…for those who follow the way

  1. Blessed are those who recognize their spiritual needs: the kingdom of heaven is prepared for them.
  2. Blessed are they that grieve over their sins and failures: for they shall be comforted and forgiven by God.
  3. Blessed are the meek whose power is disciplined and used with constraint: for they shall inherit the earth.
  4. Blessed are they that hunger and thirst to be made right and filled with God: for they shall be filled with God.
  5. Blessed are the merciful that extend grace and forgiveness to others: for they shall obtain mercy, grace and forgiveness for themselves.
  6. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
  7. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called sons of God.
  8. Blessed are they that have been persecuted for righteousness’ sake: the kingdom of heaven is prepared for them.
  9. Blessed are you when some shall accuse you, persecute you, and say all kinds of evil words against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: these same people also persecuted the prophets that were sent before you.

Declarations From God

…to those who follow the way

  1. Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt loses its taste, it is no longer of value to the food and those who eat. The only use it has is to be thrown outside and placed under peoples feet so they don’t slip.
  2. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is built on a hill cannot be hid. People don’t place lights in their houses and leave the switches off. They turn on the light so all who are in the house can see.
  3. Let people see your good works, so that they see that God your Father who lives in heaven also now lives in you.

The signposts are a paraphrase of what has often been referred to as the Beatitudes. They are found in the Scriptures in the book of Matthew chapter five. In almost all cases the phrases used are familiar from an Old Testament context, but in this sermon Jesus elevates them into new teachings. Together, the Beatitudes present a new set of ideals that focus on love and humility rather than force and exaction. They echo the highest ideals of the teachings of Jesus on mercy and compassion.