Expressway Baptist Church We will air weekly sermons recorded at Expressway Baptist Church. Sermons are written and delivered by our Pastor Daniel McCrosky.

Sermon Series: The Life of Christ: From Creation to the Cradle to the Cross to the Crown

Sermon Title: The Sermon on the Mount: The King’s Mandate-Jesus and the Law

Sermon Text: Matthew 5: 17-20

I.  The Preeminent of the Word of God.

  1. Preeminent because it is authored by God

  2. Preeminent because it is affirmed by the prophets v 17

  3. Preeminent because  it is accomplished by Christ

II. The Prophetic Fulfillment of the Law of God

  1. He fulfilled the Civil Law-His Perfect Life

  2. He fulfilled the Moral Law-His Perfect Obedience

  3. He fulfilled the Ceremonial Law-His Perfect Sacrifice

III. The Purpose of the Law of God-verse 19-20

A. Jesus showed them their righteous was

1. External-Luke 16:15 “You are those who justify yourselves before men”

2. Partial-Matthew 23:23 They abandoned the law of God that they couldn't live up to, invented their own, and then convinced themselves that they were spiritual.

 3. Redefined-They made up their own rules bases on what pleased themselves.

 4. Self-Centered-They did it on their own, and on their own terms

 

B. God gave the Law to protect man from himself

C. God gave the Law to point man to Christ

September 30, 2016  

Sermon Series: The Life of Jesus: From Creation to the Cradle to the Cross to the Crown

Sermon Title: The Sermon on the Mount-The King’s Mandate: How to Handle Persecution

Sermon Text: Matthew 5: 10-12

Jesus here is presenting the portrait of a believer and to one extent or another this characterizes all of us. There are times in our lives when it's maybe hard to see ourselves here, but in fact we are. We are the poor in spirit, that is we are the ones who know we are spiritually bankrupt. And if we are to enter into the kingdom of God we bring nothing except our need and cry out to God in our poverty for a salvation that only He can give. We are those who mourn, mourning over our plight, mourning over our sin, mourning over judgment, recognizing what awaits us, mourning over the separation from God that characterizes us. And we are therefore the meek, we come not proud and self confident but humble and broken, seeking salvation from a merciful God. We are those who recognize we don't have righteousness but we hunger and thirst for it. We are those who having received mercy can show it to others. We are those whose hearts have been cleansed and made pure. We are those who rather than being at war with God and everybody else have become peacemakers because we've made our peace with Him. And consequently we are those who will to one extent or another suffer persecution from a God-hating, Christ-rejecting, Satan-controlled society.

This is not some far off identity to be attained by a select few. This is simply a genuine description of those who are God's children. Everyone of us who is genuinely Christ's came with these attitudes, came through this process so that we have been transformed into beatitude-type people. We don't always manifest the same poverty of spirit, or sorrow over our sin, or meekness, or mercy, or purity. We don't always manifest that hunger and thirst for righteousness as we should. We're not always the peacemaker we ought to be. But that is the character of our life. Those are the things that mark us out as God's children.

And ultimately because we are transformed, because we are this kind of person we are at odds with the world around us and that leads to suffering, that leads to pain, problems. First the poverty of spirit which ends rebellion and produces submission to the King, that poverty of spirit which realizes personal bankruptcy and bows down before the King to plead for Him to be gracious. That mourning that causes us to look at our sin, that meekness that therefore follows as we rightly assess ourselves, that passion that flames into a hunger and thirst for righteousness, then that service that is merciful toward others, that purity of heart that enables us to truly understand and know our God, that peace that fills our hearts and makes us peacemakers. All of that granted to us by God in the matter of salvation in one proportion or another produces a character which not only is content and blessed and happy, but is contradictory to everything around it. And the realization of such a character, of such a pattern of life, such a disposition in the midst of the conditions of worldly life no doubt stirs up, to one degree or another, opposition.

 

Scripture repeated says we will suffer persecution in this world. “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,” 2 Timothy 3:12.

Philippians 1:29 "For to you it has been granted for Christ's sake not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, experiencing the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear to be in me."

1 Peter 4 entire chapter

The Greek word here is dioko. Means to pursue, drive or chase away.  To harass and to treat evilly. The tense here is a passive prefect participle and indicates a continuous permissiveness.  Blessed are those who have willingly allowed themselves to be continually persecuted. 

