October 20, 2019
Matthew 5:1-12 (ESV)
The Sermon on the Mount
Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.
2 And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. 5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. 6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. 7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. 8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. 10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Lamentations 3:22-24 (ESV)
22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; 23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24 “The
Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”
Hebrews 12:4 (ESV)
4 In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.
1. How has the mercy of God freed you to extend mercy to those in your
life? What is a specific example?
2. Would you say your heart is pure? What is keeping you from seeing God?
3. Where are you called to make peace in your life? (We are called to live
in peace and make peace.)
4. Do you have a desire to be persecuted for righteousness’ sake?