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