You can tell what kind of bird you’re looking at by its distinguishing marks. So what are the distinguishing marks of a Christian? Pastor Colin talks about how you would know it if you actually spotted one.
The Beatitudes are not telling you how to become a Christian—they tell you what a true Christian looks like. Everyone wants to be blessed. We want to be blessed in life, blessed in death, and blessed in eternity. In the Beatitudes, the Son of God tells us about the life that is blessed and about the people who are blessed. But Jesus does more than just describe a blessed life—He gives us a way to actually pursue it.
See also: Momentum – Vol. 2
How do you deal with 'habitual sins'—the endless cycle of sinning, saying you’re “sorry,” and then repeating the same behavior? Pastor Colin talks about why we never actually move forward in the Christian life without spiritual mourning. Find out the reasons, and how to move forward.
What does it look like to be blessed by God? Jesus tells us that the blessed people are not those who think they’re right, but those who feel that they’re not. Pastor Colin shows us why.
What do you think will give you satisfaction? Is it to be loved? To be appreciated? To get revenge? Jesus tells us that there is only one thing that will satisfy completely. Pastor Colin Smith shows us what this is.
Seeing the crowds, [Jesus] went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: Blessed… (Matthew 5:1-3) Over these last weeks, I have immersed myself in these words of Jesus and they have had a profound effect on me in at least […]
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3 Some months ago Karen and I decided to visit the Art Institute in Chicago. It is a vast and marvelous place with so much to see. When we saw how large it was, I said to Karen in characteristic […]
God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you. 1 Peter 5:5-6 We’re looking together at the Beatitudes, great pronouncements of blessing from the Son of God. We began last week with: “Blessed are the […]
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4 Don’t miss the word “blessing,” that is repeated here, and over and over, in the Beatitudes. In the Old Testament God’s people gathered at Mount Sinai. God came down, but His face was never seen. The people were kept at a distance. Darkness […]
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4 We saw last time that there are three kinds of mourning— 1. Natural mourning grieves the loss of someone you love. 2. Sinful mourning is grieving over something God never intended you to have. But Jesus is referring here to: 3. Spiritual mourning […]
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. (Matthew 5:5) What is Christ calling us to here? What is meekness? What does it look like? I wonder what comes to your mind when you hear the word meekness? Is a meek person someone who is soft-spoken, or maybe a person who has a […]
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5 Last week, we looked at what meekness is and some places in life where we especially need to pursue it. Meekness is being used to the hand. We thought about a wild horse that resists the bit and bridle. It’s out there in the […]
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Matthew 5:6 This fourth beatitude is really a turning point in the series. The first three have been about our need, about our desperate position… Blessed are the poor in spirit—being “poor in spirit” means I know that before God, I […]
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Matthew 5:6 We saw last time that the mark of a true Christian is not that he feels righteous, but that he longs to be more righteous than he is. When it comes to righteousness, the blessed people are not those […]
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