We are providing questions that tie back to the preceding Sunday's primary reading and sermon each week. Feel free to think about these on your own, to discuss with a family member or friend, or to use these within your small group.
All Saints Day - Readings: Revelation 7:9-17; Matthew 5:1-12
1. Blessing in the Bible is more than a wish or hope that something might happen. It carries with it the expectation that it WILL happen. Given that, what do you notice about the groups of people Jesus blesses in Matthew 5:3-12?
2. When are you most likely to hear someone describe themselves as "blessed" today? How do those circumstances compare to those Jesus blesses? What do you think about this?
3. Which of the blessings that Jesus speaks is most meaningful to you? Why?
4. When you read the description of those present worshiping Jesus in Revelation 7, what do you notice?
5. What part of "every" is most comforting to you? Most challenging?
6. How does this scene compare to the composition and focus of the global church today?
7. How might this scene influence how you relate to fellow Christians who vote differently than you do?