Poverty is a bad thing, in so many ways. But Jesus said that there is one kind of poverty that can be good – spiritual poverty. He said, “Blessed are the poor in sprit.” What does it mean to be poor in spirit, and how are these people blessed?
This message is part of our series Upside Down: redefining the good life.
How can we claim that God is good when life isn’t always good? Where is God when life seems so unjust? Jesus introduced his followers to a way of thinking that challenged their understanding of success. He taught them that God’s kingdom doesn’t operate in the same way that the world’s kingdoms operate. How can we find the blessing, happiness and good fortune that Jesus spoke about? From Jesus and his ‘beatitudes’ we find a better way to understand God and a new way to live.
Group discussion guide (Download the PDF here)
Read the passage together for this week, from Matthew 5:1-12
Watch the video together for this week for another perspective (https://www.commongrace.org.au/beatitudes)
1. What does this passage teach us about the upside down ‘good life’ that Jesus promises?
2. What does this passage teach us about the blessings that come with this kind of life?
3. Have you experience blessing like Jesus promised?
4. What is one thing you can do to cultivate this attitude or approach in your life?
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