The Joshua Victor Theory

Hungry and Thirsty for Righteousness

November 5, 2012

Sermon on Matthew 5:6 for All Saints' Day,  about what it is to be spiritually hungry, and what does and doesn't satisfy that hunger.

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  1. Matthew 5:6 says “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” How do we experience “hunger pangs” for righteousness? What is missing, that causes us to hunger for it?

  1. What do we long for in this life? Romans 8:18-25; Psalm 63. How will this hunger be satisfied?

  1. Describe the difference between civil (or ordinary) righteousness, and the true spiritual (extraordinary) righteousness that we have from God. Why does man’s own righteousness (civil), fall far short of God’s requirement? Romans 3:10-26; Matthew 5:17-20, 48; 6:1-4. What is “His righteousness” that is spoken of in Matthew 6:33? How will this kind of righteousness, the true spiritual righteousness, satisfy us?

  1. In what ways is a worship service like a Feast that God spreads before us? What is different about this kind of eating and drinking? What does it cost us? Isaiah 55:1-11.

  1. What is our spiritual drink? John 7:37-38; 4:10-15; 1 Peter 3:20-22; Titus 3:5-8. What is our spiritual food or bread? John 6:31-34; cf. 4:34. How is Jesus offered for us to eat in a unique way? Matthew 26:26-29.

  1. When we are spiritually satisfied in Christ, how does this overflow from us to others? John 7:38; 4:13-14; 6:27; 15:1-7.

  1. Though it cost Jesus’ His life to bring us this feast of spiritual blessings, it comes to us free, by His grace and love for us. And now He lives again to share His feast with us. How can we thank Him for all He has done?