Kingdom Living pt. 1 (5/12/24)

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Main Point: Jesus communicates what life in His Kingdom looks like.

Scripture Emphasis: Matthew 5:1-2
Matthew 5:1–2 ESV
Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
The past few months we have been figuring out how to have “JOY” in the Journey, and to help us find that joy we have been looking to the book of Romans. So far in Romans we have found that there’s a problem in humanity called sin. This sin problem has infected each and every person. (Romans 3:23) However, we have been given a solution to this sin problem through Jesus Christ. (Romans 3:24) We find out that through the death of Jesus Christ, we are “justified”-a big Theological term that simply means that we are declared righteous. This declaration of righteousness comes only through faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 4:23-24) When God looks at us, he no longer sees us as guilty, but as innocent. But Paul continues to show that this new status given to us through faith in Jesus is meant to lead us into a new life. (Romans 6:11-12) We have died to sin. The Greek word for dead is “nekros” which has a really profound meaning…dead. Pastor Tate has been showing us this picture of what our new life in Christ looks like. (Show Paul makes it very clear, we no longer have to sin. We have power and victory over it. We have “died” to it, and dead means dead, no life. Paul says that in Christ we have a “new” life in Christ, the old life is “gone” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
So if we have been given this new life through Christ, how do we live it? If our old life is gone, and a new one is here, then what does that new life look like?
To answer that question, we will take a slight detour from the book of Romans and jump over to the book of Matthew. We will be looking at Jesus’ words in the Sermon on The Mount (Matthew 5-7).
But to fully grasp what Jesus is saying in his sermon, we need to first understand the context within which he’s speaking. There are four chapters before this sermon, speech starts, and we will briefly look at them.
In Matthew 1, we see an extremely detailed genealogy of Jesus, and the phrases “son of David” and “son of Abraham” show up. -the one who is most known for his covenant with God, the one from which God’s blessing would come.