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MESSAGE: Stranger Things
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 5:1-12

MESSAGE SUMMARY
People have never been more attracted to the strange, the phenomenal, the abnormal, and the inexplicable as they are today. From interest in UFOs to government conspiracy theories to TV shows about any of the above, people are looking beyond the natural and into the supernatural. Likewise in New Testament times. The world was longing for a hero to come, but Jesus was not the hero they were expecting! The Sermon on the Mount displays just how strange the mission and the kingdom that Jesus proclaimed was to the people of His day. Let’s consider four elements that must have seemed like stranger things to most people then and still are now.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Group Guide: June 13, 2021
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: “Stranger Things”
Text: Matthew 5:1-12

Main Point
People have never been more attracted to the strange, the phenomenal, the abnormal, and the inexplicable as they are today. From interest in UFOs to government conspiracy theories to TV shows about any of the above, people are looking beyond the natural and into the supernatural. Likewise in New Testament times. The world was longing for a hero to come, but Jesus was not the hero they were expecting! The Sermon on the Mount displays just how strange the mission and the kingdom that Jesus proclaimed was to the people of His day. In this message, we consider four elements that must have seemed like stranger things to most people then and still are now.

“And they were all amazed, and they glorified God and were filled with fear, saying, ‘We have seen strange things today!’” —Luke 5:26

Talk about It

  1. When you first heard the gospel, did it seem strange to you? Talk about what it sounded like when you first understood what the gospel really is.
  2. Discuss the most effective ways for Jesus followers to reach the world. How will you get involved in that process?
  3. Go through the Beatitudes together. Pick out two that you’ve had success with in the last year; then, pick two that you’ve struggled with and need growth in.
  4. How is the joy Jesus gives different than the happiness the world offers?
“Joy isn’t the absence of trouble—it’s the presence of Jesus Christ.” —Pastor Skip

Make It PracticalPray
Father, thank You that the happiness that You offer is different than the world’s happiness. Although strange, Your happiness is true and authentic. We are bankrupt before You and mourn our sin. Humble us and make us meek, like You. Give us a hunger and a thirst for righteousness and grant us joy through the sweet, real presence of Jesus. We want to live for You. In His wonderful name, amen.

Facilitator TipsCross references: Matthew 4:23-25; 6:8; 7:28-29; 9:35-38; Luke 5:26; John 2:23; 6:15; 18:36; Acts 17:20; 1 Corinthians 1:18; 1 Peter 4:4

OUTLINE


  1. A Strange Hopefulness (4:23-25; 5:1)

  2. A Strange Emphasis (5:2)

  3. A Strange Truthfulness (5:3, 10)

  4. A Strange Happiness (5:3-12)

Topic: Beatitudes

Keywords: Christian living, the gospel, happiness, harvest, hope, joy, kingdom, Sermon on the Mount, supernatural


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