This is the Way
Week 2 – An Upside-Down Way
Nov 1 – 7, 2020
The way of Jesus involves an upside-down way of thinking about who is really blessed.
How many palindromes can you name as a group? (words that are the same read frontwards and backwards)
Blessed is a term we may use to describe our good fortune in certain circumstances or when we’ve attained something we have wanted. What typically comes to mind when we think about what it may look like for someone to be blessed?
As we look closely at the Way of Jesus, we will see that Jesus says the things that are often given value in the kingdoms of the earth are flipped upside down in the Kingdom of heaven, and what has no apparent value here on earth has immense value in the Kingdom of heaven. In a great reversal of status, the not-so-blessed here on earth really are blessed in the Kingdom of heaven.
- Read Matthew 5:3-12 together. Which of the beatitudes stands out most to you? Why?
- Spend a moment reading through the supplementary material in the guide on the beatitudes. What thoughts or feelings do you have about this material?
- The beatitudes are good news, not to do’s. In what ways are Jesus’ announcements good news to each group?
- As you read the list of beatitudes, how does it make you feel? Are there any that you disagree with or don’t understand why Jesus used?
- The beatitudes are good news announcements to the left behind, those considered unimportant or overlooked. How can you live out these good news announcements to the people around you?
- How would you describe the Kingdom of Heaven to someone who is just learning about Christ?
As we consider what it means to follow Jesus as The Way, we begin to reshape our thinking and turn it upside down. What our culture views as valuable does not hold the same worth in the eyes of a Christ-follower. As we approach this week, look for opportunities to turn it upside down by thinking how Jesus thinks. Focus on a particular beatitude and pray daily about how the Spirit can lead you in this area this week. Be ready to discuss this with the group next week.