I. The Reason for Persecution

 A. The Life we Show “For righteousness sake”

   i. Not for being jerks

  II. Not for being jokes

  III. But for being join-heirs with Christ

 B. The Lies we Suffer verse 11

   i. The anger we will face

  ii. The arguments that people will have

 iii. The answer we will give

 C.  The Lord we Serve “for my sake”

John 15:18-19 “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.”

  i. We will speak of His goodness-the perfect Lamb of God

 ii. We will speak of His greatness-the perfect Son of Man

iii. We will speak of His gospel-the perfect sacrifices

II.  Our Response to Persecution

  A. Remember we will reign in life “theirs is the kingdom of heaven”

     i.  The hellish life-this returns evil for good

    ii.  The human life-this returns good for good and evil for evil

   iii.  The heaven life-this returns good for evil

  B. Rejoice in  the Lord verse 12 “rejoice and be exceedingly glad.”

How by:

   i.  Remembering the company we resemble  v-12 “for so they persecuted the prophets which were before you.

  ii.  Showing the character we reveal that we are living for Jesus

 iii.  Remembering the compensation we will receive “Great is your reward in heaven.”

 C.  Release the Love of Jesus on those who persecute us Matthew 5:44-45 

 

Dmitri lived in a small village in Russia.  He was raised in a Christian home and when he was young often went to the church with his parents.  But over the years, communism slowly destroyed the churches, and many pastors were imprisoned or killed. Dmitri realized his sons were growing up without learning about Jesus whom he loved.

So he decided that one night a week he would read the Bible with his family and try to explain what it meant.  His wife was overjoyed and told him she had been praying he would do this for years.  As the family gathered and studied the Bible, they also began to sing some of the old songs they used to sing in church, including Dmitri’s heart song, a well-known Russian hymn.  Soon neighbors caught wind of what was going on and they too wanted to sing those songs and study the bible.  Soon Dmitri’s tiny house was filled with 25 extra people every week.  The authorities could not ignore what was happening.

One night while they were meeting, a police officer came and threatened Dmitri with violence.  He accused Dmitri of running an illegal church.  “This isn’t a church!” said Dmitri “I have no religious training, and this is not a church building.” The officer didn’t care.  “It looks like a church to me,” he said, “If you don’t stop meeting, bad things are going to happen.” When the group reached 50 people the authorities made good on their threats.  Dmitri was fired from his factory job, his wife lost her teaching job, and their son was expelled from school.  When the groups reached 75, the villagers could barely squeeze in.  Outside faces pressed up to the windows, straining to hear from the Word of God. The authorities made good on their promise.  They burst into the house and pushed their way through the crowd.  Slapping and throwing Dmitri against the wall.  They told him, “We warned you and warned you.  We will not warn you again.  If you meet one more time this is the least that is going to happen to you.” Just then an old women stepped out from the crownd.  She pointed her finger at the officer who pushed Dmitri.  Sounding like a prophet from the Old Testament, she said.  “You have touched the man of God and you will not survive.”   That was Tuesday night.  The following Thursday the police officer had a heart attack and died.  The fear of God swept through the community, and at the next meeting one hundred and fifty people showed up.  Outraged, the police finally carried out their threats and threw Dmitri in prison.  He stayed there for 17 years.

Dmitri was the only Christian surrounded by 1,500 hardened criminals and was tortured regularly.  But the hardest thing for him was separation from the body of Christ.  When asked later by Nik Ripken who captured the story in his book The Insanity of God, how had he stayed faithful to the Lord all those years, Dmitri told him of two disciplines he learned from his father.  First, he rose every morning at dawn and stood at attention beside his bed.  As the sun rose he would face east, raise his hands in praise to God and sing what he called his heart song.  The other prisoners didn’t like it and would yell at him, mock him and throw things at him to try to make him stop.  Every morning year after year, he would sing one of two songs.  Second, whenever he found a little scrap of paper he would write on it as many verses or songs as possible.  Then he would stick it to the wall in his cell.  The guards would eventually find the paper and tear it down, beating him terribly and threatening him with death.  But Dmitri neve stopped.  Determined to make Dmitri give up his faith, the guards broke into his house and stole his wife’s clothes.  Then they marched a female prisoner past his cell, telling him it was his wife.  Next they torcher her for three days to where he could hear it and finally killing her and telling him it was his fault. They then lied saying Dmitri’s sons were now wards of the State and they were going to kill them also.  It was then Dmitri broke.  He told his guards that he would sign the confession stating he didn’t believe in Jesus anymore.  He felt awful but thought he needed to do this in order to save his sons.  Dmitri told them to write up whatever they wanted, he would sign it.  The guards left feeling they had won. That night drowning in grief, Dmitri was crushed.  Not only did he believe his wife was killed and he realized he had denied Jesus.  As he wept, many miles away Dmitri’s wife, songs and brother sensed something was wrong.  They came together that night and asked God to help Dmitri stand strong.  God allowed Dmitri hear the voices of his loved ones as they prayed.  He realized God was showing him they were still alive and still following Jesus. He also realized God was showing him mercy even after denying him like Peter and Jesus had shown him mercy.  He experienced love and forgiveness of Jesus in a new a fresh way.

