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Gospel of Matthew – The Pure in Heart

This week’s message will be entitled “The Pure in Heart” and is taken from Matthew 5:8. We return yet again to our study of the beatitudes with this very stirring proclamation that men may see God. What a truth to ponder! But we do not always have such undivided attention and a heart that truly believes, what is it that we can do to nurture a pure heart? What has God provided for us that we might be single-minded? Our sermon will be comprised of the following 4 subdivisions, part 4 will also include 3 practical suggestions:

  1. Jesus’ Progressive Ordering of Things
  2. What is Purity?
  3. The Heart of Man – Stone or Flesh?
  4. Thanks be to God!

Public reading: Psalm 24; Benediction: 2 Peter 1:2-3

Matthew 5:2-8

And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. (ESV)

Psalm 24

24:1 The earth is the Lord‘s and the fullness thereof,
the world and those who dwell therein,
for he has founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the rivers.

Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
And who shall stand in his holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who does not lift up his soul to what is false
and does not swear deceitfully.
He will receive blessing from the Lord
and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
Such is the generation of those who seek him,
who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah

Lift up your heads, O gates!
And be lifted up, O ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord, strong and mighty,
the Lord, mighty in battle!
Lift up your heads, O gates!
And lift them up, O ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is this King of glory?
The Lord of hosts,
he is the King of glory! Selah (ESV)

2 Peter 1:2-3

May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, (ESV)