A Conspiracy of Kindness

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  • “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.


    H.B. Charles Jr.

    Pastor-Teacher at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville and Orange Park, Florida.