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Perspective - Matthew 5:1-16 Dale Beaver 02/14/2016 Watch Listen Notes

This Side Up: Perspective

Matthew 5:1-16

Am I ready and willing to respond in obedience to God’s word?

Am I willing to let God challenge my thinking and take me deeper?

Am I willing to resist the world’s offer of comfort and control to be obedient?

Matthew 5:1-16

1 One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him, 2 and he began to teach them.
3 “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
4 God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.
6 God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied.
7 God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
8 God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.
9 God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.
10 God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
11 “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. 12 Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.
14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

Every follower of Christ is to possess this character.

Ephesians 1:1

This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus. I am writing to God’s holy people in Ephesus, who are faithful followers of Christ Jesus.

1 Corinthians 1:2

I am writing to God’s church in Corinth, to you who have been called by God to be his own holy people. He made you holy by means of Christ Jesus, just as he did for all people everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours.

Every follower of Christ is meant to express all of these characteristics.

Luke 17:20-21

20 One day the Pharisees asked Jesus, “When will the Kingdom of God come?”  Jesus replied, “The Kingdom of God can’t be detected by visible signs. 21 You won’t be able to say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘It’s over there!’ For the Kingdom of God is already among you.”

Mark 14:24-25

24 And he said to them, “This is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice for many. 25 I tell you the truth, I will not drink wine again until the day I drink it new in the Kingdom of God.”

Every follower of Christ is distinguished by this character.

Matthew 10:24-25a

24 “Students are not greater than their teacher, and slaves are not greater than their master. 25 Students are to be like their teacher, and slaves are to be like their master.”

Colossians 1:13-14

13 For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, 14 who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.

Philippians 3:20

But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior.

 

 

Music

Because He Lives (Amen) - Matt Maher

Your Love Never Fails - Chris McClarney

In Christ Alone - Passion

Good Good Father - Chris Tomlin

How He Loves - David Crowder Band

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Bankrupt - Matthew 5:3 Dale Beaver 02/21/2016 Watch Listen Notes
This Side Up: Bankrupt
 
Matthew 5:3
 
Matthew 5:1-10
 
1 One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him,
2 and he began to teach them.
3 “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him,    for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
4 God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.
6 God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied.
7 God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
8 God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.
9 God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.
10 God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
 
  • Every follower of Christ is to possess this character.
  • Every follower of Christ is to express all of these characteristics.
  • Every follower of Christ is to be distinguished by this character.
Matthew 5:3
 
“God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.”
 
Every follower of Jesus steps from a place of insurmountable debt.
 
Mark 2:16-17
 
16 But when the teachers of religious law who were Pharisees saw him eating with tax collectors and other sinners, they asked his disciples, “Why does he eat with such scum?”
17 When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”
 
Ephesians 2:1
 
Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins.
 
1 Chronicles 29:13-14
 
13 “O our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name! 14 But who am I, and who are my people, that we could give anything to you? Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you first gave us!
 
Every follower of Christ steps from an insurmountable debt into the limitless resources of grace.
 
Colossians 2:13
 
You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins.
 
2 Corinthians 10:9-12
 
9 I’m not trying to frighten you by my letters. 10 For some say, “Paul’s letters are demanding and forceful, but in person he is weak, and his speeches are worthless!”
11 Those people should realize that our actions when we arrive in person will be as forceful as what we say in our letters from far away.
12 Oh, don’t worry; we wouldn’t dare say that we are as wonderful as these other men who tell you how important they are! But they are only comparing themselves with each other, using themselves as the standard of measurement. How ignorant!

 

Music

Blessed Be Your Name - Robin Mark

This Is Amazing Grace - Phil Wickham

It Is Well - Bethel Music

 

 

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Broken - Matthew 5:4 Dale Beaver 02/28/2016 Watch Listen Notes

This Side Up: Broken

Matthew 5:1-4

One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him, and he began to teach them. “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

"Blessed"- The joyful condition of God's approval.

Matthew 5:4

God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

The poor in spirit mourn the personal and popular cause of their poverty.