The next morning when the guards came with the documents, Dmitri sat with shoulders straight and strength in his eyes and he refused to sign. They asked him why he changed his mind and boldly proclaim “You lied to me. I know my wife is alive and my children are with her. I also know they are still following Christ! I am not signing anything.  After they left, Dmitri was walking in the courtyard and he found a whole sheet of paper on the ground with a pencil next to it.  “God put it there for me,” he said. He rushed back to his cell and immediately started writing as many verses and songs he found fit on the paper.  He knew it was foolish but he couldn’t help it. He wanted to offer Jesus the biggest love offering he could.  When the guards found the paper, they were furious and beat him and dragged him to his window where they showed him a bloody whipping post and told him in 15 minutes that is where he will be and in 30 minutes he will be dead.  After beating him in his cell some more they dragged him out of  his cell through the corridor to the center of the prison.  Suddenly 1,500 men stood up next to their beds, they raised their arms toward heaven and began to sing the song they had heard every single morning for 17 years. Dmitri said it sounded like the most glorious choir in all of human history. 

The guards let go of him in terror and asked him “Who are you?” and Dmitri stood as tall and as proud as he could and said, “I am a son of the living God, and Jesus is His name!”  The guards immediately put him back into his cell and not long afterwards he was released.”  Dmitri’s son later became a Chaplin in that prison.

 

September 30, 2016  

Sermon Series: The Life of Christ: From Creation to the Cradle to the Cross to the Crown

Sermon Title: The Sermon on the Mount-The King's Mandate: The Reason for Persecution

Sermon Text: Matthew 5: 11

Sermon Date: September 4, 2016


I. The Reason for Persecution

       A.  The Life we Show “For righteousness sake”

       B.  The Lies we Suffer “against you falsely”

       C.  The Lord we Serve “for my sake”

 

II.  Our Response to Persecution

 A.  Remember we will reign in life “theirs is the kingdom of heaven”

    i. The hellish life-this returns evil for good

   ii. The human life-this returns evil for evil

  iii. The heaven life-this returns good for evil

  B. Rejoice in  the Lord verse 12 “rejoice and be exceedingly glad.”

How?

    i.  Remembering the company we resemble  v-12 “for so they persecuted the prophets which were before you.

   ii.  Showing the character we reveal that we are living for Jesus

  iii. Remembering the compensation we will receive “Great is your reward in heaven.”

C. Release the Love of Jesus on those who persecute us Matthew 5:44-45

September 30, 2016  

Sermon Series: The Life of Christ: From Creation to the Cradle to the Cross to the Crown

Sermon Title: The Sermon on the Mount-The King's Mandate: The Influence of Salty Saints

Sermon Text: Matthew 5: 13

Sermon Date: September 18, 2016

I. A Description to Analyze - “You are the salt of the earth,

       A. Salt seasons  -- Colossians 4:5 “Let your speech always be season with salt.”
       B. Salt preserves

                    i. Salt prevents decay

                    ii.Salt restraints corruption
       C. Salt heals
       D. Salt burns
       E. Salt penetrates

 II. A Danger to Avoid-but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored?

III. A Destiny to Abhor-It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet.

 

September 30, 2016  

Sermon Series: The Life of Jesus: From Creation to the Cradle to the Cross to the Crown

Sermon Title: The Sermon on the Mount-The King’s Mandate: Send the Light

Sermon Text: Matthew 5: 14-16

Sermon Date: 9-25-2016

 

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16 ESV)

 

The supreme matter in the Kingdom is character; character is the issue. The character described in the Beatitudes makes it possible for us to affect the world.  Having magnificently come to know the principles and the qualities that render us effective for God, that bring us into His Kingdom, that make us distinct from the world, He now tells us, "Move out into the world with that marvelous distinctiveness, find those that are lost, and bring them to Christ."

Salt is hidden; you don't see it at all. It just melts away into whatever it flavors or preserves. It works secretly to preserve from the inside, but light shines on the outside, and light is open and working visibly. In other words, salt is the influence of Christian character; it is quiet but powerful. Light is the communication of the content of the Gospel. 

