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A ttitudes and actions that garner God’s blessings. What is this series about? An examination of 21 attitudes and behaviors identified in the New Testament as “blessed” A look at Christian conduct and characteristics that will enrich our lives with lasting joy

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What is this series about?

    • An examination of 21 attitudes and behaviors identified in the New Testament as “blessed”
    • A look at Christian conduct and characteristics that will enrich our lives with lasting joy
    • A look at the condition of those who lack these qualities
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Outline (Matthew 5:4)

    • “Blessed are those who mourn”
    • What we should mourn
    • “For they shall be comforted”
    • The cursed life
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Blessed are those who mourn (Matt. 5:4)

    • Mourn (Greek pentheo)
      • Lament, sorrow, wailing, grief
      • Strongest Greek word for grief, as in the sorrow one feels when a loved one dies
      • The kind of grief that takes such a hold of man that it cannot be hidden or contained…brings ache to the heart and unrestrainable tears to the eyes (2 Cor. 2:4)
      • The sorrow you feel when a loved one dies is the same sorrow you should feel over sin
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What are we mourning about?

    • Our own sins (Matt. 26:75; 2 Cor. 7:8-11)
    • Saints who sin and do not repent (2 Cor. 12:21)
    • The lost condition of sinners (Rom. 9:2-3; Phil. 3:18)
  • Mourning over sin should motivate us to act
    • David confessed, found forgiveness (Ps. 32:3-5)
    • “What shall we do?” (Acts 2:22-23,36-37)
      • Repent and be baptized for forgiveness! (Acts 2:38)
      • “perform deeds appropriate to repentance” (Acts 26:20)
      • “made sorrowful to the point of repentance…without regret, leading to salvation” (2 Cor. 7:9-10)
    • Do not delay…act before it is everlasting too late!
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For they shall be comforted (Matthew 5:4)

    • “God Who comforts the depressed” (2 Cor. 7:6)
    • Comfort of God’s grace (2 Thess. 2:16-17)
    • Comfort of forgiveness (Psalm 32:5-7)
    • Comfort of God’s Word (Isa. 61:1-3/Luke 4:16-21)
    • Comfort of Christ’s return (John 16:19-22)
    • Comfort of the resurrection (1 Thess. 4:13-18)
    • Comfort of heaven (Rev. 21:3-4)
    • We have great comfort in knowing what is to come!
    • The unrepentant are hardened and cursed by sin…
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The cursed life

    • The opposite of mourning: delighting in wickedness
    • “their god is their appetite…glory in their shame…set their minds on earthly things” (Phil. 3:19)
    • Sinners enjoy comfort in this life, but suffering in the afterlife (Luke 6:24-25; 16:25)
    • Their repentance is merely regret over worldly things
      • “sorrow of the world produces death” (2 Cor. 7:10)
      • Esau mourned too late (Heb. 12:16-17)
    • Rather than mourning, some are hardened by the deceitfulness of sin (Heb. 3:13)
    • Those who refuse to repent cannot be forgiven (Heb. 6:4-6)
    • They have forfeited their souls for pleasure (Matt.16:26)
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Summary

    • To be blessed, we must see our sin as God sees it
    • The one who mourns his sin will find God’s blessings
    • The one who repents will be comforted
    • The one who refuses to regret his sin, and instead delights in wickedness, will be cursed
    • Blessed are those who mourn,
    • for they shall be comforted!
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Believe in Jesus Christ (John 14:1; Acts 16:30-34)

    • That He died for your sins and was resurrected (1 Cor. 15:3-4)
  • Repent of your past sins (Acts 17:30; 2 Peter 3:9)
    • Commit yourself to holy conduct (Acts 26:30; Titus 2:11-12)
  • Confess your faith (Matthew 10:32)
    • Declare your belief that Jesus is God’s Son (Acts 8:37)
  • Receive Baptism (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:41; Acts 8:12)
    • Baptism puts you into Christ (Romans 6:3-5; Galatians 3:27)
    • Baptism is for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16)
    • Baptism saves you (1 Peter 3:21)
  • Be faithful until death (Revelation 2:10)
    • Trust His grace and obey His commands (Hebrews 5:9)
  • Or face the retribution due to those who do not obey
    • 2 Thessalonians 1:8; Romans 2:8; John 3:36
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Pray without ceasing…Practice what Jesus preached…Prepare for our next assembly