Puyallup Nazarene Church
Loving Enough to Make Peace
Welcome to our exploration of the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5-7. Jesus' sermon invites us to engage in the good news he brings into our world. This is Jesus' prophetic vision. He looks at us and our brokenness and says, "I have come to create something new." Or in the words of the Lord in Isaiah 43.18-19, "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you see it?"
Locations & Times
  • Puyallup Nazarene Church
    1026 7th Ave SW, Puyallup, WA 98371, USA
    Saturday 5:30 PM
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In these present times, Jesus is LORD and his words carry weight with us.
Reviewing Matthew 1-5
Joyful are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (restorative justice), for they will be filled.
Joyful are those who practice compassion in action, for they will receive God's compassion.
"Joyful are those who seek God's will in all that they are and do, for they will see God."
"Joyful are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."
"Joyful are those who suffer because of righteousness (restorative justice), for theirs is the reign of God."
We are invited to participate in the Kingdom 'happening'--his love healing and restoring us all.
Discussion and Application Questions for Group Life Communities and Personal Study-

Matthew 5:3-12
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.

Observe -

-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?

Interpret -

-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?

Apply –

-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?

Follow up

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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