Sunday Bulletin
March 5, 2023

Matthew 5:3-11ESV

The Blessed Life: Mercy


Matthew 5:7–11, Luke 6:36, Micah 6:8, Matthew 9:13

Mercy Has Changed My Condition So I Can Change Another’s Condition. 

Have mercy, see the need and meet the need.

Matthew 9:36, Matthew 25:42–43

Have mercy, forgive as you have been forgiven.

Ephesians 4:32–5:2, Matthew 18:21–22, Matthew 18:33–35

What forgiving is: a willingness to move on from an injustice you went through. To cancel the debt owed to you.

Matthew 6:14

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you,

Forgiveness is freedom with boundaries. 

1. Start by praying for that person. 

2. Ask God to help you. 

3. Try, try, and try again. 

"A blessing is the projection of good into the life of another." (Dallas Willard)

S.O.A.P Discussion Guide

SCRIPTURE: Take time reading and allow God to speak to you. When you are done, look for a verse that particularly spoke to you that day, and write it in your journal.


23. THE MERCIFUL (Matthew 5:7)

The meaning of mercy—compassion, kindness, charity, goodness, devotion, tenderness, and helpfulness


A. Saw the multitudes

(Lift up your eyes and look! Many are in need of mercy)

B. Moved with compassion

(His heart was moved as He saw lost humanity)

C. Fainted

(Weak and buffeted, and lead astray by Satan)

D. Scattered

(There are people everywhere who need this mercy shown to them)

E. Sheep with no shepherd

(Compassion of sheep and people—Isa. 53:6)


A. Mercy for the unwanted—Mark 1:41

(The leper who was unclean was helped by Jesus)

B. Mercy for the unlovely—John 4:1–24

(The woman taken in adultery—mercy shown to her)

C. The words of David—Ps. 142:4, “No man cared for my soul”

D. God has shown his mercy to you, now He wants us to show mercy toward others

 III. MERCY FOR THE SICK—Matt. 25:34–36

A. Hungry, gave me meat

B. Thirsty, gave me drink

C. Stranger, took me in

D. Naked, ye clothed me

E. Sick, ye visited me

F. Prison, ye came unto me

These six classes are typical of the world today. Each class is included. These people need mercy shown unto them


A. Suffering mentally

(These people need special mercy shown unto them)

B. Suffering physically

(A kind word, a visit shows mercy to these)

C. Suffering bereavement

(Show mercy by giving the hope we have in Christ)

D. Suffering loneliness

(Christ will never leave or forsake us)

E. Suffering discouragement

(Show mercy by giving encouragement)


What do you think God is saying to you in this scripture? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you.


Personalize what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this scripture can apply to you today.


This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this scripture, or even a prayer for a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two-way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say! Now, write it out.

What attitude will you have?

1.  What did the Lord whisper to you as you read these passages… Was there a specific thing you felt conviction over?

2. Do I have a heart to show mercy to those I disagree with or who have hurt me?

“You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.”              Philippians 2:5

Elder Nominees

The elder nominees are listed below in alphabetical order. Please read and prayerfully consider each nominee in preparation for the Annual Meeting on Sunday, March 12th, following each service. All of the nominees are able to serve a 3-year Elder term.

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