Friday, March 25, 2016

Luke 6:20-26 The Good Life, Part 1

Summary: Jesus' teaching on happiness is often counter cultural. Who wants to be poor, mournful or insulted? However, there is much blessing if we suffer these things while living for Christ.

1. This passage in Luke probably took place at a different time than the Sermon on the Mount (compare Matthew 5:1 with Luke 6:17-20). However, what are some of the similarities between this passage and Matthew 5:3-12?

2. Speaking of similarities, why do you think Jesus repeated some of these themes? What's the significance of this?

3. As we saw earlier (Luke 6:17), many people were following Jesus. However, what are some keys to truly following Christ? Luke 9:23, John 8:31-32

4. Luke 6:20-26 is often referred to as The Beatitudes. As Pastor Scott said, you could even nickname this section the “deep seeded Haptitudes.” What's another word that could be substituted for this? Is a deep seeded happiness circumstantial? John 16:22, Romans 14:17

5. This section of scripture in Luke 6 seems to emphasize suffering. Overall, does God even want us to be happy? Should we seek out suffering? Colossians 2:16-23, I Timothy 6:17

6. Can genuine happiness only be found in Christ? Ecclesiastes 2:10-11, Philippians 2:1-3

7. In order to achieve genuine happiness, we must often adjust our long-term outlook on life. In fact, how far out should we look? Colossians 3:1-4

8. Adjusting our long-term outlook definitely gives us perspective. In fact, it's likely the main point of this section. How do verses 22-23 help us understand that?

9. Much of the teaching in Luke 6:20-26 is NOT easy. However, think about your growth as a Christian. Has it primarily developed during the easy or difficult times of your life?

10. In fact, when life is going well, far too often we have a wrong perspective on life. What does Luke 12:13-21 say about this?

11. Going back to the parallel passage in Matthew 5:3, how does this influence our coming to Christ? Psalm 34:18, I Peter 5:5

12. Finally, we are obviously not alone when we humbly face suffering. We can take comfort in truths like Psalm 1:1-3. We can also take comfort that other saints have faced severe trials and have overcome them by the grace of God. Psalm 51:17, Isaiah 6:5, I Timothy 1:15

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