Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on August 9, 2015:
- SUNDAY: Matthew 5,
- MONDAY: Matthew 6 (Focus on: 6:25-34),
- TUESDAY: Matthew 7,
- WEDNESDAY: Proverbs 3,
- THURSDAY: Philippians 1-2,
- FRIDAY: Philippians 3,
- SATURDAY: Philippians 4 ,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: A Blessed Life Sermon Title: The Surprising Road to Blessing
Delivered On: August 2, 2015
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” ([bible]Matthew 5:6-9 [/bible])
Pray for God to help you notice and care for those who are mourning, experiencing injustice, in need of mercy or peace.
Taking Action Based upon your prayers to have eyes and a heart for those who are mourning, experiencing injustice, in need of mercy or peace, identify one way you will pursue justice, show mercy or promote peace. Then through the power of the Holy Spirit, take direct and specific action.
Small Group Discussion
Read: Matthew 5:3
Explain what being poor in spirit means to you?
Read: Matthew 5:6
What does a hunger and thirst for righteousness look like?
How do you usually respond when you see injustice in the world?
Read: Matthew 5:7
Describe a time you have been the recipient of mercy in your life?
How have you shown mercy toward another?
Read: Matthew 5:8
What does it mean to be pure in heart?
In what ways does purity of heart lead to purity of actions?
Read: Matthew 5:8
Describe the characteristics of someone who is a peacemaker? How do they interact with the people and situations around them?
Explain the risks involved in being a peacemaker?
Discuss specific action(s) will you take to pursue justice, show mercy or promote peace? How can this group help in your efforts?