“Our version of the good life goes bad eventually. Jesus’ version of the good life gets better eternally.”

Jesus goes up on a mountain to deliver the Sermon on the Mount. The crowd is eager to hear how his kingdom will deliver them the good life: more comfort, more security, more approval. Instead, Jesus gives them the beatitudes, a jarring set of blessings that run counter to everything we think about the good life. When we look closely at Jesus’ words, we find that he is here to deliver a blessing that runs deeper than our circumstances, and that depends entirely on him.

Application Questions

1. When you imagine yourself living the life you want, what do you picture? Try to write some beatitudes (“Blessed are you when ________”) based on that picture.

2. How do those “anti-beatitudes” shape your attitudes, decisions, and struggles?

3. What about Jesus’ beatitudes scare you? Why? What about Jesus’ beatitudes excite you? Why?

4. What do you think it would take to make your view of the good life the same as Jesus’ view of the good life? How does the gospel fit in?

Brian Colmery

Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.

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