Elements City Church
The Good Life - Beatitudes wk7
The Beatitudes set forth the blessings God gives to those he is working in—blessings given not as a reward for our merit, but as a gift of His grace. Here is a Christian value system and God’s kingdom ethical standard—all of which are often at odds with those of the non-Christian world in which humanity functions. Blessed are those that recognize their spiritual bankruptcy and thus their need for dependency upon Christ and his gifts of grace. They will experience the God-life and a true good life.
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  • Elements City Church
    1825 N Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712, USA
    Sunday 5:00 PM

Thanks for being with us tonight!

Whether you're on-site or online, we are praying that tonight will be an encouragement to your soul, and that you know you're loved. May God whisper to you and help you in taking your next steps in a journey with Him.

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Series Takeaway:
The pursuit of “The Good Life” (the one this world says to seek) will ultimately let you down, but the pursuit of the God-life will lead to real, lasting joy and true blessing.
Peace is not just the absence of conflict -- it is a state of health, when many parts come together to create oneness; a state of wholeness.
". . . they will be called sons of God."

How do you know if you have the DNA of the Father?
Are you a person who builds peace wherever you go?
Background on Romans:
- Probably written in 54-55 AD, corroborated by the Book of Acts
- Emperor Claudius expelled all Jews from Rome in 49 AD
- Claudius dies in 54 AD, allowing the Jews to come back to Rome
- So anti-Semitism had existed on a national level, and there may be some of it in the church
- The Jews return to see the church (run by Gentiles for 5 years) is not as they left it, there's no respect for Jewish customs and food laws
- So the first 11 chapters of Romans detail how righteousness comes through faith alone, not by works of the Law
- The Jews need to see Gentiles as “true Jews” (ch. 2), and the Gentiles need to respect the Jews as the holy root (ch. 11)
1. Welcome People

This is a core value at Elements!

But we don't welcome people just to argue with them.
Ask yourself:
Does Jesus scowl at me the way I scowl at others for ______?
2. You can be right and still be wrong.
Proverbs 18:19 NASB
A brother who is offended is harder to be won than a strong city.
3. Keep the Kingdom the Priority
What are our opinions or politics compared to the beautiful people Jesus died to save?
The Kingdom of God is not a matter of ______, it's a matter of righteousness and peace and joy!
4. Look to Jesus as the example.
What ultimately divides us is our sin.

The Greek word for peace (eirene) is also sometimes translated as “salvation.”

What all people really need is salvation, which only comes through Jesus Christ.
If we want to be peacemakers, it means we will eventually suffer.

But when the Kingdom is our priority we suffer with purpose - that purpose is for others to find peace through Christ.

What if we saw the world’s greatest need was actually to find peace in Jesus Christ?

Thanks for partnering with us!

Elements family, thank you for enabling us to BE the Church in our city - especially in this moment. Your gifts help fuel the mission and our capacity to share His love with as many as we can. You help us bring the HOPE and LIGHT of Jesus to our city! You can give here, online, or through the Elements app.

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We'll see you back at Elements next weekend -- on-site or online -- as we finish our series on the Beatitudes and how Jesus said to pursue happiness and the blessed life!