This summer, we are studying the Beatitudes that start-off Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:1-12. These ways that Jesus tells us we should act as Christians are counter-cultural, with blessings or rewards that will come in eternity, not here. We’ll be digging deeper into each of the 9 Beatitudes, looking at other verses in the Bible that describe each characteristic, Biblical characters that exude the Beatitudes, and the blessing that comes from it. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:11-12)
Matthew 5:13, 16
Salt and Light
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Boldly Go! | Marianne Toovey
Matthew 5:13, 16
As a Christian, I’m called to live a life unattractive by today’s standard: poor in spirit, mournful, humble, hungry, persecuted… But it’s not all in vain. Great is the reward that awaits me if I carry out this charge. So what am I waiting for? It’s time to live that life loud and proud. I can’t hide in a corner and hope to escape the negativity, I need to boldly go!
I feel like these last couple months have been equipping me for my new role on this journey with God. It’s not always going to be easy, but the work is most definitely going to be worth it. Even if I don’t get to see the fruits of my labor in this life. I have nothing to fear because God is on my side, fighting in my corner. So I will confidently move forward. I will let this little light of mine shine!
Ok, God. It’s easier said than done. I do want to stand tall and confident, but I’m going to need a lot of support to do it. Keep me on the right path. Create a clean heart in me so that I can pursue the life You want me to lead and live it out loud. Thank You for all that You’ve taught me in this study! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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