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Meet Jesus - The Surprise

Each week, as you take in the Bible, find some friends to talk it out. You can follow this simple guide to help. First, R.E.A.D. and P.R.A.Y. on your own. Then, meet with friends to share what you've learned.

R - Retell it P - Praise

E - Examine it R - Repent

A - Apply it A - Ask

D - Discuss it Y - Yield

Sunday's Message Text:

Bible Plan Readings - Week 22


  • Think of a surprise in the Bible. What makes it a surprise? Is it what you thought it would be, only to be stopped in your tracks and stunned?


  • From Sunday's message in Matthew 5, or the Meet Jesus Bible Reading Plan this week, what is impacting you the most? Was there a word, phrase, Bible verse, or theme that impacted you? Hint: What did you highlight

  • What makes the Kingdom of Heaven a surprise? Why does Jesus go the opposite way of the world?

  • Can you see structure in the 8 blessings of Matthew 5:3-10? What is the emphasis at the end of each block (v3-6, v7-10)? Why is righteousness such a big deal to Jesus and the Kingdom?

  • Which of the 8 blessings speaks loudest to you? What about it points you back to Jesus fulfilling that blessing?

  • Where does a greater righteousness, the righteousness of God come from? (See Romans 3:21-22, Romans 1:16-17) What role, if any, do you fill in righteousness? What role does God fill?


  • The only command/request/imperative in the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12) is to rejoice. Does this describe you? Is rejoicing and gladness easy or hard for you?

  • What makes rejoicing a surprise reaction when life stinks (reviled, persecuted, etc)?

  • Do you tend to dwell on the good news or bad news of life? How could you practically think more about good news?

  • What excites you in life? Does Jesus stir your excitement? If yes, how?


  • Right now in your life, what are you hungering and thirsting for?


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