Sermon On The Mount Discussion Guide
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
As Christians we are called to be active participants in God’s kingdom. Among his Kingdom you will find agitators, peacemakers, and seekers of justice. Racial injustice is something that does not belong in the kingdom of God. Enmity and Hostility entered the human race on account of the fall whereby humanity chose to exert human autonomy over the Word of God. Through the cross Jesus destroyed the wall of hostility reconciling man to God and blazing a trail for a new humanity to form marked by unity in diversity. Following Jesus means responding to the cause for racial justice like Jesus would have us act. Christians are called to Stand With, Stand Against and Stand For as we join in with the pursuit of racial justice.
How would you describe the problem of racial injustice from the point of view of the bible and also as it is experience today?
1. Which words or phrases stand out to you?
2. How does understanding the context of these passages help us understand its meaning?
- What could it look like to “think global and act local” on this issue?
- Draw up a list of things you could do together as Christians to Stand With, Against and For?
Scripture Reading: Here is a 90 day reading plan through all four Gospels. Download the YouVersion app and select to do this plan “with friends.” Once you invite members from your community to join you, you can all track together with the plan and save notes, questions, and comments on passages – why not take turns in adding a short commentary each day?
If you’re not there already, break into small groups and pray for what the Holy Spirit is putting on your heart. Don’t rush, but enjoy being in His presence together. Pray encouragement and blessing on one another, as you ponder what God is saying.