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SERMON OUTLINE: “Happiness Is…”                                           November 2, 2014

Happiness is all too often equated with enjoyment, amusement, self-satisfaction, personal fulfillment.  We in America feel that we have an inalienable right to be happy, regardless of the fact that true happiness is not something that can be pursue, captured, and made to serve us.

Matt. 5-7 is Jesus’ formula for perfect happiness—not the vulgar pursuit of happiness we Americans consider a worthy material pursuit.  Jesus introduces us to authentic blessedness, total contentment of body, mind and spirit.

Jesus began His now famous “sermon” with 8 simply ways to have a blessed life, a truly happy life.  We call them the Beatitudes.  Some have referred to them as the “Blessed Attitudes.”

How might we, then, live out these 8 keys to real happiness in this often unpredictable fractured world of ours?  The answer is close to what St. Paul wrote in Philippians 2:  “Have the same attitude in you that was in Christ Jesus” (v.5).
Know that heaven is you home, the place where you heart’s desires should be.
 
 
 
 
 Happiness flows out of a genuine grief over our sins.


Blessed attitudes cause us to put others ahead of ourselves.


Real happiness comes from an insatiable desire to live by faith, not in pursue of the counterfeit charms of this world.


Happiness comes from sharing.

Happiness comes from a heart totally committed to God
                                                                                                          
                                     
Blessed happiness follows upon making peace on all levels of our lives.


Happiness flows out of accepting and rejoicing in living and acting radically different from the world around us—to the extent that the world will hate us for our Christ-attitude.


“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven…” (Matt. 5:11-12)






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