On Sunday we began a new series in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mt. We wil spend the first few weeks looking at what are often referred to as the Beatitudes. These are blessings pronounced on certain traits exhibited by those who belong to the kingdom of heaven. Jesus is instructing His followers how to live as citizens of heaven here and now.
The first 3 Beatitudes (poor in spirit, mourning, and meekness) all have to do with seeing ourselves accurately before the Lord. The whole sermon begins with being poor in spirit. This is a recognition that we do not have the spiritual resources we need in, and of, ourselves. We are poor. We need the grace and mercy of our Lord. All the rest of the Beatitudes flow from this posture.
Here are some discussion questions: Matt. 5.1-5 Notes.
-Pastor Nathan Hogan