June 2, 2013 “Blessed Bankruptcy”

Open your Bibles to Matthew 5:1.  For the next several weeks we are going to camp in a portion of Matthew’s Gospel that is called the Beatitudes.  Let’s all stand as I read these amazing verses. Read Matthew 5:1-12.  Before being seated just let you mind dwell on this radical truth that Jesus sets out for us … yes, for us!  It may be hard for you to imagine someone being congratulated for being bankrupt or broken or hungry or meek or persecuted or insulted.  But if you and I can understand these words of Jesus, and the radical life He calls us to live, we’ll find ourselves living at a higher level than ever in our lives.  Be seated and keep your Bibles open to Matthew 5.

You’ll need a few background details in order to get the most out of our study of the Beatitudes.  The word, by the way, comes from a Latin word that means “blessed” or “to be congratulated.”  Of course, each statement Jesus makes in this section begins with the word “blessed.”



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    Dr. Michael Dean has been the senior pastor at Travis Avenue Baptist Church since 1991, having also served churches elsewhere in Texas and New Mexico. He and his wife Nan are blessed with two married children and three grandchildren. With a keen sense of calling to shepherd the flock of God entrusted to his care, Michael longs to see people become passionate followers of Jesus Christ. His hobbies include long-distance running, golf and hunting.

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