Daniel 9:19-20

19 “O Lord, hear. O Lord, forgive. O Lord, listen and act! For your own sake, do not delay, O my God, for your people and your city bear your name.” 20 I went on praying and confessing my sin and the sin of my people, pleading with the Lord my God for Jerusalem, his holy mountain.

Ezra 10:6

Then Ezra left the front of the Temple of God and went to the room of Jehohanan son of Eliashib. He spent the night there without eating or drinking anything. He was still in mourning because of the unfaithfulness of the returned exiles.

John 11:33-35

33 When Jesus saw her weeping and saw the other people wailing with her, a deep anger welled up within him, and he was deeply troubled. 34 “Where have you put him?” he asked them. They told him, “Lord, come and see.”  35 Then Jesus wept.

Luke 19:41-42

41 But as he came closer to Jerusalem and saw the city ahead, he began to weep. 42 “How I wish today that you of all people would understand the way to peace. But now it is too late, and peace is hidden from your eyes.

Romans 7:21-25

21 I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. 22 I love God’s law with all my heart.23 But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. 24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? 25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.

The poor in spirit are comforted by the presence and promise of Christ.

Luke 15:18-20

18 I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, 19 and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’ 20 “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.

Romans 8:22-23

22 For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us.

Isaiah 61:1-3

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me,
    for the Lord has anointed me
    to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted
    and to proclaim that captives will be released
    and prisoners will be freed.
He has sent me to tell those who mourn
    that the time of the Lord’s favor has come,
    and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies.
To all who mourn in Israel,
    he will give a crown of beauty for ashes,
a joyous blessing instead of mourning,
    festive praise instead of despair.
In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks
    that the Lord has planted for his own glory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music

Praise The King - Corey Voss

Desert Song - Hillsong UNITED

Lord I Need You - Matt Maher

Broken Down - Maria Roate

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Bridled - Matthew 5:5 Dale Beaver 03/06/2016 Watch Listen Notes

This Side Up: Bridled

Matthew 5:5

·  Am I ready and willing to respond in obedience to God’s word?

·  Am I willing to let God challenge my thinking and take me deeper?

·  Am I willing to resist the world’s offer of comfort and control to be obedient?

Matthew 5:1-5

1 One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him, 2 and he began to teach them. 3 “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. 4 God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.

The tears of brokenness give way to the surrender of humility.

  • Matthew 5:5   5 God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.
  • Psalm 37:10-11 10 Soon the wicked will disappear. Though you look for them, they will be gone. 11 The lowly will possess the land and will live in peace and prosperity.

Luke 2:51-52

51 Then he returned to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. And his mother stored all these things in her heart. 52 Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.

John 12:49

49 I don’t speak on my own authority. The Father who sent me has commanded me what to say and how to say it.

James 1:19-21

19 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. 20 Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. 21 So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.

“What we suffer from today is humility in the wrong place. Modesty has moved from the organ of ambition. Modesty has settled upon the organ of conviction; where it was never meant to be. A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth; this has been exactly reversed. Nowadays the part of a man that a man does assert is exactly the part he ought not to assert — himself. The part he doubts is exactly the part he ought not to doubt — the Divine Reason . . . We are on the road to producing a race of men too mentally modest to believe in the multiplication table.”  G.K. Chesterton

Those who inherit the earth have learned to be content and confident.

Philippians 4:12-13

12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

Revelation 21:1-3

1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. 2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them.

 

 

 

Music

Build Your Kingdom Here - Rend Collective

Praise The King - Corey Voss

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) - Hillsong UNITED

Good Good Father - Chris Tomlin

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Satisfied - Matthew 5:6 Dale Beaver 03/13/2016 Watch Listen Notes

This Side Up: Satisfied

Matthew 5:6

Matthew 5:1-16

1 One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him, 2 and he began to teach them. 3 “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him,    for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. 4 God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth. 6 God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied. 7 God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 8 God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God. 9 God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God. 10 God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. 11 “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. 12 Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way. 13 “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. 14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

Matthew 5:6

God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied.

The “dikaiosunan” which the “blessed” desire is for the will of God to be extended and applied to the world. Righteousness speaks to the character of God. Justice is the application. The same word is used for both because the righteousness of God cannot be separated from His justice.

