How Happiness Happens
Happiness - everyone wants it, many say they don't have it. Yet Jesus said there's a path to true, lasting joy that God has made available to every single one of us.
Those Poor, Happy People
Week 1: September 29th, 2019
Discussion Questions — Week 1
EACH WEEK, WE’LL POST NEW DISCUSSION QUESTIONS THAT CORRESPOND TO THAT WEEK’S SUNDAY MESSAGE. WHETHER OR NOT YOU ARE PART OF A FALL SMALL GROUP, WE HOPE YOU WILL REFLECT ON THESE QUESTIONS AS WE ALL SEEK FOR ANSWERS REGARDING GOD’S PLAN FOR TRUE HAPPINESS TOGETHER.
How would you define true happiness? When have you been most happy in your life?
Do you think it’s true that many people struggle to find true happiness? If so, why?
Read Matthew 5:1-12. Are there any themes that you see running throughout Jesus’ “blessed” statements? What are they?
In verse 3 what do you think Jesus meant when he said “blessed are the poor in spirit”? Why do you think he says that’s one of the characteristics of truly happy people?
Those Sad, Happy People
Week 2: October 6th, 2019
Discussion Questions — Week 2
Read Matthew 5:4. Most people likely don't think of mourning when they think of how to be happy. Why do you think Jesus made this statement? What do you think it means to mourn something? What do you think it looks like to be comforted as we mourn?
Read 1 John 1:8-9. What do you think of the idea of mourning your sin? What does it look like to do that? Do you agree that was at least one of the things Jesus had in mind with this particular beatitude?
Is mourning sin something that comes naturally to us? Why or why not? Why do you think mourning our sin would be part of God's pathway to true joy?
Those Desperate, Happy People
Week 3: October 13th, 2019
Discussion Questions — Week 3
Read Matthew 5:6. How would you define the word “righteousness”? What do you think it means to hunger and thirst for it?
Read Romans 3:21-26. How would you summarize what Paul is talking about? In light of these verses, do you think the application of the beatitude in Matthew 5:6 has more to do with desiring righteousness or desiring what truly makes us righteous? Why?
What does it look like to want more of Jesus in your life? What gets in the way of that? What can you start doing this week to grow in your hunger and thirst for Him?
The Heart of the Matter
Week 4: October 20th, 2019
Discussion Questions — Week 4
Read Matthew 5:8, John 1:18 and Revelation 22:4. In light of these verses and taking into account where we find them in the Bible, what do you think Jesus meant when he said "they will see God"?
What do you think it means to be "pure in heart"? Is there a difference between having a pure heart and being a perfect person? If so, how would you describe the difference?
Give an example of something you think can make our hearts "impure" and how it comes about. Based on Pastor Dave's message and what else you know from scripture and your own journey of faith, how would you describe God's path to being free from that heart issue?