March 11, 2021
We started into the text through the Sermon the Mount last night, looking specifically at the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:1-10. The focus of our study is on True Disciples. Having spent the last month watching The Chosen, it has been really cool to see the way that the disciples give up everything to excitedly follow Jesus. In this new series, we’re going to try to connect the dots between the call of the disciples, and our call as disciples.
The beatitudes, Jesus’ introduction to His Sermon on the Mount, are about the heart attitude of Jesus followers. Jesus says “Blessed is…” not to say that His followers are always going to be happy, but rather, that “the good life” is to live with these attitudes close to one’s heart. The attitudes we spoke of, that Jesus gets at in the Beatitudes are: Being needy for God, Brokenness over sin, Patience in waiting on God, Desperately desiring to become more like God, Realizing our need your need for mercy, Having eyes only for God, Being peaceable/humble around others, and Caring for the things of God over popularity or praise.
We spent some good time really reflecting on these attitudes, trying to identify… does our life encapsulate these things? We aren’t saved by the attitudes above, but Jesus is clear that it is the people who have these attitudes that are truly His disciples. It is these people whom will receive the Kingdom of God.
Next week we will be looking at Jesus’ teaching on Salt and Light in Matthew 5:13-16.