Summary: As Jesus began the Sermon on the Mount, he looked at his disciples and began teaching them about core values that would be necessary for the journey

Climbing Higher: “Checking Your Gear”

Matthew 5:3-12

Ten Essentials for a Safe and Pleasant Hike

• Eat a good breakfast.

• Tell someone where you're going.

• Get a weather report.

• Bring a compass, a map, and a guidebook.

• Bring a light source.

• Bring a first aid kit.

• Bring plenty of water.

• Carry out what you carry in.

• Stop and smell the flowers.

1. The Backpack. (3)

a. My attitude toward self.

b. Poor in spirit = humble; a correct estimate of ourselves

i. Know yourself.

ii. Accept yourself.

iii. Be yourself.

c. Matthew 11:28, 30 says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

2. The Boots. (4-6)

a. My attitude toward my sin.

i. Mourn, not over death, but lost innocence.

ii. Meekness is not weakness. It is strength under control.

iii. Hungry and thirsty people look to be filled.

b. Isaiah 57:15 says, “For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.”

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