Sat, Nov 2, 2013 at 5:00pm to Thu, Nov 7 at 12:00pm PST

The Beatitudes

Matthew 5:1-12 NIV

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. He said: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

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Today's text

Matthew 5:7 ESV

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

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The Lord is merciful…

Psalm 103:8 ESV

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

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If God kept a record of sins…

Psalm 130:3 NIV

If you, lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?

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1. Merciful people respond to pain with…

kindness, not contempt.

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God's kindness is intended to lead us to repentance

Romans 2:4 NIV

Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God's kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?

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StoneBridge Coat Drive

You can demonstrate mercy and show God's love in a practical way by bringing a new or gently used winter coat to StoneBrdige for our Coat Drive. Coats will be distributed to guests at our 2013 Christmas Shoppe on December 14th.

2. Merciful people respond to human need with…

involvement, not detachment.

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3. Merciful people respond to wrong with…

forgiveness, not bitterness.

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Forgive as the Lord has forgiven you...

Colossians 3:13 NIV

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

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4. Merciful people respond to God's grace with…

gratitude, not a sense of entitlement.

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Peter's gratitude for God's mercy

1 Peter 1:3 NIV

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

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Memory verse

Matthew 5:7 NIV

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

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