Matthew 5:1-12 Children can follow along is Shine One page 164 and Spark 264.
"Blessed are the..."
Known as the Beatitutudes, this passage starts the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). It is the simplest, straight forward reminder that the blessed are not the rich, powerful, happy, popular, healthy, full, satisfied, violent or selfish. The blessed are those often criticized and looked down upon by society. The blessed are those seeking after God. The blessed are those dealing with the tragedies in life of death, hunger, violence and judgement.
For Anabaptists, the sermon on the mount and the Beatitudes have been a source of persecution. Since the beginning of the Anabaptist movement and stream of Christianity, most have insisted that God and Jesus intend for us to live and embody the Beatitudes. They are realistic, life-giving, and simply a better version of the 10 Commandments from Moses in the Old Testament. Many other Christian groups have disagreed and looked upon Anabaptists with disapproval. We'll continue the Sermon on the Mount for a few more days this week. Is it still our primary vision of God's nation/kingdom/ways? Is Jesus' teaching still the center of our faith and life?
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Tory - Pastor of Children and Youth Faith Formation.