Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Group or personal study: Matthew 5:10-12

For the next few months (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday), I am going to present a small class Bible study looking over Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. 

Group/private Study

Study

QUESTION: Can you name a historical person who tried to do good and was mistreated for it?

Last week you were told people do not always like people who are doing good. This week Jesus talks about it.

Matthew 5:10-12
“God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way

QUESTION: Jesus talked about facing persecution (being mistreated/falsely accused) for being His follower, but how did he tell us to react?

QUESTION: Why does Jesus say we can be happy?

QUESTION: Can you finish this old statement: “Don’t get made, get _________.” (answer “even”)

Getting even is what most people want to do. However, as we can see that is not Jesus’ way. He asks us to be happy about it and to remember God is going to reward us when we are persecuted.

No this is not easy and without Jesus in our lives, it will probably be impossible, but it is how we are supposed to live. It is not right that people treat good people badly, but it is real. Jesus never told anyone following him would be easy. Jesus actually warned people following him would be hard, but it would be worth it.

Let’s end by looking at what Jesus said in John 16:1-4a
“I have told you these things so that you won’t abandon your faith. For you will be expelled from the synagogues, and the time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing a holy service for God. This is because they have never known the Father or me. Yes, I’m telling you these things now, so that when they happen, you will remember my warning.

Other Scriptures for study: 2 Timothy 3:12; Matthew 24:9

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