Weekly Playlist  |  February 5-11

Sermon on the Mount - The Beatitudes

A Surprising Announcement

Listen to the short passage of Scripture below, and then watch some related resources. As you meditate on this passage, think about this question: Who has the good life in the Kingdom of God, and why is it surprising?

Watch – An Introduction to the Beatitudes
Read – Matthew 5:3-16

Consider While Reading

The first hearers of these words were mostly low-status, powerless Israelites on the fringes of mainstream society.

Matthew 5:3-16

Kingdom Identity

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Kingdom Identity
How good is life for the poor in spirit, because theirs is the kingdom of the skies.
How good is life for those who grieve, because they will be comforted.
How good is life for the unimportant, because they will inherit the land.
How good is life for those who hunger and thirst for right- relationships, because they will be satisfied.
How good is life for those who show mercy, because they will be shown mercy.
How good is life for the pure in heart, because they will see God.
How good is life for the peacemakers, because they will be called children of God.
How good is life for those who have been persecuted on account of doing what is right, because theirs is the kingdom of the skies.
How good is life for you when they insult you and persecute and speak any evil lies against you on account of me.
Celebrate and shout for joy. Because your reward is great in the skies, because this is how they persecuted the prophets before you.
You are the salt of the land.
But if the salt becomes unsalty, with what can it be made salty again?
It is useful for nothing, except to be thrown out and stepped on by humans.
You are the light of the world.
A city that is set up on a mountain is not able to be hidden.
And they don't light a candle and place it under a basket.
Rather, upon a candle stand, and it will shine on everyone in the house.
In the same way, let your light shine before people so that they can see your good works and they can give honor to your Father who is in the skies.


What would it have felt like to be in the crowd and hear these words?

About This Translation
This reading uses a new translation from the BibleProject Scholar Team, which aims to bring fresh language to familiar words while using consistent English terms for Greek words used throughout this part of Scripture.

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Watch – Sermon on the Mount, The Beatitudes


“From our perspective, we see a world of violence and corruption where might makes right. But for Jesus, there is a realm where generosity reigns, where there’s justice and peace. It's a world where love is the final word. It’s God’s heavenly reality, which might seem far off. But Jesus was claiming that Heaven was coming to Earth right here and now, beginning with these people.”

Watch – Visual Commentaries, Matthew 5:3-5: The Poor in Spirit, Grievers, & Unimportant


“The word ‘blessed’ is makarios. It is a word used to describe someone that you think is experiencing blessing, that is, God’s favor and abundance. Jesus isn’t proclaiming a blessing; he is pointing out who is blessed—and it’s not who you’d expect!”

Watch – Biblical Themes, Blessing and Curse (Short Version)


“The story of the Bible begins with God bringing life out of darkness, ordering our beautiful world, and then blessing all of its creatures. Not only are we one of God's creatures that can generate new life, we've also been appointed as God's representative image to rule and oversee this whole flourishing world on God's behalf. And God wants us to rule while trusting in his abundance, to eat from the tree of blessing that is the tree of God's own eternal life.”

Listen – Jesus Reframes the Good Life

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Jesus Reframes the Good Life

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Jesus Reframes the Good Life


“The logic of these nine sayings depends on Jesus' claim that he is bringing the Kingdom of God as it is in Heaven. And the Kingdom of God brings total reversal of our value systems and our estimations of who are the fortunate ones. And that's the work that these nine sayings are doing.”

Invite your friends and family to meditate on the teachings of Jesus together.
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