January 2018 – Week 1

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Daily Bible Reading:

  • Day 1: Matthew 1
  • Day 2: Matthew 2
  • Day 3: Matthew 3
  • Day 4: Matthew 4
  • Day 5: Matthew 5

Bible Study: Matthew 5:1-16

Topic: Salt and Light

Instructions:

  • Have someone tell the story or paraphrase the passage in their own words.
  • Have someone read the story or passage from the Bible.
  • Check to see if anything was left out of the sharing of the story/paraphrase.

Discussion:

  • No one knows what a day may hold, but why is it important to approach each day with a good attitude? What does it mean to have a good attitude?
  • In our story, Jesus begins His “Sermon on the Mount” with a lesson about our attitudes. How many “Beattitudes” does Jesus give, and what great promise to claim is given to all those who possess these attitudes (v. 1-12)?
  • What does it mean to be “poor in spirit” (v. 3)? What is promised to those with this attitude? Why should believers mourn, and what is promised those who do (v. 4)? What does it mean to be meek, and what is promised to the meek (v. 5)?
  • What does it mean to “hunger and thirst for righteousness” (v. 6)? How hungry and thirsty are you for God’s righteousness? In what ways does your life show it? What is promised for those who possess this attitude?
  • Do you consider yourself to be “merciful” or more judgmental, and why? What is promised for those who are merciful (v. 7)? What does it mean to be “pure in heart” (v. 8)? What amazing promise is given to those who are? Why is it important to be a “peacemaker” (v. 9)? What is promised to peacemakers?
  • What promise to claim is given to those who are “persecuted for righteousness sake” (v. 10)? According to Jesus, when others insult and speak evil against us on account of our faith, how should we respond and why (v. 11-12)? Have you faced ridicule for your faith recently? How did you respond?
  • What does it mean to be the salt of the earth (v. 13)? How salty is your life for Christ? In what ways are we to be the “light of the world” (v. 14-16)? How bright is your light for Christ? In what ways can being a disciplehelp us to live saltier lives and to be brighter lights for Christ?

Prayer: Let’s pray today that each of us will be salt and light for Christ.

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