Light is a popular motif in scripture expressing a true knowledge of God

Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation.”

John 1 talks of Jesus being the light

John the Baptist father Zechariah prophesized Jesus being the light in Luke 1: 77-79

“to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

Jesus calls himself the light of the world in John 8:12 “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."

1 Peter 2:9 “ But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

 

 

  1. The Faithfulness of Courageous Light

     

  1. Light conquers Darkness

  2. Light colors drabness

  3. Light changes deadness

     

     

II. The Forcefulness of Collective Light “a city set on a hill”

  1. By Surrender

  1. There is Light of an Institution

  2. There is the Light of an Individual

B. By Sharing

  1. By being a witness to the lost

  2. By being a witness to the Lord

     

                 C.  By Sacrifice

                 D.  By Sanctification

 

III. The Foolishness of Concealed Light

So far in 2016 over 800,000 babies have been aborted, the Church needs to shine the blessed light of Jesus

So far in 2016 31,361 Suicides, the Church needs to shine the blessed light of Jesus

So far in 2016 47,000 people died of drug overdose, the Church needs to shine the blessed light of Jesus

100% of the people who die without Christ will go to hell, the Church needs to shine the blessed light of Jesus

 

The whole world is lost in the darkness of sin…The light of the world is Jesus

Like sunshine at noon day, His glory shone in….The light of the world is Jesus

 

“Light has always been a biblical metaphor of truth and healing. It was used by Jesus to describe Himself (cf. Jn. 9:5). The question is not, ‘Will you be the light of the world?’ As a believer, you are the light of the world. The only real question is, ‘What kind of light will you be?’”

September 22, 2016  

Sermon Series: The Life Of Jesus: From Creation to the Cradle to the Cross to the Crown

Sermon Title: The Sermon on the Mount-The King’s Mandate—How To Bring Peace To An Unpeaceful World.

Sermon Date: August 28, 2016

 

I.                    The Antithesis of Peace

A.      It’s not appeasement

B.      It’s not truce making

C.      It’s not an absence of war

 

II.                  The Attributes of Peace

It is a right relationship of Jesus Christ.  Once you have a right relationship with Jesus, which only comes through salvation, then you will have a right relationship with self which then leads to a right relationship with others.

 

III.                The Adversary of Peace

Sin is the adversary of peace. Isaiah 48:22 There is no peace,” says the LORD, “for the wicked.”

Sin brought man to war against God. Romans 5: 1-11

Sin separates man from God, which in turns leaves a cross-shape whole in every person’s heart.  Man is constantly at war with himself to try to fill it.

Jesus will not appease sin.  Jesus will never make a truce with sin and because Jesus confront sin there will never be an absence of war.

 

IV.                The Attainment of Peace

A.      Planned by a Sovereign God

God is the God of peace.  Judges 6:24 says “Then Gideon built an altar there to the Lord and called it, The Lord Is Peace.”

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you hope in your latter end.”

 

B.      Purchased by the Lord of All Creation

Ephesians 2: 13-14 “13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility”

Colossians 1: 19-20 “19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.”

At the cross, sin was not appeased, it was confronted. At the cross there wasn’t a truce with sin, it was atoned and paid for.  God’s greatest righteousness confronted man’s greatest wickedness. Righteousness won and man now can have true peace.

 

C.      Provided by the Great Comforter

One of the fruits of the Spirit is peace.  Galatians 5: 22

 

D.     Preserved by the Holy Spirit of Promise

John 14: 26-27 “26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

 

V.                  The Agents of Peace

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

How can you be a peace maker?

A.      You first be at peace with God.

You have to be truly saved.

B.      You then have to know your mission in life.

You have been saved to lead others to a saving knowledge of Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:18 “18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;”

 

September 22, 2016  

Sermon Series: The Life of Christ: From Creation to the Cradle to the Cross to the Crown

Sermon Title: The King’s Mandate: The Sermon on the Mount-A Heart that God Can Use

Sermon Text: Matthew 5:8

Sermon Date: August 21, 2016

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Matt. 5:8

 

I. The Definition OF A Pure In Heart

 

Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life

 Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?

And who shall stand in his holy place?

 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,

       who does not lift up his soul to what is false

and does not swear deceitfully. Psalm 24: 3-4

 

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:8

 

 

II.  The Defilement of the Heart

 

Jeremiah 17:9-10. It is a classic verse on the heart and notice 3 things Jeremiah tells us about the heart.

