The Beatitudes: Receiving and Giving Blessing (Matthew 5:1-12)


Last Sunday’s sermon focused on Matthew 5:1-12.

 The Beatitudes

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

‘Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.

‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

‘Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

‘Blessed are you when people 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 in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

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  • What associations or other reference points do you have with the beatitudes?
  • What strikes you as intriguing about this list of blessings?
  • Considering all that we’ve said so far about Matthew’s gospel, and Jesus’ work, what do you think Jesus is trying to get at here?
  • Is there something in here that encourages response within you?
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