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Our God (Medley) - Jonathan Nelson

Have Mercy - Sandra McCracken

Canvas And Clay- Pat Barrett

Amazing Grace- Midtown Worship

Firm Foundation (He Won't) - Maverick City Music

17 After coming down with them, he stood on a level place with a large crowd of his disciples and a great number of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and from the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon. 18 They came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those tormented by unclean spirits were made well. 19 The whole crowd was trying to touch him, because power was coming out from him and healing them all.

20 Then looking up at his disciples, he said:

Blessed are you who are poor,

because the kingdom of God is yours.

21 Blessed are you who are hungry now,

because you will be filled.

Blessed are you who weep now,

because you will laugh.

22 Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you, insult you, and slander your name as evil because of the Son of Man.

23 “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy. Take note—your reward is great in heaven, for this is the way their ancestors used to treat the prophets.

24 But woe to you who are rich,

for you have received your comfort.

25 Woe to you who are now full,

for you will be hungry.

Woe to you who are now laughing,

for you will mourn and weep.

26 Woe to you when all people speak well of you,

for this is the way their ancestors used to treat the false prophets.

Luke 6:17-24


The Blessed Life


Jamaal Williams

"The upside-down teaching of Jesus shapes disciples to live a blessed life."

  • The Sermon on a Plain
    • Jesus invites his disciples to live the blessed life.
      • To be blessed means to flourish and experience deep satisfaction
      • The Beatitudes highlight a state of true flourishing and well-being that comes from being in the right relationship with God.
    • Jesus warns those who reject his invitation, "Woe to you."

    1. The Interpretive Lens
      • This text is not arguing for the prosperity gospel or poverty gospel.
      • Jesus' interpretive lens is completely opposite of the world's.
    2. The Great Reversal
      • Blessed (20-23)
        • Blessed are you who are poor, because the kingdom of God is yours (20)
        • Blessed are you who are hungry now, because you will be filled (21)
        • Blessed are you who weep now, Because you will laugh (22)
        • Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you, insult you, slander your name as evil because of the Son of Man (22)
        • Rejoice in that day and leap for joy. Take note — your reward is great in heaven, for it is the way their ancestors used to treat the prophets (23)
      • Woe (24-26)
        • But woe to you who are rich, for you received your comfort (24) 
        • Woe to you who are now full, for you will be hungry (25) 
        • Woe to you who are laughing, for you will mourn and weep (25)
        • Woe to you when all people speak well of you, for this is the way their ancestors used to treat false prophets (26)
    3. Diagnostic Questions
      • Am I focused on accumulating wealth and temporal comforts over seeking Jesus, loving people, and treasuring things eternal?
      • Am I relying on material wealth and possessions for security and comfort rather than God?
      • Do I prioritize worldly success over spiritual growth and obedience to God's word?
      • Do I mourn over sin, injustice, and the brokenness of my city, demonstrating a compassionate heart like Jesus.
      • Do I compromise my convictions and conform to the values of the world to avoid criticism and becoming unpopular?
      • Am I more concerned with seeking the approval of others and avoiding conflict than with courageously telling how my story fits into God's story? 

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