Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Matthew 5:12- Honestly this verse is foreign to our American sensibilities. How is being persecuted for Christ, on any level, and being counted among the saints and prophets through the centuries a good thing? How do we need to change our thinking on this- and how is that the very point and aim of these “blessings” (Beatitudes) in the first place? BONUS! Given this week’s readings- How did Jesus embody and model these blessings ahead of and for us? How do the Blessings of Matthew 5 prepare us to worship God today for the paradox of a God who honors things like persecution and suffering with a reward that is eternal? (see 1 Peter 1:3-7)