The Beatitudes – 1 – Poverty of Spirit
Poverty of spirit is square one for Christians – the bedrock attitude. Do we have it? Do we value it? How can we become poor in spirit?
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In the introduction to this series, recently, we laid out some observations. The first one was that the beatitudes are not just a warmup for the Sermon on the Mount, but they are core instruction, out of which everything else flows. The beatitudes were delivered to the disciples, preparing them for church leadership. So this is the fundamental stuff of Christian life and success with God. They are kingdom skills. Each one is the foundation of the one before. We posited that. In other words, they are steps for growth and each one must be accomplished before the next one can be undertaken. They are also seven attitudes that define Godly character in human beings. And we also said that we believe that each one has a connection to the holy days – seven holy days, seven beatitudes.
Let’s go to Matthew 5 and read the first one.