 A. It Is Diseased

B. It Is Deceitful

C. Diagnosis of the Heart

 

 III. The Deployment of a New Heart- 

A.  It is a heart that God touches

 B.  It is a heart that God turns towards Him

C.  Which makes it a heart that is tender towards Him

 

IV.  The Delight of a Pure Heart

A. To Be Admitted to His Presence

B. To Be Awestruck by His Glory

C. To Be Comforted by His Grace—Psalm 27: 7-9

 

September 22, 2016  

Sermon Series: The Life of Jesus: From Creation to the Cradle to the Cross to the Crown

Sermon Title:  The Sermon on the Mount: The King’s Mandate:  The Magnificence of Mercy

Sermon Text: Matthew 5: 7

Sermon Date: August 14, 2016

To be a child of the King, to belong to God's kingdom, to be a Christian, to be a saved person is to possess a certain kind of nature, a certain kind of disposition, a certain kind of character that is defined in these Beatitudes. As Martyn Lloyd-Jones also said, "We are not meant to control our Christianity, but rather our Christianity is meant to control us." And it starts from the inside and works its way out.

Salvation is something that happens to us at the very center of our being. It is something which occurs that is called a new creation. When the Holy Spirit makes us alive again in Christ, Jesus controls everything we are at the innermost part of our being and flows out from that point. Jesus was not interested in external religion. He was not interested in formal religious ceremony any more than God was. He was not interested in superficial works with wrong motives. He was interested in pure transformed hearts. He characterized the Jews as sepulchers or graves painted white on the outside, but inside full of dead men's bones.

This is so important to know.  This separate true and false conversion.  In addressing the issue of a real salvation, a real religion, a true knowledge of God, Jesus speaks to matters of the heart. As Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote many years ago, "A Christian IS someone before he DOES anything." It all starts with who we are. And we've already gone through the first four of these Beatitudes. He talks about those who are poor in spirit, those who mourn, those who are gentle, or better translated meek, meaning humble, and those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. Those are characteristic inner principles that operate in the life of those who belong to God's kingdom.

This is a God-like characteristic for those who have been born again, and the way it shows is by having a heart full of mercy.

It is not softness

It is not sinament

Mercy – compassion in action. It is the opposite of being hard, unforgiving, and unfeeling.

I want for you this evening, to consider 3 points about this Beatitude. Notice if you would…

 

1. THE BEAUTY OF MERCY

Did you know one of the most beautiful characteristics of God is mercy, and when you give mercy, you are displaying a God-like characteristic.  Listen to Lam. 3:22-23 – Through the LORD’S mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.

Did you ever stop to think that in order for you not to live this day that God doesn’t have to take it. No, all God has to do is stop giving it.

It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed.

Eph. 2:4 – But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us.

Eph. 5:1 – Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.

We see a good illustration of this by our Lord Jesus Christ in Luke 10:25-37.

What do I have to do to be saved asked the lawyer.  Love God with all of your being and your neighbor as yourself.

Vs. 25 – He got it right, but still got it wrong.

Did you know you can be 100% right and still die and go to hell?

I know the plan of salvation. It isn’t the plan that saves you; it is the man of salvation.

A. Jerusalem to Jericho – vs. 30

Jerusalem is set up on a hill

Jericho is down by the Dead Sea, in the rift about 1,300 feet below sea level.

Picture of man going away from God going from the Holy city of Jerusalem to heathen city of Jericho.

Man fell among thieves, cut-throats.

They beat him, robbed him, and left him for dead.  That is exactly what the world does to people.

B. Certain Priest – vs. 31

Religious people of that day, the teachers. They performed all of the rituals and sacrifices.

This priest represents the ritualism.  

C. Levite – vs. 32

Keepers of the Law

If priest represents ritualism, then this guy represents rules.

Law can describe us and condemn us, but it cannot redeem us.

D. Certain Samaritan – vs. 33

They were the one despised by the Jews.

Saw where he was.

Went to him.

Tended to his wounds, had compassion.

1) Oil – holy spirit

2) Wine – blood

Put him on his own animal – picture of Jesus taking our place and us taking His place. Substitution. What a wonderful picture of salvation.

Notice vs. 36-37. Oh that we would learn mercy, compassion in action.

 

Here’s what I know tonight. There are three kinds of people among us. There are the beater uppers, passer uppers, and the picker uppers.

 

2. THE BASIS OF MERCY

That is, How do you show mercy?

Might I say there can be no mercy without truth. You get that. There can be no mercy without truth. I’m talking about THE BASIS OF MERCY.

