Matthew 5:6-12

Sermon Outline:

  1. Citizens of Jesus kingdom love righteousness.

  2. Citizens of Jesus' kingdom will live according to actual righteousness, rather than worldly righteousness.

  3. Citizens of Jesus will be righteous even when there is no worldly benefit.

Family Discussion Questions:

Younger and Older:

  1. Did the Pharisees really love righteousness? Why did they want to be righteous?

  2. Why did Jesus use the words “hunger and thirst” for righteousness?

  3. How does God satisfy a real hunger for righteousness?

  4. Why will Christians be righteous even if there is nothing in this world they can gain by it?

Deeper Discussion:

  1. Why is mercy a mark of true righteousness, rather than hypocritical righteousness?

  2. What is purity of heart? Is it opposed to external purity?

  3. What is the chief way that we can be peacemakers?

  4. Why do those who act righteous for the sake of worldly benefits often become the worst persecutors of those who truly love righteousness?

  5. What encouragement do we have when we are persecuted?