Weekly Playlist  |  February 19-25

Sermon on the Mount - The Beatitudes

The Hard Path of Peacemaking

Listen to the Scripture reading below, and then learn more from related resources. As you listen and reflect, think about this question: What does it cost a person to live like Jesus?

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.

We'll be adding more translations here in the future, but in the meantime, you can find more translations now on the BibleProject app.
Watch – Visual Commentaries, Matthew 5:9-12: The Hard Path of Peacemaking


“When God’s Kingdom arrives in full one day, it will bring peace between all people. And so anyone entering God’s Kingdom now is called to work as a peacemaker. That means entering into conflicts and working creatively to open up a just and generous path forward for others.”

Listen – Why Peacemaking Leads to Persecution

Chapter from Sermon on the Mount E7

Why Peacemaking Leads to Persecution

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Why Peacemaking Leads to Persecution


“Jesus is saying, ‘Listen, the way the world is right now–when God's Kingdom comes on Earth as it is in Heaven–it will result in you getting caught in the crossfire of a lot of angry people, and you're going to get hurt.’ And that doesn't mean that you're doing the wrong thing. In fact, you should expect it. The good life belongs to those who are doing the Jesus thing, doing the Jesus ethic of doing what is right by God and others.”

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