#269 – THE MEEK ARE LOVING (21/1/21)
This week in our discipleship series, we are considering the third Beatitude,
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5)
Definition: Meekness is humility. It’s being weak in ourselves but strong in God.
Meekness will be shown in how we treat other people. If we are impatient, bitter, slanderous, hateful, unforgiving… we lack the fruit that true meekness produces. The meek deal with people like Jesus deals with them. Jesus taught,
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
Who are invited to Jesus and what do they find as they do so?
This is about salvation and daily experience. How do you or could you put this invitation into practice each day?
To take a ‘yoke’ is to be a disciple and learn to walk like Jesus. If we learn from Jesus, what will you and I help the ‘weary and burdened’ to find?
The meek receive Jesus’ grace and then treat others as they have been treated by Him. The meek understand what it is to be ‘weary and burdened’ with sin, mourning, regret… Out of the comfort and rest that Jesus gives to them, they go into the world with kindness and love.
COMMUNITY GROUP STUDY - BLESSED ARE THE MEEK
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What are your highs and lows from last week?
Introduction - please share in your group
This week in our discipleship series, we are considering the third of the Beatitudes,
'Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth'. (Matthew 5:5)
Meekness is humility. It’s being weak in ourselves but strong in God.
Here are three aspects to meekness:
Firstly, as with all of the other Beatitudes, this is a description of the true Christian; to become a Christian one must become ‘meek’. Pride is the opposite of meekness. The proud do not come to Jesus for their sins to be forgiven. The proud are self-righteous.
Secondly, The meek listen to God and others. Their humility drives them to seek God's will in His word. They learn from others and feel a desire to show value to others by listening to them.
Thirdly, The meek pray. On Sunday we briefly saw how The Lord's Prayer in full of meekness; every phrase is an expression of humble dependence upon God.
Finally, meekness has great promise: 'the meek will inherit the earth'. The meek do not force their will on people. They know that they cannot force anyone to come to faith. The meek may have to endure disrespect and even persecution, but they will reign with Jesus in a 'New heavens and a new earth'.
1. Please read Matthew 11:29. Jesus is described as 'meek' (gentle) and humble. How did Jesus' earthly life display true meekness?
2. Meekness leads to salvation - the proud can never be saved - why is this the case?
2. Meekness is humility. It’s being weak in ourselves but strong in God. Why does this lead to one being devoted to God's word? (Please read Isaiah 66:2)
3. Why does meekness lead to prayer?
4. Why does meekness lead to a desire to learn from others?
Investing and inviting
i) Who has God put into your life that we could pray for together?
ii) How are you planning to 'invest and invite'?
iii) Finally, Who are you planning to invite to our Alpha Course which is beginning on the 25th January?
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