Jesus says that if the character traits identified in the first seven of the Beatitudes (in Matthew 5) are active in your life, he guarantees you will come under persecution. Because if these things are working in your life, people you interact with are going to have to make a decision.
Here’s a link to the video shown at the beginning of the message.
Christians are called to be peace-makers in the church and the community: not trouble-makers! Peacemaking is a divine work that comes from a humble, gentle sergant’s heart, being spirit-led in how we approach our relationships. Message delivered 5/17/2009.
Purity of heart, layered on top of being merciful, is key to being in proper relationship with others. Message delivered 5/3/2009.
In this next message from the Sermon on the Mount, Pastor John Young teaches that it’s our pursuit of God that puts us in a position to have proper relationships with other people. Being merciful is key to receiving mercy. Message delivered 4/26/2009.
The point of the Beatitudes is NOT “do these things and you’ll make God happy,” but rather “this is the kind of person God wants you to be.” Pastor John Young continues his exploration of the Beatitudes with “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Message delivered 4/19/2009.
Jesus taught, “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the Earth.” When he rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, he was declaring himself the King, but in a way that was the perfect illustration of what he said about being meek. Message delivered 4/5/09
Pastor John Young concludes his teaching on the second Beatitude, “Blessed are those who mourn,” teaching that grieving is a necessary part of leaving the past behind and embracing the future. As we give our pain and torment to God, we can embrace what He has for us. Taking up “Blessed are the meek,” he says we can be reachable, touchable and gentle only when we get beyond being worried about what others think of us. Message delivered 3/29/2009.
Jesus took the opportunity of his first public teaching to lay out the principles by which a Christ-follower must live. The “blessed are” passages are not just a random collection of character attributes, but represent a progression, beginning with honest realization of our spiritual bankruptcy without God, and continuing to right mourning for hurts and losses. Message delivered 3/22/09 by Pastor John Young.
Jesus launched his ministry with the sermon on the mount. Pastor John Young explores the primary statement in that teaching: Blessed are the poor in spirit. He says the Kingdom of God is about what’s inside, and it is given to those who realize that without God they are utterly bankrupt. Message delivered 3/15/2009.
The qualities expressed in the “blessed are” verses of the Beatitudes are spiritual and not social: Jesus said this kingdom we are part of is not of this world, and the qualities and the character reflected can only be obtained through relationship. Pastor John Young says in this first of a series on the Beatitudes that, if we think we can live for God outside of anything but by getting to know him, spending time with him, reading the word, we’re mistaken. Our chance to make a difference in this community we live in or in the world is not going to come because of any great program we create. It’s only going to come from what we do that takes people to a deep relationship with their God. Message delivered 3/8/09.