Homegroup Discussion Guide
Weekly homegroup discussions follow the topic dealt with in the Sunday Bible Talk. Our Homegroups discussion guides are called “Matthew 5 – 7 Upside Down Kingdom – Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount”. This term, our focus is on what is arguably the most famous sermon ever – the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus’ teaching is important in Matthew’s gospel. He includes 5 large sections of Jesus’ teaching through the book.
The Sermon on the Mount contains some of the best-loved and well known passages of Jesus’ teaching, but it also contains some of Jesus’ most confronting challenges. It is a sermon about the values of the Kingdom of Heaven. It is a sermon about those who live in the Kingdom of Heaven. But it has plenty of surprises. A big surprise is what is what Jesus says in chapter 5 verse 20: “for I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” That would have seemed like a slap in the face to the religious leaders and an impossible standard for everyone else. But Jesus’ point is that citizens of the Kingdom undergo a radical change that empowers them for life in Jesus’ radical kingdom. The radical nature of this kingdom is clear from the outset in what we know as The Beatitudes.
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