered *Here we become detached from this world, but not disengaged *meek= to remember who’s in control and to not take ourselves too seriously *meek=imitate the gentleness of the Lord *meek=die to self and to be reborn in the image of God through Jesus Christ *this is the most necessary component of the spiritual life * This occurs when we want God alone *much like flowing water versus stagnant water *Graceless, judgmental Christians are a scandal to the gospel and may find themselves wanting when they stand before God. A. B. C. D. The Message of the Cross is larger than Christ’s death. The truth is: It is Christ’s resurrection and triumph over death that gave his sacrificial death power. In this way alone is the cross to be understood as life. This is the central point of our message: 1. 2. Creation was moving toward death. But because Christ overcame death and passed over to life, we who are in him may share in that life and the hope it brings. *literally “pure-minded” *spiritual vision, wisdom, and insight only comes when the heart is balanced and whole *Kingdom witness against the warmongering and violence of our day *peace connects us to God as His children *Peace starts on the inside, then can be shared on the outside *the world will reject us *we will be persecuted *we will be reviled *world will speak evil and falsehood against us }Because the world cannot embrace the values of the Kingdom. --Peace with the world, which is passing away. --Peace with God, who will endure forever.