Psalm 85:10 – Mercy and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed.

Study sometime the number of times God conjoins mercy and truth. You will be amazed.

Have you ever had someone try to argue the fairness of God? I say God is not fair. If he was fair we all would be done for. God is just and merciful. For some to get what is fair is to say they get what is coming to them.

The justice of God says sin must be punished. That is truth, and once you see the truth, you will cry out for mercy.

If you refuse the shed blood of Christ, don’t think you will come before God and receive mercy. Won’t happen.

I’ll tell you this; you either walk out tonight under or over the blood.

Heb. 10:28-29 – Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy n the testimony of two or three witnesses. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?

In Old Testament, if a man said he didn’t care about the law, he died without mercy. (vs. 28)

You say that is Old Testament. I say notice in the New Testament (vs. 29).

 

3. THE BLESSINGS OF MERCY

For they shall obtain mercy

That doesn’t mean we are saved because we show mercy. It means we show mercy because we are saved.

The more mercy we show, the more we get

But we cannot get it till we see…

o Our bankrupt, our need for repentance

o Come under the authority of Jesus, desire Jesus. Then we can begin to show mercy.

Luke 12:48

Those who have received mercy want to give it.

Have you received mercy?

Sermon Series: The Life of Jesus: From Creation to the Cradle to the Cross to the Crown

Sermon Title: The Sermon on the Mount: The King’s Mandate-What are You Hungry and Thirty For?

Sermon Text: Matthew 5:6

Sermon Date: 7-31-16

 
 
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.
Matt. 5:6
For the last few weeks we have been dealing with the "Beatitudes" here in Matt. 5. Have you noticed how that all of these Beatitudes point to man’s greatest need? How that they all build on one another? We have looked at:
"Blessed are the…
Poor – see themselves bankrupt before God
Who mourn – truly repentant for their sin
Meek – surrendered to Christ’s total authority
And this morning, Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.
Righteousness in the Bible is wrapped up in a person and that person is Jesus Christ. Listen to Paul in I Cor. 1:30 – But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God – and righteousness and sanctification and redemption
Jesus is our righteousness, and when we "hunger and thirst after righteousness" we are hungering and thirsting after Jesus. Now get this because if you don’t you won’t get the rest of the message.
Jesus Christ is our righteousness.
Man’s hunger can be filled by only Jesus. Man’s greatest need can be found in a right relationship with Jesus Christ.
Has that need been filled in you this morning?
Christ is the righteousness of God to which we are to hunger after.
So then, how are we to hunger and thirst for Jesus Christ?

1. WE ARE TO DESIRE JESUS PREEMINENTLY
That is, we should desire Him above all others.
Colossians 1:8 says that in everything he might be preeminent.
"Jesus Christ is heaven’s bread for man’s deepest hunger." (Adrian Rogers)
"Thou hast made us for thyself and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in thee." (St. Augustine)
Jesus Christ will not work in second place in our lives.
Problem with most folks is they don’t want to seek righteousness. They want to seek blessedness. Problem with that is they never find happiness or satisfaction.
Blessedness is the by-product of seeking Jesus.

2. WE ARE TO DESIRE JESUS PASSIONATELY
What Christ is talking about in our text is hunger/thirst.
 
It is a picture of a man who is starring. He doesn’t want a little piece of chicken; he wants the whole chicken. He doesn’t want a drop of water; he wants a pitcher of water. He is hungry and thirsty.
What are the marks of a man who is hungry, who is thirsty?


A. He is on a deliberate quest for food
Jesus isn’t talking about a man who just has an appetite. He is speaking of a man who is bankrupt, broken. He is starving and parched.
What are the marks of this kind of hunger? Well if you were starving, would you be interested in how good you looked or what the score is for the sport of the day?
When someone is truly hungry, he is interested in one thing and that is getting "filled". He is interested in food and water. He is deliberate in his quest for it.
Many folks sit in church Sunday after Sunday with their mind 1,000 miles away and you know why? They aren’t hungry.
A man who is on a deliberate quest for food sets his face toward it and he then finds it.
B. He is on a determined search for food
That is, he is going to get fed, and he is going to get some water.
I have seen folks come in to God’s house and their body language just says, "I am here. Now let’s see if this preacher can teach me anything"
So then what happens is their minds begin a mental argument. The "Yah, buts" start happening.
You know what? These folks aren’t hungry; they are not being deliberate; they are not being determined.
Could you imagine a hungry man saying, "Well if anybody wants to feed me, they can" or "I don’t like this or that. Give me something else to eat."
No friend. A hungry man is grateful just to find food.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.