“We are made for Thee, O God, and our hearts are restless, until they rest in Thee.”  Augustine

Psalm 89:13-14

13 Powerful is your arm! Strong is your hand!  Your right hand is lifted high in glorious strength. 14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne. Unfailing love and truth walk before you as attendants.

2 Corinthians 5:19-21

19 For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. 20 So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” 21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

Matthew 6:33

33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

Micah 6:8

8 No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.

Proverbs 29

4 A just king gives stability to his nation, but one who demands bribes destroys it.

7 The godly care about the rights of the poor; the wicked don’t care at all.

14 If a king judges the poor fairly, his throne will last forever.

“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”  C.S. Lewis

Music

Psalm 100 - Chris Tomlin

Praise The King - Corey Voss

Here I Am To Worship- Tim Hughes

Christ is Enough - Hillsong

Only You Satisfy - Josh & Ashley Engler, Maria Roate

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Merciful - Matthew 5:7 Dale Beaver 03/20/2016 Watch Listen Notes

This Side Up: Merciful
Matthew 5:7

Galatians 2:20 
20My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this early body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

 

Matthew 5:1-7
1One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him, 2and he began to teach them. 3“God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. 4God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth. 6God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied. 7God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

 

Grace is a loving response to the undeserving.
Mercy is a loving response to the miserable.

 

“Grace is especially associated with men in their sins; mercy is especially associated with men in their misery. Mercy applies a sense of pity plus a desire to relieve the suffering. Nowhere is this more Christ-like than when mercy is directed toward one who has transgressed you.”  Martyn Lloyd-Jones

 

Mercy acknowledges the miserable (He saw him)
Mercy moves from a heart of compassion (He felt pity)
Mercy applies bandages and serves refreshment (He tended)
Mercy takes no notice social status or norm (Even an outcast/enemy)

 

Matthew 23:23-24
23“What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest income from your herb gardens, but you ignore the more important aspects of the law—justice, mercy, and faith. You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things. 24Blind guides! You strain your water so you won’t accidentally swallow a gnat, but you swallow a camel!

 

 

Band-aids don't fix bullet holes
You say sorry just for show
If you love like that, blood runs cold.

-Taylor Swift

 

 

1 John 4:19
19We love each other because he loved us first.

 

 

Matthew 5:23-26
23“So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, 24leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God. 25“When you are on the way to court with your adversary, settle your differences quickly. Otherwise, your accuser may hand you over to the judge, who will hand you over to an officer, and you will be thrown into prison. 26And if that happens, you surely won’t be free again until you have paid the last penny.

 

 

1 Corinthians 5:1-5
1I can hardly believe the report about the sexual immorality going on among you—something that even pagans don’t do. I am told that a man in your church is living in sin with his stepmother. 2You are so proud of yourselves, but you should be mourning in sorrow and shame. And you should remove this man from your fellowship. 3Even though I am not with you in person, I am with you in the Spirit. And as though I were there, I have already passed judgment on this man 4in the name of the Lord Jesus. You must call a meeting of the church. I will be present with you in spirit, and so will the power of our Lord Jesus. 5Then you must throw this man out and hand him over to Satan so that his sinful nature will be destroyed and he himself will be saved on the day the Lord returns.

 

Music

Oh Our Lord - Paul Baloche

Hosanna - Hillsong

Because He Lives (Amen) - Matt Maher

Forever - Kari Jobe

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Transplanted - Matthew 5:8 Dale Beaver 04/03/2016 Watch Listen Notes

This Side Up: Transplanted 

Matthew 5:8 

Matthew 5:1-8

1 One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him, 2 and he began to teach them. 3 “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. 4 God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth. 6 God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied. 7 God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 8 God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.

“According to the general scriptural usage of the term, the heart means the center of the personality. The heart includes the emotions, intellect and will.”  M.L. Jones

Jeremiah 17:9

9 “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked.  Who really knows how bad it is?

Every “heart” has a congenital defect.

Matthew 15:18-19

18 But the words you speak come from the heart—that’s what defiles you. 19 For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander.

