The Sermon on the Mount is useful for living a blessed life
What is the image of blessed in Psalm 1?
What is the source for the fresh, fruitful and prospering life described in Psalm 1?
What 3 chapters in Matthew contain the Sermon on the Mount?
What does Jesus repeat 8 times at the beginning of his talk (Mt 5:3-10)
The first blessed (Mt 5:3) has something in common with the last blessed (Mt 5:10). What is it?
“the kingdom of heaven” is also called “the kingdom of _______“
What does the Kingdom of heaven mean (now and in the future)? Consider these verses:
Matthew 3:1-2 In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, (2) “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
Hint: the future includes what we normally think of as ‘heaven’, the good place with God after this life. What is the idea of ‘theirs is the kingdom of heaven” for living here and now?