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04.26.20

Happiness is a Choice Week 2

Happiness is a Choice Week 2

Series: Happiness is a Choice: Discovering What Actually Makes Us Happy

Key Passage: Matthew 5:4-5

Discussion Questions

 

Getting Started

 

  • Talk about a time when you thought a material possession would make you happy (we’ve all thought it). Did you acquire that possession? If so, how long did your happiness last?

  • If the statement “God doesn’t want you to be happy; he wants you to be holy” is flawed, how would you describe the relationship between holiness and happiness?  

 

Study     Read Matthew 5:1-12 

 

  • What are the eight elements of the pathway to happiness developed in this passage?

  • What are some reasons it’s difficult for us to live as though we’re dependent on God for provision, pardon, and protection? What do we lose when we live like that? What do we gain?

  • Unfortunately, we are more prone to respond to our sin with shifting/shame rather than grief. Why is this?  

  • Explain how our willingness and ability to mourn well contributes to real happiness?

  • In what way does meekness (Gospel-shaped humility) contribute to true and lasting happiness?

 

Respond to Each of These Statements.   Agree?  Disagree?  Why or Why not?

 

  • It is possible to become so fearful of death that we fail to really live.  

  • When we fail to grieve our sin it give it power is has no right to possess.

  • Meekness is possessing a proper estimation or valuation of oneself within the broader context of God’s creation and love.  (Gospel-driven humility)  

  • Meekness is revealed when we respond to another’s sin with grief rather than anger or animosity. 

  • Meekness chooses to leverage their power and privilege for the benefit with those without because the recognize the source of their power and privilege.  

  • Meekness maintains the tension between my brokenness and blessedness, being deserving of God’s anger and being granted God’s favor.