C. He is on a desperate search for food

A desperate man lays aside his pride, his criticism, and he just wants to eat.
Are you hungry this morning?


3. WE ARE TO ENJOY JESUS PERPETUALLY
The verb is a present active indicative that means a continuous action. 

I don’t know how much of God you have, but I do know you got all you want.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.
Are you hungry? What are you searching for? May I say, your search won’t be satisfied in a "what" but rather in "whom". Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for JESUS.

Sermon Series: The Life of Jesus: From Creation to the Cradle to the Cross to the Crown

Sermon Title: The Sermon on the Mount-The King’s Mandate- Happy are the Meek

Sermon Date: July 24, 2016

 

In our study of the Beatitudes we have learned these are spiritual attitudes that all Christians should have continually in their life if they want to be truly happy. They only happen when the Holy Spirit does a work of salvation in a person’s life.  When a person is saved, the Holy Spirit creates a new person in Christ and the Beatitudes follow a progression that should be seen in all Christians:

The Spiritual Beggar - Matthew 5.3 – To be spiritually Bankrupt]

Broken Sinners - Matthew 5.6 – To mourn for the cost of your sin.]

Now we study a Surrendered Servant  - Matthew 5.5]

 [In the heart of the Mediterranean there is an Island called Matarios.  It is so named because it was thought to have all that it needed to sustain its inhabitants.  This is what is meant by the word blessed in this passage of Scripture, it means to have all that you need.]

[If you seek God, blessedness will find you.
If you seek happiness, you will never find it. - Adrian Rogers]

[The world and meekness.] 

Meekness is weakness in the worlds mind.] 

The worldly believe that only the strong are blessed.] 

[But through the sermon on the Mount our Lord Jesus Christ reveals a better way to contentment and satisfaction, that is starkly different from the world’s way.  Jesus said,]

[Matthew 5:5 5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. ]

[The World thinks this is utter foolishness.  They think it is ridiculous to think that a meek person could be fulfilled or victorious in life.  But, Almighty God says it is so. 

I.      The Definition of Meekness? 

A.      Meekness is not Weakness (Matt 11.29; Num 12.3) – Webester’s Collegate – Meek 1: enduring injury with patience and without resentment: MILD 2: deficient in spirit and courage: submissive 3: not violent  or strong: Moderate.[1]

i.       [Was Jesus weak because He was meek?] 

a.    [40 day fast (Matt 4.2; Luke 4.2)] 

b.    [Drove out the changers (John 2.15)] 

[Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. ] 

ii.      [Was Moses weak because he was meek?] 

a   [He led Israel out of Egypt.] 

[Numbers 12:3 (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.) ] 

B.      Meekness is Yieldedness (Rom 6.19) [- Meekness means yielded or strength under control. Means submission to the will of God. It is strength that has been conquered and now controlled. Because when I see what I am, in and of myself, and then when I repent of that sin with godly sorrow, then I yield myself to God.

i.       Webster’s 1828 – Meekness – 2: In an evangelical sense, humility: resignation; submission to the divine will, without murmuring or peevishness; oppose to pride. . . . Meekness is a grace which Jesus alone inculcated, and which no ancient philosopher seems to have understood or recommended. – Buckminster. [1] 

ii.      [Meekness is strength under the authority of another.  Like the reins control a horse.

iii.       [Dealing with wild horses:] 

a   [Let them run wild.] 

1      [No restraint.] 

2      [Do what ever you want.] 

3      [The philosophy of  the world 

b   [Cripple the horse.] 

1      [The horse has a mind of its own that is filled with its own ideas and desires.] 

2      [Make it impossible for the horse to fulfill its desires.] 

3      [This is the philosophy of liberalism 

c   [Bridle the horse (Rom 6.19)] 

1      [Teach the horse to control its desires.] 

2      [God energizes us to use our strength and desires under His guidance.] 

3      [Turn the reins over to Jesus.] 

[Romans 6:19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. ] 

iv      [Incredible Strength - It takes incredible spiritual strength and discipline to be meek in the Biblical sense.  To willingly place the reigns of your life into the hand of your Heavenly Father and Lord Jesus Christ is not weak nor shameful, it is the demonstration of incredible strength.] 

II.     The Development of  Meekness [- Notice the appropriate order of the Be-Attitudes: [You must be broken before you can be meek.] 

[There is your Salvation – The poor in spirit.] 

