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St. Peter’s Church                  Ardingly   West Sussex

Live for Christ, advance the Gospel

 

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This site has  been temporarily re-instated for technical reasons but will only be updated for the Services, the Magazine, and the Rector;s letter.

LENT 2017

THE BE ATTITUDESBLESSINGS TO APPLY IN DAILY LIFE

This year has been designated the Year of the Bible in the Diocese of Chichester and so as we journey through Lent this year, we’re going to be taking a closer look at some of the most famous words in the New Testament: Jesus’ opening words to the Sermon on the Mount that we now call ‘The Beatitudes’ [Matthew 5: 3 – 10].  

They are, I believe, some of the most significant words ever spoken.  In appearance, they may seem deceptively simple, perhaps even a little strange, but in effect, they are pure gold.  The Beatitudes describe attitudes [Be-attitudes] that are vital to a healthy and thriving relationship with God.  But they also serve as a very good tool for self-examination.  As we look at these basic characteristics of authentic Christianity we need to be asking ourselves: “Does this describe me?”  

If the answer to that is a doleful, negative shake of the head, then perhaps we need to pursue God with a renewed purpose and pray that he will develop these attitudes, these BE-attitudes, in our life.  And what better time to be doing that than in the season of Lent?

Jesus begins his Sermon on the Mount with The Beatitudes and he ends it in Matthew 7 describing three important truths about authentic Christianity.  Firstly, that a Christian should be recognized by the fruit that they bear for God [Matthew 7: 15 – 20].  Secondly, that doing “God’s work” does not get you into heaven only knowing Jesus Christ will [Matthew 7: 21 – 23].  And then thirdly, that foolish men and women hear the word of God and don’t apply it to their lives.  Wise men and women hear God’s word and do apply it to their lives [Matthew 7: 24 – 27].  

What’s your attitude?  Do you apply the word of God to your daily life, or just hear it and go on your way?  Why not join us this Lent and give it some more thought.  Beginning in the church at the service for Ash Wednesday on 1st March, and then each Sunday from 8th March through to 2nd April and over lunch as well – for a ‘theological munch’ – on three Wednesdays.  See the service details in this magazine for full information.

 

THE EIGHT BEATITUDES OF JESUS

FROM THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT

MATTHEW 5: 3 - 10

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

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

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

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

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

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

10  “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.