Promises in the Beatitudes

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Matthew 5

(verses 1, 2) “Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. (ESV)

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  1. The poor in spirit – given the kingdom of Heaven
  2. Those who mourn – shall be comforted
  3. Those who are meek – inherit the earth
  4. Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness – will be satisfied
  5. Those who are merciful – will receive mercy
  6. Those who are pure in heart – will see God
  7. Those who are peacemakers – will be children of God
  8. Those who are persecuted – rewarded with Heaven

Heidelberg Catechism 27 & 28

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Matthew 6: 25 – 34; Luke 3: 22 – 34

(Luke 12: 32) Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. (ESV)

Question 27. What dost thou mean by the providence of God?
Answer. The almighty and everywhere present power of God; whereby, as it were by his hand, he upholds and governs heaven, earth, and all creatures; so that herbs and grass, rain and drought, fruitful and barren years, meat and drink, health and sickness, riches and poverty, yea, and all things come, not by chance, but by his fatherly hand.

Question 28. What advantage is it to know that God has created, and by his providence doth still uphold all things?
Answer. That we may be patient in adversity; thankful in prosperity; and that in all things, which may hereafter befall us, we place our firm trust in our faithful God and Father, that nothing shall separate us from his love; since all creatures are so in his hand, that without his will they cannot so much as move.

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The works of God

  1. God is in control – directly, powerfully, completely
  2. God is our Father – His children, His hand, His love
  3. God is worthy – of patience in adversity, of thankfulness if things go well, of confidence in the future

The Beatitudes 8

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Matthew 5

(verses 10 – 12) “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (ESV)

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Persecution

  1. The ways of persecution
  2. The pain of persecution
  3. The certainty of persecution
  4. The reasons for persecution

The Beatitudes 1 – 7

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Matthew 5

(verses 1, 2) Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying – (ESV)

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Disciples described

  1. The poor in spirit (verse 3)
  2. Those who mourn (verse 4)
  3. The meek (verse 5)
  4. Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (verse 6)
  5. The merciful (verse 7)
  6. The pure in heart (verse 8)
  7. The peacemakers (verse 9)

Heidelberg Catechism 26

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Ephesians 3

(verse 3, 4) Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever. Amen. (ESV)

Question 26.

What believest thou when thou sayest, “I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth”?
Answer. That the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (who of nothing made heaven and earth, with all that is in them; who likewise upholds and governs the same by his eternal counsel and providence) is for the sake of Christ his Son, my God and my Father; on whom I rely so entirely, that I have no doubt, but he will provide me with all things necessary for soul and body: and further, that he will make whatever evils he sends upon me, in this valley of tears turn out to my advantage; for he is able to do it, being Almighty God, and willing, being a faithful Father.

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God the Father

  1. An eternal Father
  2. A creator Father
  3. A sovereign Father
  4. Our Father

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

1 Corinthians 15

(verses 3 – 5) For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. (ESV)

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  1. A questioned truth
  2. A scriptural truth
  3. A historical truth
  4. A saving truth

Heidelberg Catechism 24 & 25

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Romans 8

(verse 3, 4) For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. (ESV)

Question 24. How are these articles divided?
Answer. Into three parts: the first is of God the Father, and our creation; the second of God the Son, and our redemption; the third of God the Holy Ghost, and our sanctification.

Question 25. Since there is but one only divine essence, why speakest thou of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost?
Answer. Because God hath so revealed himself in his word, that these three distinct persons are the one only true and eternal God.

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The doctrine of the Trinity

  1. The unity of God – Shema, One LORD, Jehovah is different, divine interdependence
  2. The word of God – The Bible is what God says of Himself, Christ is the theme/centre, necessary, mysterious, God’s final revelation
  3. The work of God – creation, redemption, sanctification

Repentance

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Hosea 5: 15 – 7: 16

(chapter 5: 15 – 6: 3) I will return again to my place, until they acknowledge their guilt and seek my face, and in their distress earnestly seek me. “Come, let us return to the Lord; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him. Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.” (ESV)

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  1. Repentance requires the work of God – God has to withdraw, purpose to acknowledge sin and seek God’s face, discipline torn and struck
  2. Repentance requires confession before God – acknowledge sin and guilt, acknowledge experienced distress
  3. Repentance requires a returning to God – earnest, personal, persistent
  4. Repentance requires faith in God – restoration, renewal, returning, resurrection