Matt. 5:4

Jesus teaches that those who mourn will be blessed and comforted.

What does it mean to mourn? Isn’t it backwards to think that sad people will be happy? What should Christians be mourning over?

We can go all the way back to the time of Job to see how people are often confused about how God treats His people, and what (if any) purpose suffering and sadness have. Jesus clears it up in this simple statement.

Matt. 5:3

We begin our discussion of the beattitudes with “Blessed are the poor in spirit.”

What does it mean to be “blessed?”

What is the difference between being poor or rich… does it always refer to money/material possessions?

What does God expect, in terms of attitude, of His people?

Matt. 5

As we begin to explore the volumes that Jesus teaches in a short section we call The Sermon on the Mount, we begin by defining a few important key words.

What is “Happy?”

What is “Joy?”

What is “Blessed?”

…and what is the difference?

With a clear understanding of what it is to be “blessed” we will begin to look at how Jesus tells us we can be blessed.

Matt. 12:9-15

Jesus heals a man’s withered hand, but He did it on the Sabbath.

Why did the Pharisees want Him destroyed?  Was He breaking the law?  Is it okay to break the law if the end result is something good?

Listen to see how Jesus was being completely consistent with God’s law and compassionate on those in need, and how He handled a difficult situation with an angry mob.

It’s been over a year since we’ve been able to record. A lot has changed, but we pick up right where we left off in our study through the life of Christ!

John 5:1-18

Who were the people hanging out at the porticoes at Bethesda?

What was the lame man expecting?

Who did Jesus claim to be and why were the Jews so mad they wanted to kill Him?

Luke 5:27-32

Levi (aka Matthew) is called to be a follower of Jesus. How does he respond? What is the first thing he does with his new relationship with Jesus? What do the Pharisees thing about it all? What simple, yet incredible lesson does Jesus teach from this?

We also discuss the importance of evangelism, from a families perspective.

 

 

John 15

 

Jesus gives an illustration of a vine full of branches, some of which are bearing fruit. How does this describe His church? What kinds of fruit is He talking about?

We also discuss the importance of training our children to know and respect the Bible as God’s inspired Word.

Luke 5:17-25

Jesus has a crowd from all around the region coming to hear Him teach. The crowd is so large many people can’t even get to Him. A faithful group of friends take their paralyzed friend up onto the roof of the house He is in, and dig through the roof just to get their friend in front of Jesus in hopes of His healing.

How did Jesus respond? What do we learn about forgiveness? What do we learn about our responsibilities to our friends?

We also discuss talking to our children about sin and forgiveness, and not creating a fear in them about the judgment of God but the hope and peace of being His.

Matt. 8:1-4

Jesus is approached by a leper who is seeking healing. While Jesus could have healed him from a distance, he showed compassion by touching the leper when he made him well.

What can we learn from this interaction? Why did Jesus ask him not to tell anyone what happened?

We also talk about the importance of building relationships with other families in the church and some encouragement to do so.

Luke 5:1-11

Jesus has such a crowd gathering around, and pushing in, to hear Him teach God’s Word, that He is pushed back into the sea and has to commandeer a fishing vessel to use as a stage to address them all. After His message, He takes another opportunity to demonstrate the power of God behind His spoken words by taking some fishermen who had failed at a night of fishing, and filling their boats with so many fish they boats almost sank!

We learn how the fishermen reacted to this, and an important message about Jesus wanting us to be in fellowship with Him, and serving in His work, even when we feel like we are not worthy of His presence.

We also discuss a tip for keeping your kids excited and energetic about spiritual growth in their own lives through the simple act of bragging on them!