You Are The Light Of The World, Jan. 11-17

Matthew 5:1-16

Outline

God will bless you
           (now and in eternity)

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.
4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.
10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.

 

God will reward you
            (even when people mistreat you)

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you and say all kinds of evil things about you
falsely on account of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad because your reward is great in heaven, for they
persecuted the prophets before you in the same way.

 

God will use you to help others honor him
            (if you shine)

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its flavor, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer
good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled on by people. 14 You are the light of the world.
A city located on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 People do not light a lamp and put it under a basket but on a
lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before people, so
that they can see your good deeds and give honor to your Father in heaven.

 

Group Discussion Questions

1. Have you set any New Year’s resolutions? Why or why not? If you have, what are they? What do you think are the most popular resolutions for 2015?
2. As we enter into this new study, what are your thoughts, feelings and questions about The Sermon on the Mount? What are your hopes for this study?
3. What does it mean to be “blessed” by God? Why is that valuable or important to you?
4. Read through the eight beatitudes and pick a few to discuss at greater length using the following questions:

a. How has this beatitude been misunderstood or how could it be misconstrued?
b. What does it mean as Jesus intends it?
c. What is the blessing promised and why is that blessing of value?
d. How could you better establish this quality in your life, such as being poor in spirit or pure in heart?

5. How can a person rejoice and be glad when they are insulted and persecuted for Christ?
6. How are the metaphors of salt and light related? What is Jesus’ point?
7. How can we better shine our lights? To whom?

 

Family Discussion

  1. What does the word blessing mean to you? What are some of the ways you would say you are blessed?
  2. Read Matthew 5:1-16. What strikes you as strange about this passage of scripture?
  3. What rewards does Jesus promise to those people listed in verses 3–11? Are there any of these people that you understand better than others?
  4. Is there one or two of these “beatitudes” you could work on to improve in your life? What would it look like to your friends and family?
  5. What does the word persecution mean? Can you think of some people that are persecuted today? How are Christians persecuted for their beliefs, both around the world and here in America?
  6. What does verse 11 say about the reward for those who are persecuted because of their belief in Jesus? What do you imagine this might look like?
  7. What does salt do to food? What does a light do? How are Christians salt and light to the world?
  8. Review the lyrics to the song, “This little light of mine.” What does the light represent? What does Jesus tell us to do and not to do with our light? How can you let your light shine for Jesus?

 

 

 

 

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