Friday, January 13, 2017

Matthew 5:1-3

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

Read Matthew 5:1-3
 One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him, and he began to teach them.
 “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, 
for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount has been called the greatest sermon ever preached. It has also been recognized as Jesus’ principles for the kingdom he was establishing. Its messages are both simple and impossible (without God’s help).

The beginning of the message has been called the “Beatitudes.”  They contain the attitudes everyone needs to have if they are going to be blessed (made happy/joyful) by God. The promises are both for life on earth and for the life after death/heaven. God’s blessing can be felt now for those who have the right attitude and certainly in the next life.

Jesus first beatitude is to the poor in spirit. This has nothing to do with the amount of money you have, it has everything to do with how you see yourself.
Solomon in the book of Proverbs said, “the poverty of the poor is their destruction” (Proverbs 10:15).

How can this be good? (Gather response without criticism)

Being spiritually poor is good because only those who realize they are poor, and destruction is coming will ask for help. If you think you are rich spiritually(you don’t need saving) then you won’t ask God for help.

Let’s be honest, how many times has an adult asked if you need help and you refused because you thought you could do it? (gather responses or ask for a raise of hands)

When you finally realize, you can’t do something yourself and you humble enough to admit it, then you ask for help. This is true when it comes to our spiritual life. When we realize, we are poor then we can be blessed.

The first step to living in Jesus' Kingdom is to realize you can’t do it without Jesus.

Other scriptures:
Romans 3:23; 6:23, 10:9-10
Ephesians 2:8-9

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