Blessed | Week 1 - Results
Because of God’s promises, we can be happy, full of joy, at peace, and content. As followers of Jesus, we are filled with the Holy Spirit and set on a path of maturation and growth. We learn to understand what it means to be sanctified -- set apart from the profane. As we walk with the Spirit, we become more and more like Jesus. As we reject the ways of the world in favor of a renewed mind in Christ, we are able to embrace our calling and recognize what God’s will is for our lives. Our role is to follow, to be obedient, to keep his commands, and to step out in faith living as a witness to the power of the Gospel. When we recognize who we are, and most importantly, who God is, in due time, he will lift us up to new heights.
READ 1 Peter 3:8-9
Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. 9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
READ this passage again and consider these related questions.
Which of the characteristics in v.8 are most useful in order to comply with v.9?
What kind of inherited blessing is Peter talking about?
How could you point someone to the Gospel using this passage?
Read Matthew 5:3-6
1. How should “poor” be seen in a positive sense? v.3
2. How does a contrite heart lead to receiving the kingdom of heaven?
3. Read Isaiah 6:5-7. Use this verse to explain the Beatitude in v.4.
4. Meek (v.5) is sometimes difficult to define in a positive way. Look to Romans 12:3 for insight.
5. Look to Psalm 37:10-13. How is this fulfilled in Jesus as it relates to v.5b?
6. We often say that if you want success, stay hungry. What sort of behavior does that imply?
7. If righteous living represents a transformed life in Jesus, how do we pursue righteousness?
8. Read Psalm 1. Relate this to the pursuit of righteousness and the result that comes because of it.