Scripture to Read
Recall a time in your life where you had a momentary setback but it paid off in the long run.
- Why do you think Jesus began the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1-12) by talking about the “poor in spirit”, “those who mourn”, “those who are persecuted”, and other unfortunate circumstances?
- Why is it so easy to focus on the payoff now rather than long-term benefits?
- The work of the apostles has helped bring billions of people to faith, most of which didn’t occur during the apostles’ lifetimes. Is it difficult for you to imagine the impact your work for the kingdom of Heaven is going to have after you’re no longer on this earth? Why or why not?
- Read Hebrews 11:1. How does this verse relate to the Sermon on the Mount and what does it mean to you?
- During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus instructed us to prize things like weakness, sacrifice, grief, and more. He didn’t, however, ask us to seek out these things. What’s the difference?
- How does Isaiah 41:10 relate to what Jesus taught during the Sermon on the Mount?
- What’s something you’re doing right now to invest in the long-term future of Christ’s ministry? What’s something you could start doing?
Close in Prayer