A Blessed Life, Part 5, Oct 23, 2011

Acts 20:31-35, Deut. 28:1-20
– do you want to live a more blessed life? Be generous with more than just your money, but with your love, kindness, patience, and everything God’s given you.

Truths about New Testament giving – 2 Cor. 8:1-14
– it’s a grace (v.1-6)
– it can be exercised during poverty (v.2)
– it’s a form of fellowship (v.4)
– it should be proceeded by the dedication of self (v.5)

Purposes in giving
– to abound in all aspects of Christian experience (v.7)
– to prove the reality of one’s love (v.8)
– to imitate Christ (v.9)
– to help meet the needs of others (v.14)

Blessed life people:
1. start with the first fruit tithe (Jesus affirmed tithe and said it should not be neglected) Matt. 23:23, 6:24 – Tithing also helps defeat the control of money over your life.
2. give generously (Prov. 11:24-25, 2 Cor. 6:6)
3. give freely (Matt. 10:8, Luke 6:38)
4. give cheerfully (2 Cor. 9:7)
5. give sacrificially (2 Sam. 24:24, 23:13-17)

A Blessed Life, Part 3b (4), Oct 16, 2011

Matt 5:3-12
– the beatitudes – supreme blessedness or happiness, Godly contentment
– they’re all inter-related
– poor in spirit – convicted of our own spiritual poverty (Luke 18:13)
– mourn – do so in a specific sense: over one’s own spiritual poverty, one’s sinfulness (Ps. 51:3-4)
– meek – gentle, easy to be entreated, would rather suffer injury than inflict it (Ex. 32:19-20,30-34,Num.12:1-3)
– merciful – loving towards those in misery – good samaritan (Luke 23:24, Acts 7:60), forgiving those who’ve sinned against them
– pure in heart – honesty which has no hidden motive or selfish interest (Ps. 24:3-4)
– peace maker – devote their lives to make peace (Rom. 12:18-21,5:1)
– persecuted for righteousness sake