Part 2: Blessed are the poor in spirit

When we read the gospels we find that Jesus talks a lot about the Kingdom of God using seeds as an illustration, i.e. parable of the sower, Matt 13:1-23, the parable of the mustard seed Matt 13:31-35. He does this to illustrate that the Kingdom of God is not like the kingdoms of this world, big, brash, impressive, but always begins small. In this session, we’ll be considering the gospel, the bible and our own lives as seed.

Seed can appear pretty weak, insignificant and helpless when holding our hands and yet we know that it contains a code of life that is able to reproduce multiples of itself 30, 60, even 100 times. Farmers and gardeners know all about the unlocking of this code to produce a harvest and fruit. The disciple of Jesus must have an understanding of the seed of the gospel, which has an amazing ability to be working invisibly and then to bring about a sudden moment of salvation.

This first beatitude asks us to see our utter inability to please God or find life. We are weak and helpless and bring nothing but our sin to the relationship. We cannot earn salvation it is all of God’s love and grace, that same grace is the fuel for living a life of flourishing. We daily need to remind ourselves that kingdom life is found to the humble and poor in spirit.

1:   Does poor in spirit describe your life? What areas in your life are you tempted to rely on yourself rather than God?

2:   What is the DNA of the gospel message? Can you describe this so that a nonbeliever can understand and what scriptures have helped you?

3:   Why is it important for us to think of not only the gospel but also our lives as seed?

4:  Trees typically have many seeds why do you think this is? If your sharing the gospel is a seed how many seeds would you seek to sow in a given week?

5:   Why is it important to see the sermon on Sunday as seed? Is your heart open and receptive and prepared to hear and obey each week?



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