Friends, we are diving into a new series this week! Please feel free to share and invite your friends and family to join us as we explore the Beatitudes and Matthew's Gospel over the next four weeks.
Sunday's Gospel, Matthew 5:1-12, or more commonly known as the Sermon on the Mount is when Jesus began to teach his Disciples what we know today as the Beatitudes. They were just a taste of what Jesus would continue to teach, but because they are some of the first that really presented what Jesus had come to do; to be peaceful and merciful rather than an end the Roman regime as many Jewish people hoped and believed, they can be seen as the introduction to the new Christian faith Christ had come to establish.
Today, the Beatitudes can be seen as a sort of Christian fight song, our pump-up jam, our personal anthem as we take on each day in faith. But the Beatitudes can be confusing, what does it really mean to be poor in spirit or to be meek? How can we be peacemakers and still stand up for what we believe in? How do we truly show mercy? These are challenges we all face as good Children of Christ, and only by examining what Jesus does throughout his ministry can we truly understand what He called each of us to do and be that day on the mountain.
Today, just take a moment to read over Matthew's chapter five and compare it your own life and try to create your own definition for each of the Beatitudes. After all, we don't all have the same pump-up songs. And then go listen to your personal Christian anthem. If you don't have one, then I would recommend "Beautiful Things" by Gungor, "Lord I need You" by Matt Mahr, or "Stars" by Skillet.