Discussion and Application Questions for Group Life Communities and Personal Study-
We encourage you to use the observe, interpret, apply method of studying the scriptures. Your own observations, questions and application will serve you the best as you dig into the text. The following questions are giving as tools for you to make your own personal discoveries and action steps. Share your thoughts with others.
-What stands out to you in the whole body of Jesus' teaching in these verses?
-Which of the beatitudes are you most drawn to?
-What is a peacemaker? Who is a modern example of a peacemaker?
-Why do you think Jesus selected the specific topics for these beatitudes?
-Do you think beatitudes are statements of present practice or do they represent the blessing you receive if you practice them in the future? Or both?
-How do these statements relate to the call of Jesus to love God and others?
-If you were to write a Beatitude based on your present walk with Jesus, what would it be? ‘Blessed are the…… or Flourishing are the……’
-Which of the qualities for you most need attention and practice this week? Why?
-Who do you know that might benefit from the things you are learning from Jesus in this passage?
Pray that you may put into practice the key ideas you are learning from this passage. May you be obedient as you live out your faith this week.
Check in with at least one other person from your group to see how they are practicing the words of Jesus this week.
Next Session --Matthew 5:21-48 ‘Making Enemies or Loving Them'
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