The Beatitudes – Week 4: Becoming Righteous
Matthew 5:6; Romans 9:30–10:4
Life Group Questions:
- When was the last time you were really hungry?
- What is the greatest meal you have ever eaten?
- What does it look like to hunger and thirst for righteousness?
- Have you ever considered the fact that hunger and thirst are the preconditions in God’s kingdom? What does that look like practically?
- Are you wrestling with the things in your life that aren’t as they should be? Are they causing you to miss out on the righteousness of Christ?
- How would you define righteousness, unrighteousness (Ephesians 4) and self-righteousness (Romans 9:30-Romans 10:4) How are they similar and how are they different?
- Think of the chart that Pastor Josh shared. How is it counter cultural to how we try to live as Christians?
- How can we as a life group become more righteous? (Moving away from unrighteousness and self-righteousness)
Sermon Notes and Scripture:
- Hunger and thirst are preconditions in God’s kingdom.
- Righteousness equals the state of him/her who is as he/she ought to be.
- The enemies of true righteousness are unrighteousness & self-righteousness
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Matthew 5:6
19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.20 That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:19-24
30 What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; 31 but the people of Israel, who pursued the law as the way of righteousness, have not attained their goal. 32 Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone. 33 As it is written: “See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who believes in him will never be put to shame.”
1 Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. 2 For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. 3 Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. 4 Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes. Romans 9:30–10:4