The Sermon on the Mount: Happiness and Woe

Reading Assignment:

Matthew 5:1-16
Luke 6:20-26

 

Did you understand what you read?

  1. “Blessed” is another word for being happy. Make a list of the eight things Jesus said would bring happiness in the left-hand column. On the right, write a word or phrase that is the opposite of what Jesus said would bring happiness.
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  2. Looking above, which list (Jesus’ or your list of opposites) would most people think brings happiness? Why?
  3. Luke’s account of Jesus’ message gives a series of contrasts between blessings an woes. In the left-hand column give the blessings and in right-hand column give the woes. Under each one, write why they are a blessing or a woe.
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  4. Persecution is especially difficult to see as something that will result in happiness, but who can we look to for examples?
  5. What is Jesus teaching when he called us salt and light?


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