The questions in this small group guide relate to the sermon from June 20–21. If your group has not had a chance to listen to the full sermon, they can find it at cor.org/leawood/sermons.
This week’s sermon was preached by Rev. Scott Chrostek, Executive Director of Regional Campuses and Downtown Campus Pastor.
Lord Jesus, as we gather to study your Word would you open our hearts to hear your voice. Help us to set aside our pride as we humble ourselves before you. Be with us as we learn together and grow in our understanding of the life you are calling us to.
In the name of your Son Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.
Read Matthew 5:1-12 (CEB)
1 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up a mountain. He sat down and his disciples came to him. 2 He taught them, saying:
3 “Happy are people who are hopeless, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs.
4 “Happy are people who grieve, because they will be made glad.
5 “Happy are people who are humble, because they will inherit the earth.
6 “Happy are people who are hungry and thirsty for righteousness, because they will be fed until they are full.
7 “Happy are people who show mercy, because they will receive mercy.
8 “Happy are people who have pure hearts, because they will see God.
9 “Happy are people who make peace, because they will be called God’s children.
10 “Happy are people whose lives are harassed because they are righteous, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs.
11 “Happy are you when people insult you and harass you and speak all kinds of bad and false things about you, all because of me. 12 Be full of joy and be glad, because you have a great reward in heaven. In the same way, people harassed the prophets who came before you.
- When you read the beatitudes which one stands out to you the most? Which do you wish you did better?
- What do the beatitudes tell us about Jesus?
- Rev. Chrostek said that we are not just called to have faith, but to embody it to the world around us. When we embody the beatitudes how might we reflect Jesus to others?
Read Matthew 5:13-16 (CEB)
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its saltiness, how will it become salty again? It’s good for nothing except to be thrown away and trampled under people’s feet. 14 You are the light of the world. A city on top of a hill can’t be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they put it on top of a lampstand, and it shines on all who are in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before people, so they can see the good things you do and praise your Father who is in heaven.
- We are called to be salt in the world. As a spice, salt enhances anything it touches, and a little goes a long way. Rev. Scott said there is power in the small things we do. How have you seen this play out in your own life?
- Rev. Chrostek reminded us that salt makes us thirsty. How might your “salt” in the world lead others to thirst for Jesus?
- The second metaphor that calls us to action is to be light in the world. When we are light in the world, we reflect the glory of God to others. Rev. Scott said that we become a window into which others can glimpse Jesus and that as such people are always watching us. Do you share your light constantly? Are there places or times where people might be surprised to learn you are a Christian?
- What one thing can we do this week to be more of a “doer” of the Word and not just a “hearer” of the Word?
Lord Jesus, in these turbulent times, guide my influence to work to preserve all the good in the world, in people. Help me to make this world “taste better” for all those who know me.
In this darkened, lonely, hurting world, make me more and more transparent so that your light can shine out of me like a beacon, spreading love, grace and peace. Keep teaching me how to live out both your steadfast love and deep sense of mission.