The Beatitudes are not a set of “if-then” conditions to be met, but a declaration of the life that belongs to all those who belong to Jesus by grace through faith, both now and for the future! The beatitudes describe the good life – the way life was meant to be lived under the gracious reign of our Savior King. While beatitudes 1-4 describe how we relate to God, beatitudes 5-9 describe how we relate to others and the world as disciples of Jesus. So the question for this message is; how does the gracious reign of Jesus in our lives affect our relationships with others?
Scripture: Matt. 5:1-12; Heb. 12:1-2; Eph. 2; Matt. 4: John 5; Matt. 9, 15, 17; Lk. 7; Acts 5:17-42; John 15:18-20; 2 Cor. 5:17-18;