The Poor in Spirit

The Poor in Spirit

Overview of the Sermon on the Mount

Welcome to this first installment of our new teaching series on the Sermon on the Mount – arguably the most famous message ever preached.  Permit me to offer a brief outline.

  • Matthew 5:3-16 – The Beatitudes – to focus on who we are, not what we do
  • Matthew 5:17-48 – The relationship of Jesus Christ to the law
  • Matthew 6 – Our relationship with God
  • Matthew 7 – Our relationship to Others

The first nine verses of Matthew Five are collectively referred to as “The Beatitudes” – which means extreme blessing.  The underlying Greek word conveys “Oh how happy.”    Each of the nine offer a statement of this happiness; then appends an outcome or reward for manifesting each behavior.  The nine look like this:

  • Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit
  • Blessed Are They that Mourn
  • Blessed Are the Meek
  • Blessed Are those who Hunger and Thirst after Righteousness
  • Blessed Are the Merciful
  • Blessed Are the Pure in Heart
  • Blessed Are the Peacemakers
  • Blessed when persecuted for Righteousness’ Sake
  • Blessed when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me

The first three speak to an emptying-out; of removing old patterns of living and are positioned to reflect the proper response to God.   As the video teaching will make clear, God cannot build up His children based upon faulty foundations of self-will.  He must clear out the old ways and construct a new foundation.  In summary the message carries these insights

  • Poor in spirit means not to make demands of God – but to feel unworthy and undeserving
  • Poor in spirit is a consciousness of our own sinfulness and spiritual need
  • The way to being poor in spirit is a choice

This is the message in today’s lesson.  Poor in Spirit means to shuck off the old ways and to turn fully to face ourselves and as a result, choose to follow more closely the Jesus Path.


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