Throughout Lent we have discovered the sermon on the mount, ending with the beatitudes with the climax of Easter upon us let's take a look at what all of this means for us, not only once a year, but each day of our lives.
Jesus turns our understanding of the world and structures of power and control upside down. As humans we are very much stuck in a worldview of tribalism. We have our tribes and we must protect it at all costs, no matter what the means to those other tribes around us. But Jesus calls us into a reality where power is no longer centralized in violence and self interest, but in compassion, love, and selflessness.
In your life groups read the beatitudes in Matthew 5 and discuss these questions.
- How do the eight Beatitudes relate to the promises that follow them?
- How would you describe the opposite of each quality?
- Is Jesus describing who his followers are? Or prescribing what they must do?
- Who do you admire as a good example of meekness? How do they model humility?
- In what ways do you try to be a peacemaker?
- How are these Beatitudes related to being salt and light?
- How do these qualities represent the opposite of what the world thinks are great qualities?