Disciple (n./v.): The Gospel of Matthew
Jesus sits down on a mountain, gathers his disciples and teaches them.
It’s time to sit on that mountain with Jesus, with attentive ears and open hearts.
Put everything else aside. Listen.
Monday, March 18
Read Matthew 5:1-12. What do we usually associate with being blessed? How does that match up to the blessings that Jesus is speaking of? How can we be blessed by being persecuted?
Tuesday, March 19
After reviewing Matthew 5:1-12, read Galatians 5:16-26. What does Jesus mean when he says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit?” Does that mean we tend toward the works of the flesh, or the fruit of the Spirit?
Wednesday, March 20
After reviewing Matthew 5:1-12, read 2 Corinthians 7:1-10. Why are we blessed when we mourn? What are we mourning? What does Paul say about the sorrow he brought upon the church of Corinth?
Thursday, March 21
After reviewing Matthew 5:1-12, read Matthew 11:25-30. Jesus calls upon us to be meek and merciful. How does Jesus stand as the example of meekness and mercy?
Friday, March 22
After reviewing Matthew 5:1-12, read 2 Timothy 2:20-26. How many of the blessings can you find in this short passage to Timothy? What are the blessings in doing these things?
Saturday, March 23
After reviewing Matthew 5:1-12, read 1 Peter 3:8-22. What is the blessing of persecution? What is Peter’s advice for those who might suffer persecution?
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