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Beatitude 1 Poor in Spirit

Each week we would like to offer some notes of quotes and Scripture references used in the Sunday message. Our hope is that we will use these tools to go deeper into the passage and series. As we journey together through the Bible may we be transformed as a church and individually by God’s Word.

Beatitude Series 1 Poor in Spirit by Doug Rumschlag 10.01.2017

Listen to Doug’s message:

Passage: Matthew 5:3

We will be looking at the portion of the Sermon on the Mount known as the Beatitudes for the next nine weeks. The Sermon on the Mount “portrays life and community under the gracious rule of God…life and life together under the rule of heaven” Doug Rumschlag

Doug used a quote by John Stott to describe what that life looks like:

[That life looks] “Different! Jesus emphasized that his true followers, the citizens of God’s kingdom, were to be entirely different from others. They were not to take their cue from people around them, but from him, and so prove to be genuine children of their heavenly Father…Their character was to be so completely distinct from that admired by the world (the Beatitudes).”

John Stott, Christian Counter-Culture: The Message of the Sermon on the Mount, 1978, p18.

As we move through the Beatitudes let’s remember that Doug described them as a ladder that builds on each other, not descriptions of characteristics held by different people. As Bob Utley, pastor and professor on, says, “they are like a ladder from salvation to Christlikeness.” Thus poor in spirit, the first Beatitude, is foundational to all the others.


Additional Scripture references Doug used to help us get a picture of what it is to be poor in spirit:

Isaiah 57:15; 66:2b

Psalm 57:1

Micah 6:8

Luke 18:9-17

Philippians 3:4b-9

Our next passage will be Matthew 5:4. on 10.08.2017. Take time to read it before the service.

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