The Preacher:

After accepting Christ at the age of 13, Benjamin Chew studied medicine and graduated in 1929 from King Edward VII College of Medicine in Singapore, where he is associated with The United Pharmacy Ltd. An elder of Bethesda (Katong), a Brethren assembly, since 1947, he was appointed a minister of religion of the State of Singapore and is active as a Bible teacher and preacher. He heads the Directors of Singapore Youth for Christ, is advisor to the Malaya Evangelistic Fellowship, and is part-time lecturer in the Singapore Theological Seminary.

The Text:

Matthew 5:3–12

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

The Sermon:

Many of us in Singapore and Malaya are familiar with the traditional Chinese New Year greeting with its threefold meaning of congratulations, happiness, and prosperity. This particular expression we find nine times in what are commonly called the Beatitudes, a passage which introduces the Sermon on the Mount. The word blessed has ...

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