October 21, 2007 Sermon Notes:
Have it (purpose, joy, satisfaction happiness, etc.) Now or Have it Later: You Decide.
Ill: $1 now or $10 later. Give Background. These are not the way to Heaven, but descriptions of Devoted Disciples on the way to heaven.
Reveal Heart’s Condition:
- (vv. 20,24) Those who are poor (in this life) are blessed (Def. – Grace) because they have a future home with God in Heaven. (eternally rich)
*Woe (Def.) = Those who are rich now will be eternally poor. (Fleeting Position and Possessions)
App: Which of these describes you? “You can gain the whole world, but lose your own soul.” *Christ was poor.
- (vv. 21, 25a) Those who Hunger now are Blessed because they have a future fullness and satisfaction with God in Heaven.
*Woe = Those who are Full now will be eternally empty.
App: Are you full now? Spiritually satisfied with physical things and religious traditions. “Set your mind on things above.” Col. 3:1-2
Christ experienced hunger.
- Those who weep now are blessed because they will know joy unspeakable with God in Heaven.
*Woe = Those who are laughing, mocking, and foolish now will be eternally mourning and weeping.
App: Does your sin, and the sinfulness of others, and the sinful condition of our world make you weep? “Godly sorrow leads to repentance.”
Christ wept over Jerusalem, etc.
I11: Banquet Hall – indoors and outdoors – Four Ways
- Those who are persecuted now for the sake of Christ are blessed because they have a Heavenly Reward and a Heavenly Heritage.
*Woe = Those who are liked by everybody now will be eternally separated from all friends, family, and God. They will be ultimately rejected.
Christ was rejected.
Conclusion: Rejoice or Repent. The Cross