Red Letters- Wk 1

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Talk It Out- Red Letters, Wk 1
These questions and thoughts are designed to help you create connection in your Community Group.

*Start Talking: Find a conversation starter for your group from the following questions…

- What is the tallest hill or mountain you have hiked/walked?

-  If you were left on a deserted island with either your worst enemy or no one, which would you choose? Why?

*Weekend Recap:
Matthew 5:1-12 MSG
“ When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said:
 “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule. 
“You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.
 “You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.
“You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.
“You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.
 “You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.
“You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.
 “You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.
“Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.”

It’s not about following laws... but inward transformation.

There are a lot of people who live in the valley... but few who want to climb a little higher to really HEAR HIM.

*Discussion Points:
How “high” are you willing to “climb” to hear God? 

Jesus is calling us to go a little higher, to listen a little closer. Do you really want to hear him? Do you really want to go to that next place in your relationship with God?  Is this scary to you? Why/Why not?

After reading through the Beatitudes, would your faith today, during this season of your life, even draw persecution?

*End in Prayer:

Take some time to pray through the Beatitudes. Pray together as a group taking turns praying for the poor, for the ability to help others, and for those persecuted for their faith.