• Matthew 5:10-12

    Kevin Thompson & Shelton Markham

    October 14, 2012

     

    Discussion Questions

    1. Why does God allow his followers to endure suffering?
    2. What are some things we believe which will cause others to persecute us?
    3. What are some things we do which might cause others to persecute us?
    4. How can living out the Beatitudes result in persecution?
    5. What are some ways we can allow our children to suffer for their faith so they can learn endurance?

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  • Matthew 5:9

    Kevin Thompson

    October 7, 2012

     

    Discussion Questions

    1. Describe some ways that differences between spouses can both compliment and frustrate one another.
    2. What’s the difference between acceptance and agreement? Which is needed for peace?
    3. What are some ways we throw stones? What are some ways we spread seeds?
    4. Read James 3:18. What are some examples of a “harvest of righteousness?”
    5. What is one thing you can begin doing now to create peace in a key relationship?

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  • Matthew 5:8

    Ed Saucier

    September 30, 2012

     

    Discussion Questions

    1. If our words are a good litmus test for our hearts, how is your heart?
    2. What are some ways we live outside/in?
    3. What are some ways we can live inside/out?
    4. Describe a time you thought God wasn’t at work but you now realize he was.
    5. Describe a place you see God at work where other people may not see it.

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  • Matthew 5:7

    Shelton Markham

    September 23, 2012

     

    Discussion Questions

    1. Why do we often view mercy as cheap?
    2. Describe several examples of mercy.
    3. How do we know this passage isn’t teaching that we can earn our salvation?
    4. How does God’s mercy toward us differ from our mercy toward others?
    5. How does giving mercy to others help us to better feel and understand God’s mercy?

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  • Matthew 5:6

    Kevin Thompson

    September 16, 2012

     

    Discussion Questions

    1. Describe what the word “satisfaction” means to you?
    2. From where do most people often seek satisfaction?
    3. What are some signs that show we hunger and thirst for righteousness?
    4. Describe what righteousness looks like?
    5. How does God bring us satisfaction?

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  • Matthew 5:5

    Kevin Thompson

    September 9, 2012

     

    Discussion Questions

    1. What is the meaning of the word “meek?”
    2. Who is the most meek person you know? What is it about this person that makes you describe him/her as meek?
    3. Describe some ways we use our strength incorrectly?
    4. Give an example of a time when you chose to be passive when you should have been strong?
    5. In what area or situation in your life is God calling you to be meek?

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  • Matthew 5:4

    Ed Saucier

    September 2, 2012

     

    Discussion Questions

    1. Why is society increasingly more uncomfortable with grief and sorrow?
    2. What can the death of a loved one teach us about how we should respond to sin?
    3. What is a proper balance between mourning our sin and living in God’s forgiveness?
    4. What are some ways in which God brings comfort to those who mourn?
    5. Having received comfort from God, how does that change our responsibility?

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  • Matthew 5:3

    Kevin Thompson

    August 26, 2012

     

    Discussion Questions

    1. Describe a recent experience with someone bragging. How did it make you feel?
    2. Why do we feel the need to brag?
    3. What are some ways we brag to God?
    4. Why is poverty of spirit a prerequisite for obedience to the sermon on the mount?
    5. How does being poor in spirit bring us peace?

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  • Matthew 5:1-10

    Kevin Thompson

    August 19, 2012

     

    Discussion Questions

    1. Who do you consider lucky?
    2. How does your list contrast with the list of Jesus?
    3. Who would this list offend and who would it encourage?
    4. Describe a way in which God’s kingdom is “already” and another way it is “not yet.”
    5. How are the beatitudes a protection against envy and covetousness?

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