Here are a number of questions for discussion in families or in Redemption Community small groups. For more information about RCs, click here.
1. If you heard somebody say, “I’m so blessed,” but didn’t know any other information, what would you assume they had recently experienced?
2. How have you experienced non-Christians using parts of the Sermon on the Mount to evaluate the authenticity of Christians?
3. The Beatitudes run counter to what we’d typically think. Which of these contrasts most grabbed your attention?
Kingdom of the World
Kingdom of Jesus
|v. 3||Blessed are the self-confident, for they can accomplish anything.||Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.|
|v. 4||Blessed are the excited, for they’re doing awesome!||Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.|
|v. 5||Blessed are those who do what they have to do to win, for they’re unstoppable.||Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.|
|v. 6||Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for success, for they will get it.||Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.|
|v. 7||Blessed are those who get even, for nobody can push them around.||Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.|
|v. 8||Blessed are those who look good, for they will impress others.||Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.|
|v. 9||Blessed are those who stir up the action, for they get lots of attention.||Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.|
|v. 10||Blessed are the safe, for they will be comfortable.||Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.|
4. How do you feel and respond when you realize you’re out of line with how Jesus describes the blessed life?