[There is your Transformation - Mourning unto Repentance, this is to be broken over your sin.] 

[There is your Conformation – Becoming Meek – This is your surrender.  It is to willingly yield yourself to the Lordship of Christ.  It is power under another's authority.  Meekness is to take the reigns of your life and place them in the hands of the Lord Jesus Christ.] 

[Matthew 5:5 5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. ]

Three Steps to meekness: 

A.           Rest in Jesus (Matt 11.28-30). 

[Matthew 11:28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. ] 

i       [Jesus suggests here that your life is hard and your burden is heavy because you are laboring on your own or you may be pulling against the yoke.  A yoke is a device that is used to tie two beasts of burden together.  Its design is to make the burden lighter for each beast by dividing the work load between them both.  A well fit yoke is a comfortable yoke and a functional yoke.] 

ii.      [An easy yoke is a yoke that fits right – Jesus is saying that he will give you a yoke that is comfortable and functional.  You will not be alone in your burdens, but with the Lord’s yoke you have the supernatural and almighty help of God helping you bear your burdens.] 

iii.       [The way of the transgressor is hard]

[Proverbs 13:15 Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard. ]

[Refuse the yoke of the Lord and you choose to carry the burden on your own or even worse you choose to pull against the yoke and make the labor extremely hard for everyone.] 

iv      [Come unto me and take my yoke – Hence, our Lord Jesus Christ says, come unto me willingly and yield yourself to my unfailing goodness and divine guidance and you will find rest, contentment, and happiness.  This is nothing less than meekness and it pours out of your willing surrender.] 

B.      Respond to God (James 1.21). 

[James 1:21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. ] 

i       [Submit to His Word It is . . . the engrafted word . . .  which is none other than the living Word of God in us.  You will hear God when you hear His Word, you will be conformed to the image of Christ when you meekly give yourself to the Word of God.]

[Many have held and heard the Word of God, but few have responded to the Word of God in a willing meekness.] 

ii.      [Receive - Two Greek words.] 

a   [lambano (gk) - To take or grasp, the worlds view, I'll take the knowledge of God, no submission.] 

b   [dekomia (gk) - To welcome with humility - The Christian view, to be responsive to the presence of God.] 

iii       [We must learn to welcome God's guidance in our lives.] 

C.      Reside with the Holy Spirit (Gal 5.16,25) [- Be filled with the Holy Spirit.] 

i       [The fruit of the spirit is meekness.] 

[Galatians 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. ] 

[Galatians 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. ] 

III.     The Dynamic of Meekness [- Inherit the earth.] 

[Matthew 5:5 5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. ]

A.      A Mortal Problem (Psalm 37.16; Psalm 147.6) [- No matter what you have, if you don't have blessedness (happiness) you have nothing.] 

[Psalm 37:16 A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked. ] 

i.       [The world may see your meekness and surrender as weak and poor but what your Heavenly Father gives you through the Lord Jesus Christ the world can never touch.  The roaring lion can threaten, but cannot take.] 

ii.      [The world under the deceptive guidance of Lucifer the devil may offer you prosperity and pleasure through his immoral rebelliousness but you will only find entrapment, despair and destruction through his gifts.  You will never find true blessedness, contentment and happiness apart for the Lord of Glory.  The Angel of light can offer but cannot truly give.] 

[Psalms 147:6  The LORD lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground.] 

B.      An Eternal Promise (1 Cor 3.21; 2 Cor 6.10; Psalm 22.26; 25.9; 37.11; 149.4) - [To have an inheritance.] 

i.       [Those who are willing to give themselves over to the guidance and leadership of the Lord Jesus Christ are promise an eternal and mortal inheritance by God.  But a  man that cannot control himself and that will not allow himself to be led by anyone or anything else, will never be satisfied of blessed.  God says:] 

[Matthew 5:5 5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.]

["In the sweet by and by, and in the nasty here and now
 we can inherit the earth."- Adrian Rogers]
 

ii.      [To those who will trust in Christ and glorify God through their lives, God says, All things are yours.] 

[1 Cor. 3:21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours; ] 

iii.       [The apostle Paul lost his life completely in Christ.  Paul gave up everything for Jesus, yet he said,] 

[2 Cor. 6:10 As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things. ] 

iv.      [Almighty God promises great things to those who will learn to be meek and who will willingly place the reigns of their life in His benevolent hand.  God says,] 

 [Psalms 22:26  The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.] 

[Psalms 25:9  The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.] 

[Psalms 37:11  But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.]  

[Psalms 149:4  For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.

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