The Blessing of Brokenness

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  • Last week I started a study of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) in our midweek services at Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church.

    The first section of the message records the Beatitudes of Jesus (Matt. 5:3-12), in which Jesus announces those who exhibit certain kingdom attributes blessed.

    Last week, we studied the first beatitude on “the poor in spirit” (Matt. 5:3). Last night, the blessing Jesus announces on those who “mourn” (Matt. 5:4).

    Here is the sermon skeleton from last night’s message.

    TITLE: “The Blessing of Brokenness”

    TEXT: Matthew 5:4

    SERMON SERIES: The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7)

    THEME: The blessedness of godly sorrow

    POINT: God blesses those who mourn.


    Consider what Jesus teaches in Matthew 5:4 about the sorrow and the comfort of the mourners.

    I. The sorrow of the mourners (5:4a)

    A. The place of natural sorrow

    1. Natural sorrow can be evil.

    2. Natural sorrow can be beneficial.

    B. The priority of spiritual sorrow

    II. The comfort of the mourners (5:4b)

    A. God comforts the mourners through repentance of sin.

    B. God comforts the mourners through faith in Jesus Christ.

    1. Christ comforts believers by his atoning blood.

    2. Christ comforts believers by his Holy Spirit.

    H.B. Charles Jr.

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