We want to be a church where the past is not fatal, the present has power and the future has hope because of Jesus Christ. We talked a lot in the recent two series about focusing on and following Jesus. That focus will be more and more important as we move into the next chapters of life as First Church, and as a people called United Methodist. What does that focus on following Jesus look like in real time living? Beginning Father’s Day weekend and concluding the second weekend in August, we will walk through the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12) one at a time under the heading “BLESSED,” seeking to answer the question each week, “What about this particular teaching makes for a blessed life, and why is that important to following Jesus?” To set the stage for the series, read the following texts and pay attention to what they say about Jesus’ words.

We want to be a church where the past is not fatal, the present has power and the future has hope because of Jesus Christ. We talked a lot in the recent two series about focusing on and following Jesus. That focus will be more and more important as we move into the next chapters of life as First Church, and as a people called United Methodist. What does that focus on following Jesus look like in real time living? Beginning Father’s Day weekend and concluding the second weekend in August, we will walk through the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12) one at a time under the heading “BLESSED,” seeking to answer the question each week, “What about this particular teaching makes for a blessed life, and why is that important to following Jesus?” To set the stage for the series, read the following texts and pay attention to what they say about Jesus’ words.

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JUNE 15 AND 16

Matthew 7:24-29

Jesus is clear that serving is a key element in following him (John 13.)  Peter says grace is given to each of us, and its purpose is to enable us to serve others and point them to Jesus – to how he lived and to the things that are important to him. As we serve in the ways he did, our connection to Jesus gets deeper – the “plant” is cultivated and our lives and the Church is set up to bloom in the ways Jesus calls us to. As you read the following passages, note what they say about using what we have to serve the needs of others.

MONDAY (6/17):  Luke 6:46-49

TUESDAY (6/18):  James 1:22-25

WEDNESDAY (6/19):  James 2:14-22

THURSDAY (6/20):  Matthew 12:46-50

If DOING the words of Jesus builds the foundation for life that will withstand storms, knowing WHAT Jesus said is also of critical importance.  It’s safe to say the heart of what Jesus said is found in what we call “The Sermon on the Mount” in Matthew 5-7. And the heart of the Sermon itself is in what’s called “The Beatitudes” in Matthew 5:1-12. The first Beatitude - and the first entry point for the “BLESSED” life as Jesus describes it - has to do with being “poor in spirit.” To prepare for our next times in worship, read the following texts and note what they say about being “humble people.”

FRIDAY (6/21):  Micah 6:6-8

SATURDAY(6/22):  Matthew 11:25-30

SUNDAY (6/23):  Matthew 5:1-12

 
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JULY 6 AND 7

Matthew 5:1-12

The Beatitude that we are looking at this weekend is, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5) A good understanding of what it looks like to be “meek” is to think about “gentleness.” Read the following texts and note where and how gentleness shows up in the passages.

MONDAY (7/8):  Numbers 12:1-8

TUESDAY (7/9): 2  Corinthians 10:1-5

WEDNESDAY (7/10):  1 Thessalonians 2:1-12

THURSDAY (7/11):  Galatians 5:16-26

The Beatitude for next week is Matthew 5:6, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” To prepare for our next times together for worship, spend some time with these scripture passages and pay attention to what they say about how God responds when we seek him as source for life.

FRIDAY (7/12): Psalm 63:1-8

SATURDAY (7/13): Isaiah 55:1-3, 6-11

SUNDAY (7/14): Matthew 5:1-6

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JUNE 22 AND 23

Matthew 5:1-12

Our journey through the Beatitudes in Matthew 5 begins with number one: Blessed are the poor in spirit... We’ve discovered that to be poor in spirit means to live with a humble frame of mind when we engage our lives in all aspects. It’s a choice that positions us to receive and live in the kingdom of heaven. To stay connected to that truth, read the following scripture passages. 

MONDAY (06/24):  2 Samuel 22:26-31

TUESDAY (06/25):  Psalm 25:4-10

WEDNESDAY (06/26):  Isaiah 57:14-16

THURSDAY (06/27):  Luke 18:9-14

To prepare for our next times in worship, read the following passages. As you read, pay attention to what they say about God’s care for those who mourn.

FRIDAY (06/28):  Psalm 30:4-12

SATURDAY (06/29):  Isaiah 61:1-4

SUNDAY (06/30):  Matthew 5:1-12

 
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JULY 13 AND 14, 2019

Matthew 5:1-6

The Beatitude that we are looking at this week is Matthew 5:6, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled.”  Another word for righteousness in this passage is justice.  Pay attention to two topics in this weeks readings.  1.  What does it look like to hunger and thirst?  2.  What is God’s idea of justice?

Monday 7/15Luke 19:1-10

Tuesday 7/16:  Deuteronomy 8:1-10

Wednesday 7/17Job 12:13-23

Thursday 7/18Revelation 22:14-17

The Beatitude for next week is Matthew 5:7, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy.”  To prepare for our next time of worship together read these scriptures and pay attention to what God has to say about mercy. 

Friday 7/19:  Matthew 9:10-13

Saturday 7/20:  Micah 7:18-19

Sunday 7/21Matthew 5:1-7

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JUNE 29 AND 30

Matthew 5:1-12

As we continue on our journey through the beatitudes Jesus reminds us of his presence with those who mourn. It is in the presence of Christ that we find hope because we realize our mourning does not have the final say.  Listen for what these passages have to say about those who mourn and the comfort we receive. 

Monday: John 11:1-44

Tuesday: Revelation 21:1-4

Wednesday: 1 Corinthians 15:50-57

Thursday: John 14:16-31

To prepare for our next times in worship, read the following passages. As you read, pay attention to what they say about those who are meek.

Friday: Matthew 1:25-30

Saturday: Galatians 5:13-26

Sunday: Matthew 5:1-12

 
THIS SERMON IS COMING SOON!

THIS SERMON IS COMING SOON!

The Beatitude we are looking at this week is Matthew 5:7, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy.”  The bible has a lot to say on showing and receiving mercy.  It was hard to choose which verse to draw attention to.  I want to encourage you to do a simple word search on mercy and dig deeper into the many passages that speak about mercy.  Also, pay attention to what these scriptures below say about our responsibility to show mercy and God’s goodness in showing us mercy.   

Monday 7/22:  James 2:1-13

Tuesday 7/23:  Luke 18:9-14

Wednesday 7/24:  Hebrews 4:12-16

Thursday 7/25:  Luke 6:27-36

The Beatitude for next week is Matthew 5:8, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”  To prepare for our time of worship together read these scriptures.  Pay attention to what they say about being pure in heart. 

Friday 7/26:  Psalm 24

Saturday 7/27:  2 Timothy 2:14-26

Sunday 7/28:  Matthew 5:1-8