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Sermon Notes: Matthew 5:7-12

Sermon Notes: Matthew 5:7-12

SERMON-BASED DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Scripture: Matthew 5:7-12

Pastor: Dr. Edgar Aponte

Date: August 20, 2023

 

 

SERMON OUTLINE

 

MAIN MESSAGE:

  • Live today in light of who you are in Christ and who you will be in eternity. 

 

 

4 POINTS OF APPLICATION:

  1. If you are in Christ, show to others today the mercy you will receive on the day of Judgment.
    1. Matthew 5:7

 

  1. Pursue holiness and refuse to defile yourself, for your good and the witness of the Gospel.
    1. Matthew 5:8
    2. Hebrews 12:14

 

  1. Seek to create today the kind of harmony and peace you will have in eternity. Be a peacemaker!
    1. Matthew 5:9
    2. Romans 5:1
    3. John 1:12
    4. Galatians 3:26
    5. Romans 12:18 (NIV)

 

  1. Understand that faithfulness to Christ might bring pain in this life, but endure suffering for God is with you and He will reward you.
    1. Matthew 5:10-12
    2. 2 Tim 3:12

 

 

 

 

 

 

SERMON-BASED DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

(SMALL GROUPS)

 

 

LEADER’S NOTES:

  • The purpose of your group time is to reflect on God’s truth together, discussing how it impacts your life and walk with Jesus.
  • There are more questions than you can cover in one group. Just use the ones that will best facilitate discussion in your group.
  • Feel free to edit/rephrase the questions to fit your personality and style.

 

GENERAL REFLECTION QUESTIONS:

  1. What stood out to you from the sermon (or from the passage)?
  2. What parts are the most challenging and why?
  3. What parts are the most exciting/helpful and why?

 

SERMON DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

 

READ MATTHEW 5:7-12

7 Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

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

 

11 Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

 

  1. Which of these beatitudes resonates with you most readily and why?

 

  1. Which one do you find the most challenging to understand or embrace and why?

 

  1. READ MATTHEW 18:23-35. How does this parable illustrate the relationship between showing mercy and receiving mercy from God? (LEADER’S NOTE: Verse 33 is a key verse in understanding the concept of how God’s mercy toward us ought to be reflected in the mercy that we show to others)

 

  1. READ JUDE 22-23. What would it look like in your own life to (as Jude says) “show mercy with fear”? What is the connection Jude is making between mercy and hatred of sin?

 

  1. What are some of the illustrations that Jesus gives later in the Sermon on the Mount of people who are NOT pure in heart (for example, the hypocrites)?
  • How do these examples help you better understand what it means to be pure in heart?
  • How might the characteristic of being pure in heart relate to the other beatitudes, like being poor in spirit?

 

  1. READ EPHESIANS 2:11-22. How does this passage help illustrate what it means to be a peacemaker?
  • How did the gospel bring peace in the early church (like the example in Ephesus)?
  • How does (or how should) the gospel bring peace in a similar way to us today?
  • Have you ever thought about the gospel as a message of peace before? Why or why not?

 

  1. READ 1 PETER 2:19-24. How does Jesus’ example in this passage encourage you towards a godly response to opposition over your faith?
  • What is the difference between being persecuted for righteousness sake and being punished for your sin?
  • How do you see this being relevant for Christians in the west today?

 

  1. LEADER’S NOTE: It is true that we are experiencing increased opposition in the Western Church today But this is very different from the persecution that many Christians have experienced throughout church history, and even the way many Christians overseas are being persecuted (and killed for their faith) today.
  • What experience or awareness do you have with the persecuted church throughout history and up to today?
  • How does their example encourage or challenge you in your own walk?

 

  1. How does this passage affect the way you think of what it means to be blessed?

 

  1. How are each of the promises (for they shall…) connected to the beatitude in that same verse? How does that help you better understand what Jesus is saying?