“It is immediately apparent that if the implication of the fifth beatitude were put into practice with greater zeal and consistency the preaching of the gospel would be far more effective! What a blessing for mankind this would be!” – William Hendriksen, The Gospel of Matthew, p. 276
Here is the sermon skeleton from Sunday’s message:
Sermon Title: “A Conspiracy of Kindness”
Text: Matthew 5:7
Theme: The blessedness of being merciful
Point: God blesses those who are merciful.
I. The blessedness of mercy extended (5:7a)
A. The definition of mercy: compassion in action.
B. The demonstration of mercy
1. How: The manner of mercy
* It is to be practical (Matt. 25:31-46).
* It is to be continual.
* It is to be humble (Matt. 6:1-4).
2. When: The moments of mercy
* When the hurting need sympathy.
* When the poor need generosity.
* When the guilty need forgiveness.
II. The blessedness of mercy experienced (5:7b)
A. This is not a legalistic blessing.
B. This is a midway blessing.
1. We are merciful because we have received mercy.
2. We are merciful because we will receive mercy.