Spirit and Truth: 3/3/13

Worship in Song

“May Your Power Rest On Me” by Joel Gerdis, Eddy Morris, and Neil Robins

It is a certainty in the Christian life that we will suffer. Our Savior came and He suffered unto the point of death. Paul writes in Romans that just as Jesus suffered we will suffer with Him as fellow heirs (Rom. 8:17). Our assurance in these times of suffering, persecution, and trials is the same assurance that Jesus gave Paul when he said “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (1 Cor. 12:9).

Let me hear my Savior say
“Your strength shall return”
Then I’ll rejoice in my weakness
As I lean on your grace.

“The Solid Rock” by Edward Mote and William Bradbury

The author of Hebrews tells us that our hope in Christ serves as an anchor for our soul. And, as we suffer, “we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us” (Heb. 6:18-19).

When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil

Sermon Text

Matthew 5:2-12

We’ve been working our way through The Beatitudes from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew 5. This week we’ll focus on verses 10-12: “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

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