Updated: Sep 6, 2020
"1 Seeing the crowds, He went up on the mountain, and when He sat down, His disciples came to Him. 2 And He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. 5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. 6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. 7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. 8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. 9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. 10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you." (Matthew 5:1-12, ESV)
“All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Happiness is the motive of every action of every man, even of those who hang themselves.” (Blaise Pascal, French Philosopher)
“1 Seeing the crowds, He went up on the mountain, and when He sat down, His disciples came to Him. 2 And He opened His mouth and taught them…"
“28 And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at His teaching, 29 for He was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes” (Matthew 7:28-29, ESV)
v.4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted”
“3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction…” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4, ESV)
"1 Seeing the crowds, He went up on the mountain, and when He sat down, His disciples came to Him. 2 And He opened His mouth and taught them…”
“Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38, ESV)
LIFEGROUP NOTES SESSION 3
BREAKTHROUGH: THE BEATITUDES
As Jesus starts the Sermon on the Mount, he begins to lay the foundations of a radical way of living, a counter cultural outlook on life. In the beatitudes, Jesus reminds us that our salvation is not based on how we live or what we do, but instead of God's grace in our lives. These qualities he lists are not simply good things we should do, but instead are a response to the grace God shows us in salvation. Jesus unpacks how God defines "the good life," turning our way of living in the world upside down.
BIBLE STUDY NOTES Matthew 5:1:12
What does it mean to be blessed by God?
How does my life currently reflect the way God intended our lives to be lived?