Proverbs 20:9

9 Who can say, “I have cleansed my heart; I am pure and free from sin”?

Matthew 23:25-26

25 “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy—full of greed and self-indulgence! 26 You blind Pharisee! First wash the inside of the cup and the dish, and then the outside will become clean, too.

The holy-hearted are single-minded.

Hebrews 12:14

14 Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.

James 4:8

Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.

John 14:21

“Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.”

Psalm 51:10-11

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. 11 Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.

Ezekiel 11:19

And I will give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within them. I will take away their stony, stubborn heart and give them a tender, responsive heart.

Ezekiel 11:22-23

22 Then the cherubim lifted their wings and rose into the air with their wheels beside them, and the glory of the God of Israel hovered above them. 23 Then the glory of the Lord went up from the city and stopped above the mountain to the east.

 

Music

Open The Eyes Of My Heart - Paul Baloche

All He Says I Am - Gateway Worship

Here's My Heart - David Crowder

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Peace - Matthew 5:9 Dale Beaver 04/10/2016 Watch Listen Notes

This Side Up:  Peacemaker 

Matthew 5:9

Matthew 5:20

20 “But I warn you—unless your righteousness is better than the righteousness of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven!

Matthew 5:1-9

1 One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him, 2 and he began to teach them. 3 “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him,    for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. 4 God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth. 6 God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied. 7 God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 8 God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God. 9 God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.

You are called to work for peace in a world entertained by acts of hostility.

James 3:17-18

17 But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. 18 And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.

John 18:33-36

33 Then Pilate went back into his headquarters and called for Jesus to be brought to him. “Are you the king of the Jews?” he asked him. 34 Jesus replied, “Is this your own question, or did others tell you about me?” 35 “Am I a Jew?” Pilate retorted. “Your own people and their leading priests brought you to me for trial. Why? What have you done?” 36 Jesus answered, “My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. But my Kingdom is not of this world.”

Isaiah 9:6-7a

6 For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 His government and its peace will never end.

John 18:37-38

37 Pilate said, “So you are a king?” Jesus responded, “You say I am a king. Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.” 38 “What is truth?” Pilate asked.

You are called to work for peace in a world that disdains the truth.

Psalm 85:8-10

8 I listen carefully to what God the Lord is saying, for he speaks peace to his faithful people. But let them not return to their foolish ways. 9 Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him, so our land will be filled with his glory. 10 Unfailing love and truth have met together. Righteousness and peace have kissed!

Romans 12:18

Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.

Matthew 10:34

“Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! I came not to bring peace, but a sword.

Matthew 26:52-54

52 “Put away your sword,” Jesus told him. “Those who use the sword will die by the sword. 53 Don’t you realize that I could ask my Father for thousands of angels to protect us, and he would send them instantly? 54 But if I did, how would the Scriptures be fulfilled that describe what must happen now?”

Ephesians 2:14, 17-18

14 For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us 17 He brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and peace to the Jews who were near. 18 Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.

Music

Peace Has Broken Out - Shaun Groves

It Is Well - North Point Worship

O Praise The Name (Anastasis) - Hillsong Worship

God And King - Gateway Worship

You Are Peace - Sabrina Newton & Maria Roate

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Stand - Matthew 5:10-12 Cliff Herring 04/17/2016 Watch Listen Notes

This Side Up - “Stand”

Cliff Herring, Pastoral Care

 

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
 

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the Star - Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

 

10 God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

11 “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers12 Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way. -Matthew 5:10-12 (NLT)

  

“ I stand here tonight in great fear of my ability , but in great confidence in  my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ’s ability,  great confidence in Him.”  – Cliff Herring - August 22, 1984

 

Matthew 5:

Vs.3 -  Those poor (in spirit) and realize their need for him

 

Vs.4 -  Those who mourn (or grieve) over their personal condition of sin. And are comforted by the presence of Christ

 

Vs. 5 -  Those who are humble, (possess and exhibit humility) 

 

Vs. 6 - Those who hunger and thirst for justice (the application of God’s righteousness)  

 

Vs. 7 -  Those who are merciful (with a desire to relieve suffering) since they have been shown mercy 

 

Vs. 8 -  Those whose hearts are pure (a holy singleness of heart and mind) from God 

 

Vs.9 - Those who work for peace (peacemakers in a world of hostility) 

 

8 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.    “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.  - Isaiah 55:8-9 NLT

 

“ …perhaps there is no beatitude where we have to be quite so careful, there is no beatitude that is so liable to misconstruction and misunderstanding. There is certainly no beatitude that has been so frequently misunderstood or misapplied.” - Martyn Lloyd Jones

 

1.Stand because of the world’s PERSECUTION 

 

12 Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.

