SERMON 2: “PURSUING RIGHTEOUSNESS, MERCY, AND PURITY” Back to all sermons
Sermon Application Questions
- Describe what "poverty of spirit" looks like and what is its greatest enemy? Why is "poverty of spirit" essential to come to Christ for salvation and why is it necessary to grow in Christ? What is the reward for a life lived in "poverty of spirit" and what does this entail?
- How does "meekness" differ from "poverty of spirit"? Apart from Jesus who does the bible describe as the meekest man on the face of the earth? (Numbers 12:3). Why does the world’s adage "meekness equals weakness" not true? What does it mean to "inherit the earth" and when will this inheritance be fully realized?
- Share a time when you were either "hungry" or "thirsty" for physical food or water and how this illustrates how we are to pursue righteousness? Also, describe the satisfaction that came when you finally received food or water and how that satisfaction is a good illustration of the satisfaction we receive as we become more and more righteous.
- Explain what the mercy of God means in salvation. Why is failing to be merciful to others a strong indicator that you are not a true disciple of Christ? Similarly, why is showing mercy to others a strong indicator that you are a true disciple of Christ?
5. Being pure in heart is the absence of ___________. The twin cousin of what it means to be pure in heart is__________ (Hebrews 12:14). To "see God" embraces at least two things lost by Adam when God banished him from the garden of Eden because of his rebellion both of which will one day be enjoyed again. What are they, and when will this restoration take place?