Santa Clara First Baptist Church

3111 Benton Street

Santa Clara, CA, 95051

408-241-7635

 

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Riches in Rags
Sunday October 9th, 2016 - Pastor Wungreiso Valui

"Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:3).

The Three Important Lessons From The First Lines Of Jesus' Sermon

  • 1. Reaping The Blessings of Believing
  • 2. Recognizing Our Insufficiency and God’s Sufficiency
  • 3. Relationship of Serving God And Reigning With God

The Three Important Words That Explains The Three Important Lessons

  • 1. "Blessed"- Reaping The Blessingsof Believing
    1. A. Blessed is not temporal but an eternal reality
    2. B. Blessed is transforming hopelessness into happiness
    3. C. Blessed is cognition of sin and comfort of eternal cure
    The last word in the Old Testament is "Curse." (Malachi 4:6)
    The first word in Jesus’ sermon is "Blessed" (Matthew 5:3)
    "Jesus did not come to curse the world but to cure the world" Read (John 3:17)
  • 2. "The poor in spirit"- Recognizing Our Insufficiency and God’s Sufficiency
    1. A. Humility Creates a Hunger For God
    2. B. Deeper Poverty Leads to Higher Dependency on God
    3. C. Spiritual Destitution Leads to Eternal Destination
    Humility is exalted in heaven (Matthew 18:4)
    Jesus did not come to show off His riches, but to shine light on God's riches.
  • 3. "The Kingdom of God." - Relationship of Serving God And Reigning With God
    1. A. The Reign of God in Our Heart Here and Now
    2. B. The Spiritual Reality of Those Who Serve God
    3. C. The Present Conception Reaching To A Glorious Future Consummation
    Do not look for outward display
    Do not look for supernatural manifestations
    The Kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21).
    Jesus brought the Kingdom of God upon us
  • 1. Are you fully depending on the riches of God?
  • 2. Are you trusting God for resources?
  • 3. Are you seeking first His Kingdom and His righteousness?

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