Walk Through Fire Sermon Series: The Beatitudes

“Blessed are the poor in spirit.” – Matthew 5:3

To be “poor in spirit” is to admit that “I am broken.”

Exposing our brokenness to our self can be most difficult.

“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”  James 4:6 (NIV)

Admitting our own brokenness is necessary before we can ask God for help.

Knowing that God is the only source of real help is also a necessary admission and at the same time humbling.

“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope.  With less of you there is more of God and his rule.”  Matthew  5:3 (MSG)

God’s help often comes from the most unsuspecting places.

Be ready to accept help from people and places where you may not look.

“Pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!” – Ecclesiastes  4:9-10 


Study Questions:

1. At the end of Matthew 4, Jesus is healing people with all sorts of infirmities. With that in mind, why would large crowds gather around Jesus?

2. Jesus took advantage of the crowds presence by teaching them. What was so counter-cultural about his teaching?

3. Lifting up the poor in spirit is not something to which our culture would aspire. What is your idea of poor in spirit? What does that mean to you?

4. Can you think of a time in your life when you were poor in spirit? Was being humble part of the remedy? Did that “remedy” involve God?

5. Was there someone in your life or that came into your life at that time who was your hand from God? How did that transpire?