2 Timothy 3:12 NLT

 

…been put in prison more often, been whipped times without number, and faced death again and again. 24 Five different times the Jewish leaders gave me thirty-nine lashes. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked. Once I spent a whole night and a day adrift at sea. 26 I have traveled on many long journeys. I have faced danger from rivers and from robbers. I have faced danger from my own people, the Jews, as well as from the Gentiles. I have faced danger in the cities, in the deserts, and on the seas. And I have faced danger from men who claim to be believers but are not. 27 I have worked hard and long, enduring many sleepless nights. I have been hungry and thirsty and have often gone without food. I have shivered in the cold, without enough clothing to keep me warm.   

2 Corinthians 11:23b-27 NLT

 

One pastor has said it this way. 

“If we never experience ridicule, criticism, or rejection because of our faith, we have reason to question the genuineness of it.”

 

29 For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him. 30 We are in this struggle together. You have seen my struggle in the past, and you know that I am still in the midst of it. - Philippians 1:29-30 NLT

 

“The fact that many professed believers are popular and praised by the world does not indicate that the world has raised its standards but that many who call themselves by Christ’s name have lowered theirs (standards). When Christians are not persecuted in some way by society it means that they are reflecting rather than confronting that society.”  – Pastor John MacArthur

 

2.Stand because of God’s PROMISE 

 

and we sent Timothy to visit you. He is our brother and God’s co-worker in proclaiming the Good News of Christ. We sent him to strengthen you, to encourage you in your faith, and to keep you from being shaken by the troubles you were going through….

But now Timothy has just returned, bringing us good news about your faith and love…. So we have been greatly encouraged in the midst of our troubles and suffering, dear brothers and sisters, because you have remained strong in your faith. It gives us new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord. - 1 Thessalonians 3 :2-3b, 6a- 8  NLT

 

 3.Stand because of a heavenly POSITION  

 

“ You cannot be serious !” – John McEnroe

 

12 Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. 13 Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world. - 1 Peter 4:12-13 NLT

 

“In God is our trust.”

 

 
Music

Nothing But The Blood - Andy Cherry

Love Came Down - Bethel Music

10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord) - Matt Redman

Who You Are - Passion

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Salt and Light - Matthew 5:13-16 Dale Beaver 04/24/2016 Watch Listen Notes

This Side Up: Salt and Light

Matthew 5:13-16

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. 14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

Salt and Light are physically ESSENTIAL

John 8:12

Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”

John 4:13-14

13 Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. 14 But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”

Salt and Light are economically VALUABLE

John 11:9-10

9 Jesus replied, “There are twelve hours of daylight every day. During the day people can walk safely. They can see because they have the light of this world. 10 But at night there is danger of stumbling because they have no light.”

John 10:10

The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

Leviticus 2:13

Season all your grain offerings with salt to remind you of God’s eternal covenant. Never forget to add salt to your grain offerings.

2 Chronicles 13:5

Don’t you realize that the Lord, the God of Israel, made a lasting covenant with David, giving him and his descendants the throne of Israel forever?

Salt and Light are profoundly POWERFUL

1 John 1:5-7

5 This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. 6 So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. 7 But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.

Mark 9:49-50

49 “For everyone will be salted with fire. 50 Salt is good; but if the salt becomes unsalty, with what will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

Colossians 4:5-6

5 Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.

 

 

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Hands To The Heavens - Kari Jobe

Light Shine In - Vertical Church Band

Here's My Heart - David Crowder

Salt and Light - Maria Roate

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