Gospel of Matthew | Day Three
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The Sermon on the Mount is by far the most famous sermon of all time. You’ve probably heard parts of it sprinkled throughout sermons, songs, and devotionals but you may never have read it all the way through. In the passage we’re going to read today, Jesus gives this famous sermon to a large crowd from atop a mountain and addresses all types of issues.
Ask God to open your heart and speak to you today through His Word.
Read Matthew 5:1-12.
Who wants to live a blessed life? All of us, right?
So when Jesus begins to list those who are blessed, of course, it’s going to make people lean in and listen.
What do you think that it means to be blessed?
What do you think that Jesus means by the word blessed? How does His definition of it differ from your own?
What does it mean to be poor in spirit?
Why are the poor in spirit blessed?
To be blessed, we have to know we have nothing to offer. Those who realize they are poor in spirit are blessed because they are the ones who are made rich in spirit by Jesus Christ.
Why are the humble blessed?
What does it mean to hunger and thirst for righteousness?
Why should we show mercy?
Read verse 10. Why are those who are persecuted for righteousness blessed?
Read verse 12. How can you be glad and rejoice in the face of persecution?
Read Matthew 5:13-16. What does it mean to be the salt and light in the world?
Rewrite verse 16 in your own words.
Read Matthew 5:17-20.
What is the difference between Christ coming to abolish the Law or Christ coming to fulfill the Law?
Read Matthew 5:21-32. Why is it not enough to not murder?
Why isn’t it enough to not commit adultery?
What is Jesus saying that He is more concerned with than our actions?
Read 1 Samuel 16:7. Why does God care more about our heart than our actions or our outward appearances?
Read Matthew 5:33-42. What does it mean for your ‘yes’ to be ‘yes’? Is it ever difficult to stand by your word? Why does it matter to Jesus?
Read Matthew 5:43-48. Practically, what would it look like to love your enemies?
What is stopping you from doing those things today?
Take a moment to set a goal to love someone who is hard to love today in a creative and unique way.