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Key Thought:

No matter what you are going through, God has got you!


Key Quote

“God will take you from bitter to better!” Pastor Bil Cornelius



Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
  • What’s a relaxing hobby you enjoy?
  • What is your favorite possession and why?
  • What was your favorite thing to do as a kid that involved one of your parents?
  • What story has taught you the most?


Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.
  • What does it mean to be a peacemaker?
  • How can someone be blessed when they are mourning?
  • What does it mean to be “poor in spirit”, and how is that different from being poor?
  • Why is it so hard to admit our weaknesses and ask for help?



Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.
  • Where is an area that you are “poor”? How has God sustained you in that area?
  • How has God comforted you when you were struggling?
  • How can you apply this message to a specific area of your life?
  • How has God equipped you to change the world? Ask the group how you can if you’re unsure.



Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.

Dear Jesus, thank you that no matter what we are going through you are with us. We humble ourselves before you and ask for you comfort and blessing. In your name we pray, Amen.



Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
  • No matter what you are going through, if you have Jesus, you are still blessed. This truth gives you perspective and reminds you of the victory you have in Christ. Every morning as you wake up and every night as you go to bed speak the words “I’m still blessed” over yourself.
  • Think about how blessed you are. Write down the first five things that come to mind. Thank God for those five things every morning when you get up for the next week.
  • As a group discuss how God has equipped each of you to change the world, then put together a plan to help one another leverage that equipping and start changing the world.


Scriptures

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3a NAS

“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks, receives.

Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7 NLT

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:3a NAS

You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy. Psalm 30:11 NLT

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:3a NAS

Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. Isaiah 43:1b-3a NLT

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. Ephesians 1:3 ESV


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