For the past 10 weekdays, we've been studying Jesus' teaching in Matthew 5 on what it means to be blessed. Follow along here on the blog, download the whole booklet here, or pick up a copy on Sunday. As part of our Festival, we've been talking about "The Pursuit of Happiness" at church. Check out the sermons online here.
WHAT JESUS SAID
“Seeing the crowds, he [Jesus] went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
A LIFE OF WORSHIP
When you read Jesus’ words above, which stand out to you most? Why? Over these ten readings, what have you learned about the pursuit of happiness and the meaning of a good life? Turn your thoughts into a prayer.
A LIFE OF MISSION
Is there someone you’d like to talk with about happiness or the good life? Pass on the happiness: Is there someone you could serve or encourage this week?
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Thoughts by Kevin Miller
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