The Beatitudes – Sunday’s Outline

Sunday I gave an outline in the message for a way to interpret and understand the Beatitudes from the Gospel of Matthew. The outline is from Life’s Healing Choices that will be used by our Celebrate Recovery ministry when it begins at the Cove in January. The reality is there are eight “bases” we all need to touch as we run through life. Make sure you don’t miss any!

Realize that you are not God.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit….”

Earnestly believe that God exists and that He cares for you.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”

Consciously choose to commit your life to Christ’s control.
“Blessed are the meek….”

Openly examine and confess your sins and faults.
“Blessed are the pure in heart….”

Voluntarily submit to God-driven change.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness…”

Evaluate all of your relationships.
“Blessed are the merciful….”

Reflect daily on your relationship with God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.”

Yield yourself to God to become an instrument of sharing the Good News.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake…”

While this is an outline used to help us in recovery, there is another eight-letter word that we also see at work here. It is the word “disciple.” This is a path to healing… but also a path to discipleship. Where ever we find ourselves, there is something here to help us in drawing near to God!

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