E-Free Church - Gaylord Campus
Living Life Jesus Style Part 1
What does the normal Christian life look like? Jesus gives us 8 building blocks of what Living Life Jesus Style is all about and they are called the "BEATITUDES"
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  • E-Free Church - Gaylord Campus
    1649 M-32, Gaylord, MI 49735, USA
    Sunday 5:00 AM

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The INTRODUCTION to Life Jesus Style (Matthew 5:1-2)

A Lesson in CONTRAST

The Sermon on the Mount is a contrast to Phariseeism, the popular religious thought of that day

The pattern of “You have heard…But I say”

5:21…5:22 (murder)
5:27…5:28 (adultery)
5:31…5:32 (divorce)
5:33…5:34 (vows)
5:38…5:39 (retaliation)
5:43…5:44 (love your neighbor/hate your enemy)

To the Pharisees righteousness was obeying a list of man-made “dos and don’ts” along with the Law of Moses

Added 365 man-made prohibitions/250 more commands

The theme of the sermon is found in Matthew 5:20

Spirituality is not simply what you do…it is what you are

The Sermon begins with 8 characteristics that are characterized with the descriptive word “Blessed” (Greek “makarios”)

The word blessed means far more than simply being “Happy”

Happiness is a temporary feeling

Happiness is dependent on circumstances

This is a word that describes great contentment and satisfaction

Homer used this word to describe the immortality of the Greek gods

This is an inward contentment in spite of outward circumstances
The IDENTITY of Life Jesus Style (Matthew 5:3-12)

A life that DEPENDS on God (v3)

The REALITY of this characteristic

“Poor” (Greek “ptochos”)

This is not the ordinary word for poverty (It is the Greek word “penichros” which is used of the widow who gave her two small copper coins in Luke 21:2)

This describes total destitution used to describe a beggar with no support (as Lazarus in Luke 16:20)

Word comes from a verb meaning “to shrink or cower” describing ashamed beggars who would hide their face while asking for alms
“In Spirit”

Spiritual poverty, not financial poverty

Realizing our total dependence on God

Spiritual dependence (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Physical dependence (James 4:14-15)
Material dependence (1 Corinthians 4:7)
Ministry dependence (Psalm 127:1-2)
The litmus test of dependence is prayer - Philippians 4:6-7

Jerry Falwell…“Nothing of eternal importance happens apart from prayer”
The REWARD of this characteristic:

Theirs is the kingdom of heaven

Spiritual dependence leads to eternal life

Eternal life is a quality of life that involves the present as well as the future

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