The Beatitudes are the 8 statements that make up the beginning of Jesus’s first recorded public teaching (the Sermon on the Mount) that all begin, “Blessed are”. Read Matthew 5:1-12.
The attitudes promoted in the beatitudes are not the dispositions that men and women often pursue (mourning, meekness, hunger and thirst). How do you think it impacted people when these were the first words as He started His teaching?
What does it mean to be “poor in spirit”?
What kind of mourning do you think verse 4 is talking about, and how are we comforted?
What does it mean to be “meek”? Do meek people usually acquire possession of the earth?
What are we to hunger and thirst for? How would you define that?
What is the promise to the merciful?
What does it mean to be pure in heart?
How can we be a peacemaker?
The last Beatitude (verses 10-12). What does this one show about those who would interpret blessed to mean a superficial happiness? What will likely be the result of living according to these values? What consolation is there for us if we suffer?
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