I apologize for being so far behind on posting the sermons. Last week the internet was having issues uploading to Youtube for some reason. It took this video an incredible amount of time to upload and I even canceled and restarted the upload at one point thinking that might help. Unfortunately, it didn't...
This is the sermon given on February 2nd, and it covers the beginning of the "Sermon on the Mount", better known as simply "The Beatitudes". Here we find Jesus beginning to teach His newly recruited Disciples in what they need to know to go off later and spread His message. If He thought it important for them to listen then perhaps... we should listen as well.
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Matthew 5:1-12 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
5 When Jesus[a] saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely[b] on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
a) Matthew 5:1 Gk he
b) Matthew 5:11 Other ancient authorities lack falsely