Beatitudes

Week One Questions (“Blessed are the poor in spirit…“)

  • What are some thoughts, insights, or questions that come to your mind from this morning’s message on the first beatitude: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven?
  • How does the first beatitude go against the grain of common sense?
  • What is the opposite of being “poor in spirit?” What might that kind of person need to learn from this first beatitude?
  • Why do you think this beatitude is listed first? Do you think there may be any significance to that?
  • What would ministry in a local church setting look like when it is seen through the lens of the first beatitude?
  • When considering the first beatitude, what might be God’s specific challenge to you on a personal level?

Week Two Questions (“Blessed are those who mourn…“)

  • What are some thoughts, insights, or questions that come to your mind from this morning’s message on the first beatitude: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted”?
  • People who never grieve, sorrow, or suffer have little capacity for experiencing the full richness of the goodness and grace of God.” Do you agree with this statement? How has grief, sorrow, or suffering deepened your own experience of God?
  • “Compassion” literally means shared suffering. When have you been the recipient of someone else’s compassion? How did it lighten your load?
  • What implications of Jesus’ death on the cross (and his call upon us to take up our own cross) are there for followers of Jesus when it comes to our relationship with suffering and pain?
  • What does it mean to “lament”? When might it be appropriate to offer a lament unto God?
  • What would ministry in a local church setting look like when it is seen through the lens of the first beatitude?
  • When considering the second beatitude, what might be God’s specific challenge to you on a personal level?